- 14 April 2015
The legendary Sly & The Family Stone—in conjunction with Epic/Legacy—is dropping a four-disc set of previously unreleased live shows recorded at the Fillmore East venue in 1968. Both nights had two sets—an early show and a late show. Visit Complex.com now to hear a live version of "Music Lover" from their early Oct. 5, 1968 performance. It will be part of the collection, Sly & The Family Stone—Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968, set for release on July 17th and available for pre-order now.
- 14 April 2015
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE—LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST OCTOBER 4th & 5th 1968 TO BE RELEASED FRIDAY, JULY 17
Four-Disc Debut Release of Previously Unreleased Live Set Recorded at Legendary Fillmore East Venue
Double Vinyl LP “Best-Of” from shows, compiled by “Captain” Kirk Douglas of The Roots, to be released exclusively for Record Store Day 2015
New York, NY - Epic/Legacy is excited to announce the debut release of SLY & THE FAMILY STONE—LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST OCTOBER 4th & 5th 1968, a four-disc set of previously unreleased live shows recorded during the band’s rise at New York City’s legendary venue. The set is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 17 and is available now for pre-order (http://smarturl.it/sfs_lafe_amzn).
Sly & The Family Stone’s reputation as one of the most influential bands of the 1960s has rarely been in denial. The group effortlessly combined upbeat, funky melodies with socially conscious lyrics, which would paint a vivid picture of the sociopolitical landscape of the ‘60s while also creating a road map for pop music in the decades to come. This four-disc anthology presents a lesser-known side of the band: not the dominant soul-funk-pop juggernaut of the late 1960s, but an up-and-coming ensemble whose onstage energy could not be contained.
On October 4th and 5th, 1968, shortly after the release of the band’s third album Life, Sly & The Family Stone took the stage at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East in New York City. Along with the success of Dance To The Music, which was released earlier that year and spun off the Top 10 hit of the same name, Sly & The Family Stone were making a name for themselves on the concert circuit, with their dynamic, high energy live performances.
Epic Records, the group's record company, recorded all four of these concerts (two shows per night) with plans to release a live album that would consist of selections from these performances. But the release was shelved after the release of the single “Everyday People,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969 and anticipated the band’s breakthrough year, with the acclaimed album Stand! and an increasing spotlight in the public eye culminating in an appearance at Woodstock that summer.
Sly & The Family Stone—Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968 features all four of these energetic shows, which mark not only the first release of these sets but the first official release primarily highlighting live material from the group. The collection will be preceded by a double-vinyl ‘best-of’ featuring highlights from all four shows compiled by “Captain” Kirk Douglas, guitarist for The Roots. This special package will be exclusively available at participating independent record retailers on Record Store Day (April 18, 2015).
“Captain” Kirk Douglas, guitarist for The Roots states, “This performance is living breathing evidence of how much of a force of nature Sly & the Family Stone were at this point of their career. Every member of the group shines in a way that I can only describe as a revelation. It was enjoyable listening to the band break free from the studio arrangements of the songs we know and love to find new interpretations. And to think they did this twice in one evening! The heaviest of rock and the funkiest of soul jumps out of the speakers combined with a message just as relevant today as the day it was recorded. This deserves to be played LOUD!”
The complete SLY & THE FAMILY STONE—LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST OCTOBER 4th & 5th 1968 track listing is below:
CD 1 (Recorded Live at the Fillmore East, NYC, October 4, 1968-Early Show)
1. Are You Ready
2. Color Me True
3. Won’t Be Long
4. We Love All (Freedom)
5. MEDLEY: Turn Me Loose / I Can’t Turn You Loose
7. Love City
CD 2 (Recorded Live at the Fillmore East, NYC, October 4, 1968 -Late Show)
1. M’ Lady
2. Don’t Burn Baby
3. Color Me True
4. Won’t Be Long
5. St. James Infirmary
6. MEDLEY: Turn Me Loose / I Can’t Turn You Loose
7. Are You Ready
8. Dance To The Music
9. Music Lover
10. MEDLEY: Life / Music Lover
CD 3 (Recorded Live at the Fillmore East, NYC, October 5, 1968-Early Show)
2. Color Me True
3. Won’t Be Long
4. Are You Ready
5. Dance To The Music
6. Music Lover
7. M’ Lady
CD 4 (Recorded Live at the Fillmore East, NYC, October 5, 1968-Late Show)
1. M’ Lady
3. Are You Ready
4. Won’t Be Long
5. Color Me True
6. Dance To The Music
7. Music Lover
8. Love City
MEDLEY: 9. Turn Me Loose / I Can’t Turn You Loose
10. The Riffs
The SLY & THE FAMILY STONE—LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST 2LP track listing is below:
SIDE ONE: M’ Lady ; Life ; Are You Ready SIDE TWO: Won’t Be Long ; Color Me True ; We Love All (Freedom) SIDE THREE: Dance To The Music ; Music Lover SIDE FOUR: Love City ; MEDLEY: Turn Me Loose / I Can’t Turn You Loose ; The Riffs
- 26 March 2015
Sly & The Family Stone’s 1969 album, Stand!, is among 25 recordings selected this year to be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian of Congress each year selects 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old.
Stand! (album) — Sly & The Family Stone (1969)
This 1969 album had twin objectives — to urge people to get along despite cultural differences and to encourage people to get out of their chairs and move. The album was propelled by an impossibly smooth horn section, a funky organ and dangerous maneuverings of the guitar and bass. Its key selections — “Sing a Simple Song,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Stand!” and “Everyday People” — are instantly recognizable and serve as foundational statements in the music of the late 1960s and as precursors of the ’70s’ soul and funk. Before forming the group in 1967, leader and vocalist Sly Stone had been a fixture of the San Francisco music scene, playing in several bands, deejaying for radio stations KSOL and KDIA and successfully producing Bobby Freeman, The Beau Brummels and The Mojo Men. Having produced the multiracial band’s previous three albums, Stone was amply qualified for this, the group’s fourth studio effort. The resulting record remains one of the most heavily sampled records of all time and was the undisputed high point of this band’s recording legacy.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.
- 5 February 2015
At a recent tribute concert in Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf officially declared January 24, 2015 as Sly & The Family Stone Day, citing the local band’s positive message. Original band members were on hand to accept the award. Watch the proclamation (presented by Undercover concert promoter Lyz Luke and KPFA's Rickey Vincent), courtesy of KQED Arts.
- 21 October 2014
In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly’s musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar, minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four seven-inch singles. Stone Flower’s releases were credited to their individual artists, but each had Sly’s design and musicianship stamped into the grooves–and the words “Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stone” on the sticker.
Set up by Stone’s manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was, predictably, a family affair: the first release was by Little Sister, fronted by Stone’s little sister Vaetta Stewart. It was short lived too–the imprint folded in 1971–but its influence was longer lasting. The sound Stone formulated while working on Stone Flower’s output would shape the next phase in his own career as a recording artist: it was here he began experimenting with the brand new Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. In conjunction with languid, effected organ and guitar sounds and a distinctly lo-fi soundscape, Sly’s productions for Stone Flower would inform the basis of his masterwork There’s A Riot Goin’ On.
The first 45 came in February 1970: Little Sister’s dancefloor-ready “You’re The One” hit Number 22 in the charts–the label’s highest showing. The follow-up, “Stanga," also by Little Sister, made the wah pedal the star. The third release came from 6IX, a six-piece multi-racial rock group whose sole release, a super-slow version of The Family Stone’s “Dynamite," featured only the lead singer and harmonica player from the group. Joe Hicks was the final Stone Flower stablemate; his pulsing, electronic "Life And Death In G&A” is one of the bleakest moments Sly Stone ever created on disc (Hicks’ prior single for Scepter, “Home Sweet Home,” the first released Stone Flower production, is also included).
This compilation of Sly’s Stone Flower era gathers each side of the five 45s plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives, all newly remastered from the original tapes. In these grooves you’ll find the missing link between the rocky, soulful Sly Stone of Stand! and the dark, drum machine-punctuated, overdubbed sound of There’s A Riot Going On. I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 opens up the mysteries of an obscure but monumental phase in Stone’s career.
1. Little Sister - You're the One (Parts 1 & 2)
2. Sly Stone - Just Like a Baby
3. Joe Hicks - Home Sweet Home (Part 2)
4. 6IX - I'm Just Like You
5. Little Sister - Somebody's Watching You (Full Band Version)
6. Joe Hicks - Life & Death in G & A
7. 6IX - Trying to Make You Feel Good
8. Little Sister - Stanga
9. 6IX - Dynamite
10. Little Sister - You're the One (Early Version)
11. Sly Stone - Africa
12. Joe Hicks - I'm Goin' Home (Part 1)
13. Little Sister - Somebody's Watching You
14. 6IX - You Can, We Can
15. Sly Stone - Spirit
16. 6IX - I'm Just Like You (Full Band Version)
17. Sly Stone - Scared
18. 6IX - Dynamite (Alternate Version)
Rolling Stone review: 3 1/2 stars
- 3 July 2014
Sly & The Family Stone's "If You Want Me To Stay" is one of the songs featured in the new movie, Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy in theaters now. Can't wait to hear it in the movie? Get the song now at iTunes!
- 11 June 2014
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is staging a variety of free programs related to its interactive exhibit, "Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience.''
The first is at 1 p.m. Friday, June 20, in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater. Lauren Onkey, the vice president of education and public programs, will interview original Sly & The Family Stone members Cynthia Robinson, Greg Errico and Jerry Martini, who played trumpet, drums and sax, respectively, for rock's first integrated, multi-gender band.
And they know their festivals, having been part of Woodstock in 1969 and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in the United Kingdom. The event is free with a reservation, available at tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall box office.
Read more at Cleveland.com.
- 21 May 2014
Legacy Recordings Releasing Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection, Iconic Vocal Recordings Fused With New Brazilian Grooves via Production Vision of The Berman Brothers
Celebrates the All In One Rhythm™ Theme of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ With 12 New Brazilian Arrangements of Classic Tracks By Bill Withers, the Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, and More
Tracks From This Innovative Album Are Set To Be Included in
ESPN’s Comprehensive 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Coverage Starting June 12th
Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection Digital Release Now Available; 12” Vinyl Due May 27th; CD Arrives On June 23rd
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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection, an innovative collection of 12 beloved vocal recordings re-experienced through new samba and bossa nova arrangements created by iconic Brazilian musicians and The Berman Brothers. The perfect summer soundtrack party album, Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection includes first single, “Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version)” by Bill Withers with Studio Rio and will be released just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, scheduled for June 12th - July 13th. Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection is available now at all digital music providers; the 12” vinyl LP arrives on May 27th with a CD edition following on June 23rd.
Embracing the All In One Rhythm™ Theme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection blends 12 iconic performances - from Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Sly & The Family Stone, The Isley Brothers, Mel Tormé, Nina Simone, Johnny Nash, Dave Brubeck with Carmen McRae, Andy Williams and Sarah Vaughan - with new samba and bossa nova arrangements and production inspired by the spirit of Brazilian music.
Tracks from Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection will be included throughout ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, with multiple songs from the album slated to soundtrack the network’s multi-platform presentation of the quadrennial tournament. In addition, the collection’s “It’s Your Thing” (Studio Rio Version)” by The Isley Brothers with Studio Rio is among the highlights included on Sony Music Entertainment’s recently released One Love, One Rhythm – The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album.
Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection is the latest innovative musical project from the award-winning production duo, the Berman Brothers (Frank and Christian). The project saw the Berman Brothers seeking out the original multi-track masters and then utilizing state-of-the-art separation technology from Science of Sounds to extract exquisitely pristine and detailed vocals. The newly isolated vocals were then melded with brand-new, authentic backing arrangements played by Studio Rio, an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers from the bossa nova and samba genres, including Latin GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend Marcos Valle.
"Music is the heart and soul of Brazil, celebrating with syncopated beats and beautifully expressive melodies. It’s the life force of the entire culture," wrote the Berman Brothers in their notes for Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection. "We have always had a huge appreciation of Brazilian music. Between us, we have a massive collection of bossa nova and samba recordings, new and old, a lot which we found in flea markets in Amsterdam, Paris, and London.... Once you get into this music, there really is no way to stop. It was this joyful and timeless music that inspired the idea for this collection. Our goal was to bring the Brazilian joie de vivre to iconic performances by well-known American artists like Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, and many others. What would these classic songs sound like had they been recorded in the studios of Rio de Janeiro in the first place, with the best Brazilian musicians and arrangers?”
“It was an amazing journey—bringing together these American classics and the vibrancy of Brazilian music with the help of so many talented musicians, arrangers and a dedicated production team. We learned many things putting together this music including what was the most important, and least surprising lesson of all: Brazil is the most musical place we have ever been in our lives.”
The Berman Brothers have a long history of coupling classic and contemporary sounds from around the world, including Rhythms Del Mundo (2006), a cross-cultural album summit which fused an all-star cast of Cuban musicians like Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club with US and UK artists and superstars including U2, Coldplay, Sting, Jack Johnson, Maroon5, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and others. Rhythms del Mundo was released in more than 61 countries and received multiple sales awards worldwide.
During the past 20 years, the Berman Brothers have received more than 90 gold and platinum awards, two BMI Awards, a GRAMMY® nomination (for "Love One Another," recorded by Cher) and a place in history for their production and remix of the Baha Men's colossal hit, "Who Let the Dogs Out." As producers, writers and publishers, the Bermans have worked with an array of international superstars including Coldplay, Sting, Cher, Real McCoy, Dido, Maroon5, Sophie B. Hawkins, Reamonn, and members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.
Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
1. Bill Withers with Studio Rio - Lovely Day
2. Aretha Franklin with Studio Rio - Walk On By
3. Marvin Gaye with Studio Rio - Sexual Healing
4. Billie Holiday with Studio Rio - You’ve Changed
5. Sly & The Family Stone with Studio Rio - Family Affair
6. The Isley Brothers with Studio Rio - It’s Your Thing
7. Mel Tormé with Studio Rio - I’ve Got You Under My Skin
8. Nina Simone with Studio Rio – I Wish I Knew What It Means To Be Free
9. Johnny Nash with Studio Rio - I Can See Clearly Now
10. Dave Brubeck with Carmen McRae with Studio Rio - Take 5
11. Andy Williams with Studio Rio - Music To Watch Girls By
12. Sarah Vaughan with Studio Rio – Summertime
- 4 February 2014
Finding The Funk is getting its television premiere on VH1 TONIGHT at 10PM ET/PT. Directed by cultural critic Nelson George, the new VH1 Rock Doc chronicles one of pop music’s most beloved genres, exploring both the components and the innovative artists behind funk’s rise throughout the 1970s.
The film gets a helping hand from The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who provides narration, as well as memories and insights from legends like Bootsy Collins, Sly Stone, D’Angelo, Shelia E and many more. Watch the trailer below:
- 20 December 2013
Enter at VEVO.com for a chance to win the most incredible box sets ever assembled featuring some of the most iconic names in the Legacy Recordings catalog! The prize package includes Sly & The Family Stone's Higher!:
- Herbie Hancock – The Complete Columbia Album Collection (34 discs, 200 pg book)
- Sly & The Family Stone - Higher! (77–track over view and rarities box)
- Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection (12 studio albums, 2 live albums)
- Harry Nilsson – The RCA Albums Collection (14 discs + 65 bonus tracks)
- Bob Dylan – The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1 (all 41 official albums, 286 pg book)
- The Clash box set (all 12 studio albums, 3 demo albums, DVD)
- Miles Davis – The Original Mono Recordings (9 discs)
- Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1969 (3 discs, DVD)
- Kings of Leon – The Collection Box (5 albums, DVD)
- Julio Iglesias – Greatest Hits Deluxe Version (2 discs, DVD)
- Mad Season – Above Deluxe Edition (2 discs, DVD)
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (4 discs, 80 pg book)
- Elvis Presley – Elvis at Stax (3 discs, 40 pg book)
- Taj Mahal – The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (13 albums, 15 discs)
- 28 October 2013
Biker drama Sons of Anarchy has covered Sly & The Family Stone's "Everyday People." The FX show's music supervisor and composer, Bob Thiele, was mindful of Sly Stone's legacy while managing the thrill of playing one of his songs. "Recording 'Everyday People' has easily been the biggest challenge I've had over the course of working on this show," Thiele told Rolling Stone. "First of all, Sly. In my book, none better. As big as the Beatles or Stones."
Much of the difficulty involved expanding "Everyday People" from its original form to five-and-a-half minutes -- along with fitting vocalists Audra Mae, Billy Valentine, Katey Sagal, Curtis Stigers and Franky Perez into the track. "Finding a new voice for the song, that's the challenge and that is what makes this work so gratifying."
Listen to the Sons of Anarchy cover of "Everyday People" and read more at RollingStone.com.
- 24 October 2013
Okayplayer has unveiled the final video in its Throwback Thursday interview series with members of Sly & The Family Stone, who gathered in the studio to review the newly-remastered versions of their classic tracks for the Higher! box set. The video focuses on "Stand!" -- one of The Family Stone’s most resounding and lasting statements -- and the stand they were trying to make as they tried to change the world. And don't miss your opportunity to enter for a chance to win the box set!