A Whole New Thing (Sly and the Family Stone album)

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A Whole New Thing
Studio album by Sly and the Family Stone
Released October 1967
1970 (re-release)
Recorded June 1967
Genre Soul, funk
Length 38:01
Label Epic
Producer Sly Stone
Sly and the Family Stone chronology
A Whole New Thing
Dance to the Music
Cover for 1970 reissue
1970 reissue cover for A Whole New Thing. Note the use of photographs similar to those on the cover of the Sly & the Family Stone Greatest Hits album, and the inclusion of Rose Stone as a member of the Family Stone. Rose Stone was not a member of the band at the time of this LP.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[2]
BBC Music favorable[3]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone unfavorable[5]
Robert Christgau 2.5/5 stars[6]
Stylus B−[7]
Uncut 5/5 stars[8]

A Whole New Thing is the debut album by funk/soul band Sly and the Family Stone, released in 1967 on Epic/CBS Records. The album was released to mixed criticism and failed to make an impact from a commercial standpoint and did not chart. CBS Records executive Clive Davis prevailed upon band leader Sly Stone to create a more commercial album; the result was the album Dance to the Music. Unlike later Sly and the Family Stone albums, A Whole New Thing was recorded live in the studio instead of being overdubbed and featured less of a pop feel than later releases such as Dance to the Music and Stand!. The lead vocals are shared between Sly Stone, Freddie Stone, and Larry Graham; Rose Stone would not join the band until they began work on Dance to the Music.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sylvester Stewart, and produced and arranged by Sly Stone for Stone Flower Productions.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Underdog" – 3:59
  2. "If This Room Could Talk" – 3:00
  3. "Run, Run, Run" – 3:14
  4. "Turn Me Loose" – 1:52
  5. "Let Me Hear It from You" – 3:35
  6. "Advice" – 2:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Cannot Make It" – 3:20
  2. "Trip to Your Heart" – 3:43
  3. "I Hate to Love Her" – 3:30
  4. "Bad Risk" – 3:04
  5. "That Kind of Person" – 4:25
  6. "Dog" – 3:10

CD bonus tracks[edit]

  • 1995 CD reissue:
    • "What Would I Do"
  • 2007 CD limited edition reissue:
    • "Underdog" (mono B-side version) [3:04]
    • "Let Me Hear It From You" (mono B-side version) [3:28]
    • "Only One Way Out of This Mess" [3:51]
    • "What Would I Do" [4:05]
    • "You Better Help Yourself" (instrumental version) [4:19]