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Sly & The Family Stone - Small Talk (1974)



Sly and The Family Stone Small Talk
Sly & The Family Stone - Small Talk
(CD/LP) Epic/CBS, 1974-07

Small Talk sera le dernier album avec The Family Stone, le groupe des débuts, qui se séparera peu après,en janvier 1975. Sly Stone a l'air aux anges sur la pochette, en compagnie de son bébé et de sa femme, un top model qu'il quittera 4 mois plus tard après s'être marié publiquement lors d'un concert au Madison Square Garden, le 5 juin 1974. Les chansons s'en ressentent, quasiment toutes plus sucrées les unes que les autres. En comparaison avec les albums précédents, celui-ci passe aisément pour de la bonne soupe bien fadasse, avec des arrangements de violons assez insupportables. Seul track à sauver de ce ratage: Loose Booty, une petite merveille de funk uptempo que l'on retrouvera allègrement samplé par les Beastie Boys pour le titre Shadrach (sur Paul's Boutique) et pour Time For Livin (sur Check Your Head). La version remasterisée de 2007 mérite néanmoins le détour, avec une 'early version' de Crossword Puzzle (que l'on trouvera l'année suivante sur High On You), une superbe version alternative de Loose Booty, et un instrumental inédit, Positive...

Sly and The Family Stone Small Talk
Sly & The Family Stone - Small Talk
(CD/LP) Epic/CBS, 1974-07

Tracklisting :
01. Small Talk (3:22)
02. Say You Will (3:18)
03. Mother Beautiful (2:01)
04. Time For Livin' (3:17)
05. Can't Strain My Brain (4:09)
06. Loose Booty (3:46)
07. Holdin' On (3:39)
08. Wishful Thinkin' (4:25)
09. Better Thee Than Me (3:34)
10. Living' While I'm Livin' (2:57)
11. This Is Love (2:58)

2007 CD limited edition reissue bonus tracks :
12. Crossword Puzzle (Early Version) (3:48)
13. Time For Livin' (Alternate Version) (4:01)
14. Loose Booty (Alternate Version) (2:06)
15. Positive (Instrumental) (2:14)

Links :
Sly Stone : official | facebook | myspace | twitter | wikipedia
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