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VOL № E127 — July 2023

There's a Riot Goin' On

Sly and the Family Stone
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With the ’60s coming to an end, the revolutionary spirit of the times was so ubiquitous that it simply demanded more from its artists. We started to see this shift in rock ’n’ roll (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones) and in jazz (Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock); it was time that pop and soul music followed suit. Marvin Gaye would release the seminal What’s Going On in May 1971, and while What’s Going On was pivotal in allowing Black artists to deliver popular music with a message that spoke to the times, There’s a Riot Goin’ On followed Gaye’s lead, but pushed the boundaries further. Sly Stone challenged what was possible for a Black artist in popular music, both lyrically and sonically.

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Original Release Year
Release Type
1 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut From Tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
Listening Notes Booklet by Shannon J. Effinger (Shannon Ali), Art Print by Jean Pierre Conseugra
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