Sly Stone - I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969 - 70

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I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 is a compilation album of Various Artists from Sly Stone’s Stone Flower label, released in November 2014 by Light In The Attic Records.

In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly’s musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalogue of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar, minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four seven-inch singles. Stone Flower’s releases were credited to their individual artists, but each had Sly’s design and musicianship stamped into the grooves - and the words “Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stone” on the sticker.

Set up by Stone’s manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was, predictably, a family affair: the first release was by Little Sister, fronted by Stone’s little sister Vaetta Stewart. It was short lived too - the imprint folded in 1971 - but its influence was longer lasting. The sound Stone formulated while working on Stone Flower’s output would shape the next phase in his own career as a recording artist: it was here he began experimenting with the brand new Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. In conjunction with languid, effected organ and guitar sounds and a distinctly lo-fi soundscape, Sly’s productions for Stone Flower would inform the basis of his masterwork ‘There’s A Riot Goin’ On’.

The first 45 came in February 1970: Little Sister’s dancefloor-ready “You’re The One” hit Number 22 in the charts - the label’s highest showing. The follow-up, “Stanga", also by Little Sister, made the wah pedal the star. The third release came from 6IX, a six-piece multi-racial rock group whose sole release, a super-slow version of The Family Stone’s “Dynamite", featured only the lead singer and harmonica player from the group. Joe Hicks was the final Stone Flower stable mate; his pulsing, electronic "Life And Death In G&A” is one of the bleakest moments Sly Stone ever created on disc (Hicks’ prior single for Scepter, “Home Sweet Home,” the first released Stone Flower production, is also included).

This long overdue compilation of Sly’s Stone Flower era gathers each side of the five 45s plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives, all newly remastered from the original tapes. In these grooves you’ll find the missing link between the rocky, soulful Sly Stone of ‘Stand!’ and the dark, drum machine-punctuated, overdubbed sound of ‘There’s A Riot Going On’. I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 opens up the mysteries of an obscure but monumental phase in Stone’s career.

Check out the tracks: “You’re The One”, “Stanga”, “Dynamite”, “I’m Just Like You”, “Life & Death In G & A” and “Home Sweet Home”. 

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve is remastered from the original analogue tapes and is pressed in the USA on black vinyl.

(826853012119)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Artist

Time

A1

You’re The One (Parts 1 & 2)

Little Sister

5:25

A2

Just Like A Baby

Sly

4:02

A3

Home Sweet Home (Part 2)

Jow Hicks

3:01

A4

I’m Just Like You

6IX

3:08

A5

Somebody’s Watching You (Full Band Version)

Little Sister

3:51

B1

Life & Death In G & A (Parts 1 &2)

Joe Hicks

5:59

B2

Trying To Make You Feel Good

6IX

5:52

B3

Stanga

Little Sister

3:43

B4

Dynamite

6IX

3:10

B5

You’re The One (Early Version)

Little Sister

2:54

C1

I’m Goin’ Home (part 1)

Joe Hicks

2:58

C2

Africa

Sly

7:43

C3

Somebody’s Watching You

Little Sister

2:57

C4

You Can, We Can

6IX

5:33

D1

I’m Just Like You (Full Band Version)

6IX

6:14

D2

Spirit

Sly

3:00

D3

Dynamite (Alternate Version)

6IX

3:42

D4

Scared

Sly

5:31

SKU 826853012119
Record Label Light In The Attic Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number LITA 121
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 04 November 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 04 November 2014
Barcode # 826853012119
Shipping Weight 0.6950kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, In Depth Liner Notes, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Funk / Soul
Genre Funk
Genre Soul
Format VINYL LP

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