Sly and the Family Stone discography

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A discography for the American band Sly and the Family Stone.

Epic Records releases[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
UK
[4]
1967 A Whole New Thing
1968 Dance to the Music 142 11
Life 1 195
1969 Stand! 13 3 9 11
  • US: Platinum [5]
1970 Greatest Hits 2 1 10
  • US: 5× Platinum [5]
1971 There's a Riot Goin' On 1 1 4 31
  • US: Platinum [5]
1973 Fresh 7 1 17
1974 Small Talk 15 13
1975 High on You ² 45 11 98
1976 Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back 33
Notes:
  1. Issued as M'Lady in the UK
  1. Issued as by "Sly Stone".

Singles[edit]

All B-sides are also listed. Chart positions generally apply to the A-side only; if a B-side charted as well, its position is listed below the position of the A-side.

Year A-side / B-side Album Chart positions
US Hot 100 US Cashbox[6] US R&B UK Singles Chart
[4]
1967 "Underdog"/
"Bad Risk"
(The first promo pressings of the "Underdog" 45 have the track "Higher" as B-side)
A Whole New Thing
Dance to the Music

"Dance to the Music"/
"Let Me Hear It from You"
Dance to the Music
A Whole New Thing
8 8
9 7
1968 "Dance a La Musique" 1/
"Small Fries"
none
"Life"
"M'Lady"
Life 93
93
65
90

37
32
"Everyday People"/
"Sing a Simple Song"
Stand! 1
89
1
1
28
36
1969 "Stand!"/
"I Want to Take You Higher"
22
60
23
67
14
24
"Hot Fun in the Summertime"/
"Fun"
Greatest Hits
Life
2
6
3
"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"²/
"Everybody Is a Star"*²
Greatest Hits 1
F
1
40
1
1970 "I Want to Take You Higher"³/
"Stand!"
Stand! 38 40
1971 "Family Affair"/
"Luv 'N' Haight"
There's a Riot Goin' On 1 1
1 15
1972 "Runnin' Away"/
"Brave & Strong"
23 11
15 17
"(You Caught Me) Smilin'"/
"Luv 'N' Haight"
42 25
21
1973 "If You Want Me to Stay"/
"Thankful N' Thoughtful"4
Fresh 12 15
3
"Frisky"/
"If It Were Left Up to Me"
79
65
28
57
1974 "Time for Livin'"/
"Small Talk"
Small Talk 32 39
10
"Loose Booty"/
"Can't Strain My Brain"
84 90
22
1975 "I Get High on You"5/
"That's Lovin' You"5
High on You 52 58
3
"Le Lo Li"5/
"Who Do You Love"5

75
1976 "Crossword Puzzle"5/
"Greed"5

"Blessing in Disguise" (SS promo only) 5 Heard You Missed Me, Well I'm Back
"Family Again"/
"Nothing Less Than Happiness"

85
Notes:
  1. Issued as by "The French Fries"; the song is an alternate version in French of "Dance to the Music"
  1. "Everybody Is a Star" charted as F for "flipside", but the release was marketed as a double A-side single.
  1. Re-release of 1969 single, with sides reversed.
  1. Some copies issued with "Babies Makin' Babies" as the B-side.
  1. Issued as by "Sly Stone".

Loadstone release[edit]

Year A-side / B-side Album US Hot 100 US R&B UK Chart
1972 (recorded in January 1967) "I Ain't Got Nobody"/
"I Can't Turn You Loose"
none

Warner Bros. Records releases[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album US Top 200 US R&B UK Chart
1979 Back on the Right Track 152 31
1982 Ain't But the One Way

Singles[edit]

Year A-side / B-side Album US Hot 100 US R&B UK Chart
1979 "Remember Who You Are"/
"Sheer Energy"
Back on the Right Track 104 38
1980 "Who's to Say"/
"Same Thing"
1983 "High Y'all"/
"Ha Ha He He"
Ain't But the One Way

Legacy Recordings releases[edit]

Year Album Notes
2009 The Woodstock Experience Live

Compilations and other releases[edit]

  • 1979: Ten Years Too Soon (Epic, disco remix album)
  • 1981: Sly & the Family Stone Anthology (Epic)
  • 1994: Precious Stone: Sly Stone in the Studio 1963–1965 (Ace)
  • 1994: Rock and Roll (KRB Music/compilation of rare pre-Epic recordings, including "I Ain't Got Nobody")
  • 2001: Who in the Funk Do You Think You Are: The Warner Bros. Recordings (Rhino Handmade collection compiles Back on the Right Track and Ain't But the One Way with five previously unissued recordings)
  • 2001: Rare Grooves Classic World Productions (Nine Sylvester Stewart compositions, one with H. Banks; no other credits or particulars provided. These tracks were originally released on the album "Back on the Right Track" by Warner Bros. Records in 1979, with the additional bonus track "Somebody To You")
  • 2002: The Essential Sly & the Family Stone (Epic/Legacy, 2-CD)
  • 2005: Different Strokes by Different Folks (Starbucks Music/remix and cover album by various artists, extended version issued in 2006 by Epic/Legacy)
  • 2007: The Collection (Epic/Legacy, 7-CD box set compiles A Whole New Thing, Dance to the Music, Life, Stand!, There's a Riot Goin' On, Fresh, and Small Talk; omits single-only releases)
  • 2010: Listen to the Voices: Sly Stone in the Studio 1965–1970 (Ace)
  • 2011: The Best of Soul Train Live (Time Life album by various artists, includes a medley of "Dance to the Music" and "I Want to Take You Higher" from the band's June 29, 1974 appearance on Soul Train)[7][8]
  • 2013: Higher! (Epic/Legacy, 4-CD box set including rare single mixes, demo and live versions, and 17 previously-unreleased tracks. An exclusive Amazon.com version added a fifth CD with six additional tracks; an 8-LP vinyl edition was also issued)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Charts > Sly and the Family Stone". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  2. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "CAN Charts > Sly and the Family Stone". RPM. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b "UK Charts > Sly and the Family Stone". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "US Certifications > Sly and the Family Stone". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  6. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 546. 
  7. ^ '"The Best of Soul Train Live at AllMusic
  8. ^ The Best of Soul Train Live (booklet). Time Life. 2011.