March 12, 2010 Playlist

"Stand!" by Sly & the Family Stone (1969)
Sly & the Family Stone  "Stand!"  1969 (USA)
Sly Stone's birthday is March 15, and I usually pay respects every year since he was one of the most talented forces in 60's and 70's music.  This was the fourth Family Stone album, and the group's commercial breakthrough.  Scoring no less than five Top 40 singles (including the #1 smash "Everyday People"), Stand! was one of the best selling albums of its era and remains a timeless classic of "hippie soul."  The group appeared at the Woodstock festival later in the year, and at the dawn of the 1970's they were one of the most popular American groups around.  However drugs and personal turmoil started to tear the family apart, and original members Larry Graham and Greg Errico left the band during the recording of their next album, the devastating masterpiece There's A Riot Goin' On.  Sly faded away during the early 1980's, but he's still out there somewhere.  A band called The Family Stone carries on to this day with a couple original members and Sly's blessing, and he even performs with them sometimes.  Rumour has it he may even be working on a new album for release in 2010!!  (If that actually happens, it will be his first since 1982.)
Here's a smokin' TV appearance with the band in their prime playing a medley of four of their hits: "Everyday People",  "Dance To The Music", "Hot Fun In The Summertime" and "I Wanna Take You Higher".  And here's their next #1 smash, "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" from 1970.   Sly got a lot more erratic in the mid-1970's -- here he is doing a slower version of the title track from this album, "Stand!" (remember to stay off the cocaine, kids!)  And here's Sly with the current Family Stone band (which includes Rose, Cynthia and Jerry from the original group) -- playing their final #1 hit, "Family Affair".
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Sly & The Family Stone Luv & Haight There's A Riot Goin' On 1971 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Stand! Stand!
1969 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Somebody's Watching You Stand!
1969 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Sing A Simple Song Stand!
1969 USA
"George Clinton & Parliament - Funkadelic" Get Off Your Ass And Jam / Night Of The Thumpasaurus People (live) Mothership Connection Live From Houston (original soundtrack) rec. 1976 USA
Jimi Hendrix
Ships Passing Through The Night Valleys Of Neptune (N - posthumous release) 2010 (Sony Legacy) USA
Dust A Sufi And A Killer (N) 2010 (Warp) USA
Golden Triangle
Blood And Arrow Double Jointer (N) 2010 (Hardly Art) USA
Black Dogs & Bubbles American Gong (N) 2010 (Kill Rock Stars) USA
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Even Heroes Have To Die The Brutalist Bricks (N) 2010 (Matador) USA
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
Waiting For The D Train Between My Head And The Sky (N) 2009 (Chimera) Japan/USA
Mission Of Burma Einstein's Day Vs. 1982 USA
Mondo Drag
New Rituals New Rituals (N) 2010 (Alive Naturalsound) USA
Moon Duo
Escape Escape (N) 2010 (Woodsist) USA
Ariel Pink Good Kids Make Bad Grown Ups The Doldrums 2004 USA
Guzzo Pinc Cripple Tree The Sea (N - cassette) 2010 (Earjerk) USA
Four-Tet This Unfolds There Is Love In You (N) 2010 (Domino) UK
Jimi TenorTony Allen
Three Continents Inspiration Information #4 (N) 2009 (Strut) Finland & Nigeria
Tony Williams Lifetime There Comes A Time Ego 1971 USA
John McLaughlin & Carlos Santana A Love Supreme (John Coltrane) Love Devotion Surrender 1973 UK & Mexico/USA
John McLaughlin Hope Where Fortune Smiles 1970 UK
John McLaughlin Arjen's Bag Extrapolation 1969 UK
Jack De Johnette's Directions (with John Abercrombie) Mimya's The Mooch New Rags 1977 USA
Colin Walcott (with John Abercrombie) Scimitar Cloud Dance 1976 USA
John Abercrombie (with Jack De Johnette) Lungs Timeless 1975 USA
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