Album #160 – Stand!
I really enjoyed this album. It was a stark contrast from Album #159. It had high energy throughout and it also had an underlying message. That message was that the group were against racism and were all about living peacefully together. The group were one of the first racially integrated bands in pop music. The drummer and one of the sax players were white and the other members were black. I really appreciated Sly Stone’s ability to put that message of anti-racism into his music. He was not the first to do so but his music certainly had an impact. There is definitely a happiness and bliss that this album projects. Four of the groups biggest hits are on this album. Everyday People and I Wanna Take You Higher are my favorites. I also appreciated the underlying message Somebody’s Watching You and You Can Make It If You Try. This album, to me, is what psychedelic soul sounds like. Funk is also present here but, to me, funk is just another word for psychedelic soul. It would grow and become its own monster and genre in the 1970’s. Here funk is in its early stages and boy, does it sound good. The only thing I did not like about this album was the instrumental Sex Machine. While it kept the same vibe, it was way too long. Fun fact: The Family Stone’s Bassist and singer Larry Graham is actually an uncle of Canadian rapper and star of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Aubrey Graham a.k.a. Drake. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5
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