Sly & the Family Stone

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These 21 tracks have to be bootlegged. It's Sly & the Family Stone, alright, but from very early on -- 1963 to 1966 -- when the band was trying out all sorts of material including Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man," and Willie Dixon's "Seventh Son." This collection has been issued in all sorts of configurations and should be avoided by all but the most ardent of Sly Stone fans. The reason? The material just wasn't there yet. It's interesting in a strange sort of way, but it's also a train wreck of ambition versus ability.

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