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Dance to the Music

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Sly & the Family Stone came into their own with their second album, Dance to the Music. This is exuberant music, bursting with joy and invention. If there's a shortage of classic material, with only the title track being a genuine classic, that winds up being nearly incidental, since it's so easy to get sucked into the freewheeling spirit and cavalier virtuosity of the group. Consider this -- prior to this record no one, not even the Family Stone, treated soul as a psychedelic sun splash, filled with bright melodies, kaleidoscopic arrangements, inextricably intertwined interplay, and deft, fast rhythms. Yes, they wound up turning "Higher" into the better "I Want to Take You Higher" and they recycle the title track in the long jam "Dance to the Medley," but there's such imagination to this jam that the similarities fade as they play. And, if these are just vamps, well, so are James Brown's records, and those didn't have the vitality or friendliness of this. Not a perfect record, but a fine one all the same. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Dance to the Music Sly & The Family Stone 5:59
  3. 2 Higher Sly & The Family Stone 2:46
  4. 3 I Ain't Got Nobody (For Real) Sly & The Family Stone 4:23
  5. 4 Dance to the Medley: Music Is Alive/Dance in/Music Lover Sly & The Family Stone 12:8
  6. 5 Ride the Rhythm Sly & The Family Stone 2:46
  7. 6 Color Me True Sly & The Family Stone 3:7
  8. 7 Are You Ready? Sly & The Family Stone 2:47
  9. 8 Don't Burn Baby Sly & The Family Stone 3:12
  10. 9 I'll Never Fall in Love Again Sly & The Family Stone 3:23
  11. 10 Soul Clappin' [Previously Unreleased] Sly & The Family Stone 2:37

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