Sly & The Family Stone


Sly and the Family Stone was a band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music.

Headed by singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and containing several of his family members and friends, the band was the first major American rock band to have an “integrated, multi-gender” lineup. Brothers Sly Stone and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone combined their bands in 1967. Sly and Freddie Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Gregg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham comprised the original lineup; Sly and Freddie’s sister, singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, joined within a year.

They recorded five Billboard Hot 100 hits which reached the top 10, and four ground-breaking albums, which greatly influenced the sound of American pop, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop music. In the preface of his 1998 book For the Record: Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral History, Joel Selvin sums up the importance of Sly and the Family Stone’s influence on African American music by stating “there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone”. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

During the early 1970s, the band switched to a grittier funk sound, which was as influential on the music industry as their earlier work. The band began to fall apart during this period because of drug abuse and ego clashes; consequently, the fortunes and reliability of the band deteriorated, leading to its dissolution in 1975.

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Side One

Runnin’ Away

Side Two

Brave & Strong

Makes No Difference What Group I’m In


‘Cause I am everyday people, yeah, yeah

There is a blue one who can’t accept the green one
For living with a fat one, trying to be a skinny one
And different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and Scooby dooby doo-bee
Oh, sha sha, we got to live together

I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me, you hate me, you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in
‘Cause I am everyday people

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Side One

Everyday People

Side Two

Sing a Simple Song

Aswad Has Feelings And Wants To Give Love


Remember when I mentioned a pile of reggae albums at Garnick’s? This is another little gem from those stacks. We still have about 20 albums left to pick up AND they’re getting a huge shipment soon too. I think I’m going to need a third job to keep up soon!

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Side One

Give a Little Love
Gimme the Dub

Side Two

Feelings
Gimme the Dub (Hip Hop Mix)

Simply Red


Simply Red was an English soul and pop band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career.

Their style drew upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic and rock to reggae and jazz. At the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group.

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Side One

The Right Thing

Side Two

There’s a Light

Solomon Burke, The Bishop Of Soul


Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s. Burke was referred to as “King Solomon”, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Soul”, “Bishop of Soul” and the “Muhammad Ali of soul”.

Due to his minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, Burke has been described as the genre’s “most unfairly overlooked singer” of its golden age. Burke’s most famous recordings, which spanned five years in the early 1960s, bridged the gap between mainstream R&B and grittier R&B.  He drew from his roots – gospel, jazz, country and blues – as well as developing his own style at a time when R&B, and rock were both still in their infancy.

During the 55 years that he performed professionally, Burke released 38 studio albums on at least 17 record labels and had 35 singles that charted in the US, including 26 singles that made the Billboard R&B charts. In 2001, Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a performer. His album Don’t Give Up on Me won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 45th Grammy Awards in 2003. By 2005 Burke was credited with selling 17 million albums.

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Side One

I Wish I Knew

Side Two

It’s Just a Matter of Time