I'm Back! Family & Friends - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart
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  • Summary: The comeback album for the funk legend features guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Bootsy Collins, Ray Manzarek, and Ann Wilson.
  • Record Label: Cleopatra
  • Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Psychedelic/Garage, AM Pop, Psychedelic Soul
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Aug 16, 2011
    60
    The results are spunky, if unnecessary: Why bother with Sly and Jeff Beck's remake of "(I Want to Take You) Higher" when you can listen to the torrid original?
  2. 50
    There's promise in three new funk workouts toward the end; they suggest it's time for a whole new thing.
  3. Aug 16, 2011
    37
    Three new tracks (including a dreamy take on the gospel standard "His Eye Is on the Sparrow") provide a glimmer of what Stone might accomplish if he ever rouses himself more fully.
  4. Aug 25, 2011
    25
    Contrary to its emphatic title, I'm Back! Family And Friends isn't so much a full-fledged comeback album as a mildly inspiring three-song EP surrounded by truly horrible re-recordings and remixes of Stone's biggest hits of the late '60s and early '70s.
  5. Aug 15, 2011
    20
    As songs, these are not outright disasters -- they're not bad evocations of post-Riot funk -- but they're saddled with the same awful production that hobbles the re-creations, the same sticky, tacky, desperate replication of the past that only underscores just how long ago Sly's golden years were.
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