The idea for this week's series of posts, was to highlight not just a deep cut that most don't give a shit about, but songs, that for me, are personal faves. These are songs I go to on a regular basis. If I am listening to the Rolling Stones or Yes or The Kinks or Prince, you can be damn sure, I am spinning "Luxury," ""Beyond & Before," "Scattered" and "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad."
As for Sly & The Family Stone, well who doesn't love the hits? It'd be tough to find a record collection without Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits somewhere among the S's. But Sly's catalogue, though not very deep, is a lot more impressive than it gets credit for. The album "Stand" contains eight songs and five of them are on the "Greatest Hits" record. Yet, their 1967 debut was almost tossed back at them. The label wasn't impressed. All Music says it wasn't "as funky or psychedelic" as subsequent efforts. I say, "SHUT UP!"
But I am not here to sing the praises of the band's debut, "A Whole New Thing," although all of you should own it! I am here to talk about "If This Room Could Talk," the second track from the debut, with the absolutely funky Greg Errico drum pattern, the now-patented horn lines of the Family, and the brilliant turn from funk to a beautiful, almost Motown-inspired bridge and back again, only to close out with Sly's vocal tricks made legendary on "Dance To The Music." I could listen to this one on repeat. (I just did, four times.) This track is as good as, if not better than, some of the classics that make up their "Greatest."