Small Talk (Sly and the Family Stone album)

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Small Talk
Studio album by Sly and the Family Stone
Released July 1974 (1974-07)
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk/Soul
Length 40:30
Label Epic (PE 32930)
Producer Sly Stone
Sly and the Family Stone chronology
Small Talk
High on You
(Sly Stone)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Austin Chronicle 2/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (C)[3]
Džuboks (mixed) [4]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[5]
Let It Rock (favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Uncut 2/5 stars[8]

Small Talk is the seventh album by Sly and the Family Stone, released by Epic/CBS Records in 1974. This album was the final LP to feature the original Family Stone, which broke up in January 1975.

Small Talk's singles were "Time For Livin'" (the band's final Top 40 hit) and "Loose Booty", an up-tempo funk track which uses the names of Bible characters Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as a chant. Pictured on the album cover with Sly in a photograph by Norman Seeff are his then-wife Kathleen Silva and his son Sylvester, Jr.

Stone and Silva would divorce within months of this album's release, after being wed at a June 5, 1974 Sly & the Family Stone concert at Madison Square Garden. In addition to its standard stereo release, Small Talk was also released in quadraphonic sound.


"Loose Booty" was sampled extensively by the Beastie Boys for the song "Shadrach" on their album Paul's Boutique and the Beastie Boys also loosely reworked the track Time for Livin in a punk rock format on their album Check Your Head.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sylvester Stewart, save for "Small Talk", written by Sylvester Stewart and W. Silva. All songs produced and arranged by Sly Stone for Fresh Productions.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Small Talk" – 3:22
  2. "Say You Will" – 3:19
  3. "Mother Beautiful" – 2:01
  4. "Time For Livin'" – 3:17
  5. "Can't Strain My Brain" – 4:09

Side two[edit]

  1. "Loose Booty" – 3:47
  2. "Holdin' On" – 3:39
  3. "Wishful Thinkin'" – 4:26
  4. "Better Thee Than Me" – 3:35
  5. "Livin' While I'm Livin'" – 2:58
  6. "This is Love" – 2:54

CD bonus tracks[edit]

Added for 2007 limited edition compact disc reissue:

  • "Crossword Puzzle" (early version)
  • "Time For Livin'" (alternate take)
  • "Loose Booty" (alternate take)
  • "Positive" (previously unreleased instrumental)



  1. ^ Small Talk (Sly and the Family Stone album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Austin Chronicle
  3. ^ Robert Christgau
  4. ^ Vrdoljak, Dražen. "Sly and the Family Stone". Džuboks (in Serbian) (Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine) (10 (second series)): 23. 
  5. ^ The Guardian
  6. ^ Let It Rock
  7. ^ Rolling Stone
  8. ^ Uncut