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Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On (1971)



Sly and the Family Stone Theres A Riot Goin On
Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On
(LP/CD) Epic, 1971-11

Que s'est-il passé pendant deux ans? Entre le Stand de 1969 et ce There's a riot going on en 1971, Sly Stone s'est perdu dans l'univers des drogues (dures) et est devenu complètement paranoïaque... En même temps, les années 60 sont finies, l'ambiance aux Etats-Unis s'est considérablement assombrie... Et au premier abord, ce disque ne brille pas de tous ses feux: il paraît mou, complexe, peu homogène, presque indigeste. Puis petit à petit on s'y attache, la ballade Family affair tout d'abord, un véritable classique d'anthologie, puis finalement tout l'album. En fait, on a l'impression d'assister à une longue jam-session où personne n'ose se lâcher totalement, et le résultat a en définitive un côté hypnotique, dangereux, chaotique et hanté. Ceux qui cherchent un bon funk black bien FONK penseront s'être trompés de disque. Pourtant le FONK est bien là, lourd, suintant, bluesy mais pas du tout sexy et fun comme sur les précédents albums ('My only weapon is my pain' dit-il sur le court brulôt funk Poets), il est plutôt grave défoncé, la guitare wah-wah se fait plaintive... à écouter à l'horizontale.
Note stoned wah-wah funk : 4/5 (originaly published in the mid-90s on djouls.com)

Sly and the Family Stone Theres A Riot Goin On
Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On
(LP/CD) Epic, 1971-11

Tracklisting :
A1. Luv n' Haight 4:01
A2. Just Like a Baby 5:12
A3. Poet 3:01
A4. Family Affair 3:06
A5. Africa Talks to You 'The Asphalt Jungle' 8:45
A6. There's a Riot Goin' On 0:00 B1. Brave & Strong 3:28
B2. (You Caught Me) Smilin' 2:53
B3. Time 3:03
B4. Spaced Cowboy 3:57
B5. Runnin' Away 2:51
B6. Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa 7:14

2007 CD limited edition reissue bonus tracks :
13. Runnin' Away (mono single version) 2:44
14. My Gorilla Is My Butler (instrumental) 3:11
15. Do You Know What? (instrumental) 7:16
16. That's Pretty Clean (instrumental) 4:12

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