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Sly & The Family Stone / Higher! 4CD box set with unreleased rarities

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Epic/Legacy (ie Sony) are to release Higher! a four-CD deluxe box set celebrating the music of Sly & The Family Stone.

This career-spanning package will feature 17 previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions, mono singles, demos, instrumental and live performances from concerts and TV appearances. A 104-page book comes as part of the set, and the discs and book will reside in a ten-inch square deluxe slip-case.

The book sounds excellent, featuring fully comprehensive liner notes, an illustrated timeline of Sly’s career, track-by-track annotations, rare photography, 45 rpm label and picture sleeve repros, vintage concert posters and ticket stubs from Sly & The Family Stone shows.

Higher! includes 77 tracks in total and is released on 26 August 2013. See track listing below for more details.

Purchasing notes: As well as the 4CD box set, US Amazon is offering an ‘exclusive’ (and expensive) 8LP+CD package, with the bonus CD said to contain “6 more extremely rare and previously unreleased tracks”. There is also a ‘best of the box’, 16-track, single CD ‘highlights’ edition which manages to squeeze into its running order a few of the unreleased gems. The UK box set is available for pre-order at the time of writing for a decent price of £39.

4CD Box Set

Japanese 4xBlu-Spec CD2 box set

8LP+CD Vinyl box set (bonus CD Amazon.com exclusive)

1CD ‘Highlights’ release

 

Higher! –  Sly & The Family Stone full track listing:

Disc One (1964-1967):

  • 1. I Just Learned How To Swim by Sly Stewart (Autumn Records single, 1964)
  • 2. Scat Swim by Sly Stewart (Autumn single, 1964)
  • 3. Buttermilk (Part 1) by Sly (Autumn single, 1965)
  • 4. Dance All Night by Sly and Freddie (1965, originally unissued)
  • 5. Temptation Walk by Sly (Autumn single, 1965)
  • 6. I Ain’t Got Nobody (For Real) (Loadstone single, 1967)
  • 7. I Can’t Turn You Loose (Loadstone single, 1967)
  • 8. Higher (mono Epic single master, promo only, 1967)
  • 9. Underdog (mono Epic single master, 1967)
  • 10. Bad Risk (mono Epic single master, 1967)
  • 11. Let Me Hear It From You (mono Epic single master, 1967)
  • 12. Advice (A)
  • 13. If This Room Could Talk (A)
  • 14. I Cannot Make It (A)
  • 15. Trip To Your Heart (A)
  • 16. I Hate To Love Her (A)
  • 17. Silent Communications (1967, previously unissued)
  • 18. I Get High On You (version one, 1967, previously unissued)
  • 19. I Remember (1967, previously unissued)
  • 20. My Woman’s Head (instrumental demo, 1967, previously unissued)

 

Disc Two (1967-1968):

  • 1. What’s That Got To Do With Me (1967, previously unissued)
  • 2. Fortune And Fame (1967, previously unissued)
  • 3. What Would I Do (1967, originally unissued, B)
  • 4. Only One Way Out Of This Mess (1967, originally unissued, B)
  • 5. I Know What You Came To Say (1967, previously unissued)
  • 6. Dance To The Music (mono Epic single master, 1967)
  • 7. Ride The Rhythm (C)
  • 8. Color Me True (C)
  • 9. Are You Ready (C)
  • 10. Don’t Burn Baby (C)
  • 11. We Love All (D)
  • 12. Danse A La Musique by The French Fries (mono Epic single, 1968)
  • 13. Small Fries by The French Fries (mono Epic single, 1968)
  • 14. Chicken (mono Epic single master, 1968)
  • 15. Into My Own Thing (E)
  • 16. Life (mono Epic single master, 1968)
  • 17. Love City (1968, previously unissued mono mix)
  • 18. M’Lady (mono Epic single master, 1968)
  • 19. Dynamite! featuring Johnny Robinson on vocals (1968, previously unissued)
  • 20. Undercat (instrumental, 1967, previously unissued)

Disc Three (1968-1970):

  • 1. Everyday People (mono Epic single master, 1968)
  • 2. Sing A Simple Song (mono Epic single master, 1968)
  • 3. I Get High On You (version two, 1968, previously unissued)
  • 4. Wonderful World Of Color (instrumental, 1968, previously unissued)
  • 5. Pressure (originally unissued, F)
  • 6. I Want To Take You Higher (mono Epic single master, 1969)
  • 7. Seven More Days (originally unissued, F)
  • 8. Feathers (instrumental, 1968, previously unissued)
  • 9. Somebody’s Watching You (G)
  • 10. Sex Machine (G)
  • 11. Hot Fun In The Summertime (mono Epic single master, 1969)
  • 12. Everybody Is A Star (mono Epic single master, 1969)
  • 13. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (mono Epic single master, 1969)
  • 14. Stand! (LIVE at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 30, 1970, H)
  • 15. You Can Make It If You Try (LIVE, same as track 14, H)
  • 16. Dance To The Music (LIVE, same as track 14, previously unissued)
  • 17. MEDLEY: Music Lover / I Want To Take You Higher / Music Lover (LIVE, same as track 14, previously unissued)

Disc Four (1971-1977):

  • 1. Luv N’ Haight (Epic single master, 1971)
  • 2. Family Affair (I)
  • 3. Brave & Strong (Epic single master, 1971)
  • 4. Runnin’ Away (Epic single master, 1971)
  • 5. (You Caught Me) Smilin’ (Epic single master, 1971)
  • 6. Spaced Cowboy (I)
  • 7. You’re The One featuring Little Sister (LIVE on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, September 1973, previously unissued)
  • 8. In Time (J)
  • 9. If You Want Me To Stay (Epic single master, 1973)
  • 10. Frisky (Epic single master, 1973)
  • 11. Skin I’m In (J)
  • 12. If It Were Left Up To Me (Epic single master, 1973)
  • 13. Time For Livin’ (Epic single master, 1974)
  • 14. Can’t Strain My Brain (Epic single master, 1974)
  • 15. Loose Booty (K)
  • 16. Le Lo Li (Epic single master, 1975)
  • 17. Crossword Puzzle (Epic single master, 1975)
  • 18. Family Again (Epic single, 1976)
  • 19. Hoboken by Sly Stone (originally unissued, 1975-1977)
  • 20. High by Sly Stone (1975, previously unissued)

Epic Records album index:

  • A – from A Whole New Thing (originally released November 1967, as Epic LN 24324, mono)
  • B – from A Whole New Thing (Expanded Edition) (originally released April 2007, as Epic/ Legacy 82796 90277 2)
  • C – from Dance To The Music (originally released April 1968, as Epic BN 26371)
  • D – from Dance To The Music (Expanded Edition) (originally released April 2007, as Epic/Legacy 82796 90274 2)
  • E – from Life (originally released November 1968, as Epic BN 26397)
  • F – from Life (Expanded Edition) (originally rel. April 2007, as Epic/Legacy 82876 83945 2)
  • G – from Stand! (originally released April 1969, as Epic BN 26456)
  • H – from The First Great Rock Festivals Of The Seventies (originally released August 1971, as Columbia C 30807)
  • I – from There’s A Riot Goin’ On (originally released October 1971, as Epic KE 30986)
  • J – from Fresh (originally released June 1973, as Epic KE 32134)
  • K – from Small Talk (originally released July 1974, as Epic PE 32930)

 

 

 

 

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10 responses to Sly & The Family Stone / Higher! 4CD box set with unreleased rarities

  1. Gavin says:

    Amazon UK told me today that they will also be stocking the bonus CD version.

  2. Avner Shemi says:

    On Amazon US, the bonus 6-track CD is included with the 8-LP package as well as the 4-CD set.

  3. Pete says:

    Is that definite, Gavin? They’ve told me twice that they don’t expect to have the 5CD version in stock on Amazon UK (they even informed so today!).

  4. LedMan says:

    I’m looking forward to the Amazon US edition. I have it on preorder along with the “There’s a Riot” (Gold Disc Edition). I recently received the recent
    “There’s a Riot” SACD.

  5. Gavin says:

    Pete…yes, I spoke to their customer service.

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  9. Victorri says:

    We’re anticipating this new album form Sly and the Family Stone…check out the AV Club premiere of “Undercat” http://smarturl.it/SlyAVClub

  10. Dan says:

    Now THIS is going to be one heck of a box set. Pure funk. http://smarturl.it/SlyNPR

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