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Reviews: Sly & The Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On

Reviews: 3

Review by rammiepie September 8, 2013 (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Towards the end of the sixties, I had the pleasure, before graduation, of seeing two iconic bands sharing the same bill: Blood, Sweat and Tears (featuring David Clayton~Thomas) and Sly and the Family Stone.

The Spinning Wheels were turning that night.....a quite memorable evening!

ORG's stereo SACD remaster of what Rolling Stone Magazine has designated #99 of the 500 Greatest (Rock) albums of all times is somewhat memorable in and of itself. There's A Riot Goin' On containing the hits Family Affair, (You Caught Me) Smilin', Runnin' Away, Spaced Cowboy and Thank You For Talkin' to me, Africa (the original title of the album)...........rock again, big time, thanks to a miraculous remastering job.

Having taken an inordinate amount of time to record, and in a somewhat self~induced drug state, Sylvester Stewart's love affair with overdubs created somewhat of a murky mix (never quite liked the sound of the original vinyl).

Crank up Riot (not quite to 11) and your ears will be treated to a blast from the early 70's ............. a hangover period from the somewhat chaotic 60's.

Riot is hardly audiophile material but Org Music has managed to make Sly's overdub souffle into what I consider a must buy for rockers of all ages.

It's 2013 folks........and there are still Riots Goin' On!

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Review by progboy April 14, 2014 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Sly and the Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On (SACD)

There's A Riot Goin' On was the fifth album released by Sylvester Stewart and Funk master Sly Stone and marks a big departure form their earlier albums. In sharp contrast this album marks a much darker and more forboding soundtrack of America's culture circa 1971!

This fantastic album is my personal fav of the lot of Sly Stone releases and clearly they had something to say. There are some major deep grooves here and some truely funky moments that will keep your toes tapping and your fingers slappin!

My fav Sly Stone tune is the funk-a-fried classic "Africa Talks To You" which grooves in at almost nine minutes and features some crazy bass tones and beats (not to mention the best SACD treatment on the disc).

I am sure there are much deeper reviews of this masterpiece album, but if you are into funk then this album is in your wheelhouse!

I was surprised to find this album on SACD from Epic Records from 2013 (last year!)......i had to check a few times myself....

There are no real liner notes to show who remastered this to SACD nor literature beyond original scroll. This is definitely not an audiophile recording and I was surprised to find it on SACD format. Having said that this is not a sonic flop although not a signature disc either. I think the SACD brings out in fact many of the imperfections and mis-adventures on the original master recordings. To my ears this SACD sounds muddy and often filtered and less than dynamic. There are moments where something really stand outs as clearly defined....like a guitar lick or percussion bit. However the whole album seems pretty flat to my ears and a bit too homogenous. There is also a lot of hiss on this SACD version and distortion which much have been on the original recording.

Overall i was dissapointed in this version and am glad I only shelled out $9.99 for this recording.....a great album and a lack lustre remix to SACD.

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Review by Marpow November 3, 2014 (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Sly & The Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On - Hybrid Stereo SACD

I saw Sly and the Family Stone my first time at SF's Winterland Ballroom and I don't really remember much but it was a full stage of music. Number 99 of Rolling Stones 500 best albums of all time.

Personally, I like the disc Stand better. The sonic quality is not that great on this Hybrid SACD and sounds a little gritty for me. I felt it sounded better at lower volumes when I could just follow the groove and focus on the lyrics.

Packaging is plastic jewel box with rounded corners. Original 1971 mini paper liner notes and lyrics. No notes on the 2013 reissue from ORG Music. I paid $29.98, a little too much. At least I get to listen to it in my car.

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