Higher! [Box Set] - Sly & the Family Stone
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    Fans will alp up the spot-on menu, while newcomers can discover one of the most criminally overlooked musical titans of the last century. [Nov 2013, p.98]
  2. Sep 19, 2013
    100
    This box brims with supportive evidence [that they were "the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world."] [Oct 2013, p.103]
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    100
    It's that depth of detail, combined with the masterful sequencing, that makes Higher! such a superb box set: it tells a familiar story in a fresh fashion.
  4. Aug 29, 2013
    90
    The richest overview yet of maybe the most visionary funk operation in pop history.
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    90
    As a box set, Higher really does reinforce how creatively rich a band Sly & the Family Stone were, while making it seem almost unbelievable that their peak only lasted seven years and seven albums.
  6. Aug 29, 2013
    85
    A high-energy quartet of live tracks from the band's 1970 performance at the Isle of Wright Festival is indispensable, all in all making Higher! the ultimate Sly & The Family Stone document. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.103]
  7. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    This definitive 77-track anthology favours the early years, illustrating how quickly Stone and his multiracial crew evolved from a decent R&B outfit into a trailblazing psychedelic-soul gang show, [Oct 2013, p.117]
  8. Oct 14, 2013
    80
    If you want a more detailed account of each album, you’ll have to check our Reissue Of The Month review in RC 335. Limited, expanded editions of Sly & The Family Stone’s first seven long-players, from 1967’s A Whole New Thing to 1974’s Small Talk, were reissued in 2007 and are now out of print. This box set sort of plugs that gap.
  9. Sep 5, 2013
    80
    Higher!'s real value is in its depth: Stone needs four CDs to display his breadth, and this comp is full of funky fun. [No. 101, p.59]
  10. 80
    Finally, maverick genius Sly Stone receives due respect in this four-disc retrospective, as the leader of rock's first multi-racial, multi-gender, multi-genre band.
  11. 80
    This is a mammoth and comprehensive overview of one of the major musicians of our time and as such, is essential listening for all enthusiasts of funk, soul and rock.
  12. Sep 19, 2013
    78
    Higher! details every ounce of Stone's genius, while cropping just enough to avoid the lengthy, late-Seventies tailspin continuing on today.
  13. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    The quality of the set rises and falls with the quality of the band, from the formative fusion of soul, rock, and pop on their first three albums to the sudden, exhilarating sound of it all snapping into focus with 1969's Stand! and the gradual turn into 1971's claustrophobic, paranoid There's a Riot Goin' On and the nimble funk of 1973's underrated Fresh. From there, however, it all fell off just as quickly as it had risen, as Sly's genius dissipated in a downward spiral of drugs and delusion.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 29, 2013
    10
    A peerless compilation that offers both newcomers and diehards gems to cherish and tells a fully-fleshed story of this unique and incredibleA peerless compilation that offers both newcomers and diehards gems to cherish and tells a fully-fleshed story of this unique and incredible band. Essential. Full Review »