Sly & the Family Stone

Funkmeister

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The title here is somewhat misleading. These are actually tracks recorded between 1963 and 1965 by Sylvester Stewart (later Sly Stone) during his dues-paying period as a producer for the West Coast indie label Autumn Records, where he oversaw hits by artists including Bobby Freeman and the Beau Brummels (along with flops by the Great Society, featuring a young Grace Slick).

FUNKMEISTER collects a nice cross section of his (mostly unreleased) productions and makes for an interesting snapshot of an early '60s pop moment, running the gamut as it does from doo-wop, R&B, and pop-rock, to the novelty pop of "Uncle Sam Needs You My Friend." At the end, there's a precursor of Stone's later '60s innovations in the horn-driven "Life of Fortune and Fame."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:13 Spotify
2 2:52 Spotify
3 2:16 Spotify
4 2:16 Spotify
5 2:44 Spotify
6 2:46 Spotify
7 2:47 Spotify
8 3:02 Spotify
9 2:40 Spotify
10 2:50 Spotify
11 2:28 Spotify
12 2:18 Spotify
13 2:13 Spotify
14 2:10 Spotify
15 2:06 Spotify
16 2:14 Spotify
17 3:10 Spotify
18 2:02 Spotify
19 3:16 Spotify
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