Album: Dance to The Music
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Blazing through the late sixties like an unexpected comet, Sly & The Family Stone filled the skies with incendiary live performances, a couple of classic studio albums, and some of the greatest singles ever recorded — many of which fill one of top five greatest hits albums ever released anywhere.
Sly & The Family Stone was the brainchild of a Texas-born, Bay Area-raised DJ who was born as Sylvester Stewart but went by the stage name Sly Stone. Sly had the idea of a multi-gender, multi-racial band that was — as their debut album proclaimed — a whole new thing. Said whole new thing didn’t quite click, as even the best tracks — like the stop-start soul shouter single “Underdog” — didn’t quite add up to more than the sum of their parts.