Sly & The Family Stone – Greatest Hits (1970) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:55 minutes | Full Scans included | 2,97 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 37:11 min | Scans included | 847 MB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic surround sound | Mastered by Kevin Gray | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 215
Released in 1970 during the stopgap between Stand! and There’s a Riot Goin’ On, Greatest Hits inadvertently arrived at precisely the right moment, summarizing Sly & the Family Stone’s joyous hit-making run on the pop and R&B charts.
Technically, only four songs here reached the Top Ten, with only two others hitting the Top 40, but judging this solely on charts is misleading, since this is simply a peerless singles collection. This summarizes their first four albums perfectly (almost all of Stand! outside of the two jams and “Somebody’s Watching You” is here), adding the non-LP singles “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” and “Everybody Is a Star,” possibly the loveliest thing they ever recorded. But, this isn’t merely a summary (and, if it was just that, Anthology, the early-’80s comp that covers Riot and Fresh would be stronger than this), it’s one of the greatest party records of all time. Music is rarely as vivacious, vigorous, and vibrant as this, and captured on one album, the spirit, sound, and songs of Sly & the Family Stone are all the more stunning. Greatest hits don’t come better than this – in fact, music rarely does.
01. I Want To Take You Higher
02. Everybody Is A Star
06. You Can Make It If You Try
07. Dance To The Music
08. Everyday People
09. Hot Fun In The Summertime
11. Sing A Simple Song
12. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Quadraphonic Sound Supervision: Al Lawrenc.
Quadraphonic Re-Mix Engineer: Larry Keye.
4.0 Analog to Hi Def DSD Digital Transfer: Gus Skinas.
Mastered for this SACD by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering.