Sly & the Family Stone harnessed all of the disparate musical and social trends of the late '60s, creating a wild, brilliant fusion of soul, rock, R&B, psychedelia, and funk that broke boundaries down without a second thought. Led by Sly Stone, the Family Stone was comprised of men and women, and Blacks and whites, making the band the first fully integrated group in rock's history. That integration shone through the music, as well as the group's message. Before Stone, very few soul and R&B groups delved into political and social commentary; after him, it became a tradition in soul, funk, and hip-hop. And, along with James Brown, Stone brought hard funk into the mainstream. The Family Stone's arrangements were ingenious, filled with unexpected group vocals, syncopated rhythms, punchy horns, and pop melodies. Their music was joyous, ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
A Whole New Thing 1967 A Whole New Thing Epic / Legacy
 
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Dance to the Music 1968 Dance to the Music Legacy
 
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Life 1968 Life Legacy
 
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Stand! 1969 Stand! Legacy
 
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There's a Riot Goin' On 1971 There's a Riot Goin' On Legacy
 
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Fresh 1973 Fresh Legacy
 
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Small Talk 1974 Small Talk Legacy
 
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Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back 1976 Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back Epic
 
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Back on the Right Track 1979 Back on the Right Track Warner Bros.
 
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Ain't But the One Way 1982 Ain't But the One Way Friday Music
 
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Different Strokes by Different Folks 2005 Different Strokes by Different Folks Legacy
 
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