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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sly Stone - Sing A Simple Song / Dance To The Music

Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart, March 15, 1943, in Denton, TX) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly & The Family Stone, With that band he played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and 1970s. Sly & the Family Stone which started in Vallejo, CA had 18 top 100 hits before calling it quits in 1975. I believe the split was due to the band's shaky reputation for not showing up at concerts (which caused promoters to avoid booking them), and a disastrous engagement at Radio City Music Hall in January of 1975.

In 1979, Epic Records released Ten Years Too Soon, an album of remixes of Sly & the Family Stone songs. Many rock jounalists denouced this LP as a cheap and shameless exploitation. As they saw it, great works of art were being tampered with and just a way for a record company to try to make money. Of course, at this time, critics hated disco music and were determined to condemn the LP before hearing it. However, I feel that John Luongo, the remixer of the LP, did a fantastic job on these songs. I feel they might even be better than the real thing. Enjoy

Songs taken from the original 12" single on Epic 50794
Sing A Simple Song - 6:12
Dance To The Music - 6:45
Both songs charted on October 27, 1979. Spent 12 weeks on the chart and reached #36

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