Sylvester

Living Proof

February, 1979

Club/Dance

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."

- Alex Henderson

Sly & the Family Stone

There's a Riot Goin' On

November 20, 1971

Funk

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.

- Mark Deming