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

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Soul + Blues / Songwriter + Funk + Black Grooves
parliament, little sister, joe hicks, funkadelic
Sly Stone - I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70
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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 catalog 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 stablemate; 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.
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A1. You're The One (Parts 1 & 2)Sly Stone, ...05:11play
A2. Just Like A BabySly Stone, ...04:04play
A3. Home Sweet Home (Part 2)Sly Stone, ...02:59play
A4. I'm Just Like YouSly Stone, ...03:08play
A5. Somebody's Watching You (Full...Sly Stone, ...03:51play
B1. Life & Death In G & A (Parts ...Sly Stone, ...05:56play
B2. Trying To Make You Feel GoodSly Stone, ...05:53play
B3. StangaSly Stone, ...03:41play
B4. DynamiteSly Stone, ...03:09play
B5. You're The One (Early Version)Sly Stone, ...02:54play
C1. I'm Goin' Home (Part 1)Sly Stone, ...02:56play
C2. AfricaSly Stone, ...07:34play
C3. Somebody's Watching YouSly Stone, ...02:56play
C4. You Can, We CanSly Stone, ...05:33play
D1. I'm Just Like You (Full Band ...Sly Stone, ...06:13play
D2. SpiritSly Stone, ...02:58play
D3. Dynamite (Alternate Version)Sly Stone, ...03:42play
D4. ScaredSly Stone, ...05:28play
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