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In October 1968, the alchemic brew that was Sly & The Family Stone was about to come to the boil. They’d had nice big hits with Dance To The Music and Life. Those singles’ parent albums had been well received. They had a reputation as a thrilling, dynamic live act. They recorded all four sets from 4th and 5th October at The Fillmore with a view to editing them down to a forty minute live album. However, one month later, Everyday People shot to number one, fortunes were being made and the live album was shelved. Now, all four shows have been released in their entirety across 4 CDs.
The Family Stone were a seven piece and are said to be the first multi-racial, integrated band, featuring two women and two white men (segregation had only been abolished a few years before). They mixed gospel organ, rock guitar and a funky rhythm at a time when funk was being invented, in order to deliver tightly written pop songs with a simple message of peace and harmony. They had four lead voices wide in variety of style and range. In addition, Cynthia Robinson would set » Continue Reading.