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Sly & The Family Stone - Stand!
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1969 Ratings: #18 / 136
User Score
Based on 304 ratings
1969 Ratings: #16
Liked by 47 people
May 3, 1969 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epic / Label
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Stand! winds up infectious and informative, invigorating and thought-provoking -- stimulating in every sense of the word. Few records of its time touched it, and Sly topped it only by offering its opposite the next time out.

The Guardian
The protracted blues jam Sex Machine is one of those things that presumably made perfect sense in the late 1960s, like men in kaftans, screwing for peace and the career of Fanny Cradock. Today it just sounds interminable.

@maztergame, thank you for bringing this album up to me! I've heard of Sly & The Family Stone and listened to some of their stuff, but never took the time to pick an album out to listen to. So this helped a lot for me to pick!

This album is so ahead of its time. It delivers infectiously funky grooves throughout the instrumentation while providing thought-provoking lyrics and themes throughout the album. While still holding a political message, the album is also positive and just something ... read more


BANGERS ! Funk is strong in this one. Funk has started to become one of my most favorite genres. Legendary album.


With the ‘Summer of Love’ being in full bloom and having a fantastic showing at the now legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, Sly & the Family Stone were on top in 1969 and that command is represented in the perfect storm that was their fifth album Stand!. Here, the band has never sounded better, with them musically jelling like a machine and having every member’s voice playing a bigger role helps to present the unity the album strives and excels at achieving. The title ... read more


This is the optimism that There's A Riot Goin On would absolutely rip to shreds. I can appreciate the simpler song structures and get lost in the funky joy of the record, but there are certain tracks that leave a lot to be desired. Ultimately, even though this album is *more*, I find the more introspective darkness that the group would go on to explore much more interesting. This is still totally a great record though.


Not afraid to say what they want to say and play what they want to play. Such a bold funk and soul album who knows what they're doing.


The vocal arrangements have a WIDE variety, Sly kills every track. The production is crispy as hell and can stand side by side with the best of modern times. An incredible record with a lot of flair behind it.

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Added on: May 13, 2013