Recorded at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, this varied and unpredictable performance is a portrait of a multi-dimensional artist. With sweaty versions of such dancefloor favorites as "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," "Dance (Disco Heat)," and "Body Strong," he also shows how expressive a balladeer he could be on "Sharing Something Perfect Between Ourselves" and interpretations of Billie Holiday's "Lover Man" and Patti LaBelle's "You Are My Friend."
In late 1971, Sly Stone had sunk deep into drug abuse and his highly-charged idealism had come crashing down. The unlikely result was an album that was both a masterpiece and a denial of everything he had previously created. There's A Riot Goin' On trades the bright, broad sound of his previous hits for a claustrophobic, strangled tone where the empty spaces cry just as loudly as the music. Features "Family Affair," one of the most emotionally conflicted hit singles of its era.