Saturday, April 27, 2013

dance to the music

Sly and the Family Stone broke barriers and broke into the mainstream with their unique melting pot of funk, rock, pop, and psychedelic soul on this influential irresistible incitement.  When their debut 'A Whole New Thing' failed to chart, CBS Records executive Clive Davis convinced Sly (Sylvester Stewart) to find a more commercial sound.  'Dance to the Music' features Sly Stone on vocals, organ, guitar, piano, harmonica, production, and more; Freddie Stone on vocals and guitar; Larry Graham on vocals and bass guitar; Rose Stone on vocals, piano, and keyboards; Cynthia Robinson on trumpet and vocal ad-libs; Jerry Martini on saxophone; Greg Errico on drums; and backing vocals by Little Sister:  Vet Stone, Mary McCreary, and Elva Mouton.   

'Dance to the Music' boogied up to number one hundred and forty-two on the US album chart and number eleven on the R&B album chart.  It made Sly and the Family Stone the first major group to have an integrated multi-gender lineup.  Their psychedelic soul sound revolutionized the industry and was soon copied by numerous other acts. 

"Dance To The Music" 
strutted up to number nine on the US R&B chart, eight on the US pop chart, and number seven in the UK.

[Cynthia:] Get up and dance to the music!
Get on up and dance to the funky music!
[All:] Dance to the Music, Dance to the Music
[Freddie:] Hey Greg!
[Greg:] What?
[Freddie:] All we need is a drummer,
for people who only need a beat
I'm gonna add a little guitar
and make it easy to move your feet
[Larry:] I'm gonna add some bottom,
so that the dancers just won't hide
[Sly:] You might like to hear my organ
playing "Ride Sally Ride"
You might like to hear the horns blowin',
Cynthia on the throne, yeah!
Cynthia & Jerry got a message they're sayin':
[Cynthia:] All the squares, go home!
[All:] Dance to the Music, Dance to the Music


"I'll Never Fall in Love Again"

'Dance to the Music'
full album:

All songs written by Sylvester Stewart, and produced and arranged by Sly Stone for Stone Flower Productions.

Side one
1."Dance to the Music" – 3:00
2."Higher" – 2:49
3."I Ain't Got Nobody (For Real)" – 4:26
4.Dance to the Medley – 12:12

1."Music Is Alive"
2."Dance In"
3."Music Lover"

Side two
1."Ride the Rhythm" – 2:48
2."Color Me True" – 3:10
3."Are You Ready" – 2:50
4."Don't Burn Baby" – 3:14
5."I'll Never Fall in Love Again" – 3:25

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