Sly and The Family Stone - There's A Riot Going On

Sly and The Family Stone - There's A Riot Going On

Album #151 - November 1971

Episode date - September 2, 2020

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    Yeah, it was a riot, but not in the conventional sense. Frankly, Sly was too stoned to get out of bed and leave his environs, but the riot was internal.

    The stark difference between this album and Sly Stone’s previous work is dumbfounding, and although the album was a #1 hit, it confounded his fan base considerably. The multi-ethnic, sexually mixed high energy statement of previous albums was utterly lacking here, with Sly succumbing to drugs and political pressure until the album became so deeply personal that most fans completely misunderstood this album in its time. Funny how, decades later, the genius hiding inside the hiss and confusion would become the album’s defining characteristic, and also its most influential.

    Featured tracks include:

    Luv ‘n Haight

    Just Like a Baby

    Poet

    Family Affair

    Africa Talks to You ‘The Asphalt Jungle’

    There’s a Riot Goin’ On

    Brave and Strong

    You Caught Me Smilin’

    Time

    Spaced Cowboy

    Runnin’ Away

    Thank You for Talkin’ to Me Africa

    November 1971 - Billboard Charted #1

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