Higher! [Box Set] - Sly & the Family Stone
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  • Summary: The four-disc box set for the funk, rock and soul band led by Sly Stone includes unreleased tracks, mono mixes, instrumentals, live recordings, and studio outtakes.
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  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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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 incredible band. Essential. Expand