Ain't but the One Way

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Ain't But the One Way
Studio album by Sly and the Family Stone
Released 1982 (1982)
Recorded 1974-81
Genre Funk
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Stewart Levine, Sly Stone
Sly and the Family Stone chronology
Back on the Right Track
(1979)Back on the Right Track1979
Ain't But the One Way
I'm Back! Family & Friends
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Ain't But the One Way is the tenth and final album by Sly and the Family Stone, released by Warner Bros. Records in 1982. The album began its existence as a collaborative project between Sly Stone and George Clinton, a sequel to Stone's appearance on the 1981 Funkadelic album The Electric Spanking of War Babies. While working on Ain't But the One Way, Clinton and Funkadelic quarreled with and eventually left Warner Bros. Records, and Sly Stone went into self-seclusion and could not be found. Producer Stewart Levine was assigned to take control of the project, and do what he could to complete an album. Upon its 1982 release, Ain't But The One Way underperformed and marked the end of Sly Stone's career with Warner Bros. Records.

Both of Sly Stone's Warner Bros. albums, Ain't But The One Way and Back on the Right Track, along with five unissued recordings, were combined by Rhino Records into a compilation called Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are: The Warner Bros. Recordings in 2001.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]

Reviewing the album in Rolling Stone, Steve Futterman judged it "Neither triumphant resurgence nor embarrassing failure". He elaborated that the album successfully recreates the funky grooves of "the classic Family Stone sound" but lacks the sociopolitical immediacy that the band had in their heyday. He concluded, "When a once politically astute pop statesman writes an ode to New Jersey called 'Hobo Ken,' you know something is wrong. But if you crave the beat, you'll find it here ..."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sylvester Stewart except where noted.

Side A
  1. "L.O.V.I.N.U."
  2. "One Way"
  3. "Ha Ha, Hee Hee" (Pat Rizzo)
  4. "Hobo Ken"
Side B
  1. "Who in the Funk Do You Think You Are"
  2. "You Really Got Me" (Ray Davies)
  3. "Sylvester"
  4. "We Can Do It"
  5. "High, Y'all"


  1. ^ Ain't but the One Way at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Futterman, Steve (June 9, 1983). "Ain't but the One Way". Rolling Stone (397): 58.