Sly & The Family Stone ‎– Life

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Third album from the group. In the UK it was released with the title 'M'Lady'.

Tracklist

Dynamite! 2:43
Chicken 2:13
Plastic Jim 3:29
Fun 2:21
Into My Own Thing 2:13
Harmony 2:50
Life 3:00
Love City 2:42
I'm An Animal 3:20
M'Lady 2:44
Jane Is A Groupee 2:49

Versions (54)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album) Epic BN 26397 US 1968 Sell This Version
5-26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(7", Jukebox) Epic 5-26397 US 1968 Sell This Version
N18 10134 Sly & The Family Stone Life(8-Trk, Album) Epic N18 10134 US 1968 Sell This Version
N18 10134 Sly & The Family Stone Life(8-Trk, Album) Epic N18 10134 US 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(Acetate, LP) Epic BN 26397 US 1968 Sell This Version
N 10134 Sly & The Family Stone Life(Cass, Album) Epic N 10134 US 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP) Epic BN 26397 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
XBN S-26379 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP) Epic XBN S-26379 Netherlands 1968 Sell This Version
27020 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album) CBS 27020 Uruguay 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(LP, Album) Epic BN 26397 US 1968 Sell This Version
BN 8-26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album) Epic BN 8-26397 France 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album) Epic BN 26397 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Epic BN 26397 US 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, Pit) Epic BN 26397 US 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(LP, Album, San) Epic BN 26397 US 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, Ter) Epic BN 26397 US 1968 Sell This Version
EN 656 Sly & The Family Stone Life(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album) Epic EN 656 US 1968 Sell This Version
8-63461, S 8-63461, BN 26397 Sly And The Family Stone* M'Lady(LP, Album) Direction, Direction, Direction 8-63461, S 8-63461, BN 26397 UK 1968 Sell This Version
8-63461, BN 26397 Sly And The Family Stone* M'Lady(LP, Album, Mono) Direction, Direction, Direction 8-63461, BN 26397 UK 1968 Sell This Version
BN 26397, BN 26 397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album) Epic, Epic BN 26397, BN 26 397 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
BN 26397, BN 26 397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, Promo) Epic, Epic BN 26397, BN 26 397 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
ELPS 3597 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album) Epic ELPS 3597 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
TLA-669 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, Unofficial) Tailee TLA-669 Taiwan 1970 Sell This Version
CSJ-977 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Unofficial) 中聲 CSJ-977 Taiwan 1970 Sell This Version
E 30333 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, Promo, RE, Yel) Epic E 30333 US 1971 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE) Epic BN 26397 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE) Epic BN 26397 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
E 30333 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE, Yel) Epic E 30333 US 1971 Sell This Version
E 30333 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE, Yel) Epic E 30333 US 1971 Sell This Version
ECPL 43 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Epic ECPL 43 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
CS-J-977 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, Unofficial) 中聲 CS-J-977 Taiwan 1972 Sell This Version
E 30333 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Epic E 30333 US 1973 Sell This Version
E 30333 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Epic E 30333 US 1973 Sell This Version
EPC 83622 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE) Epic EPC 83622 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
ESCA 7580 Sly & The Family Stone Life(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Epic ESCA 7580 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
ESCA 7580 Sly & The Family Stone Life(CD, Album, RE) Epic ESCA 7580 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
480905 2, EPC 480905 2 Sly & The Family Stone Life(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Legacy 480905 2, EPC 480905 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
EK 66423 Sly & The Family Stone Life(CD, Album, RE, RM) Legacy EK 66423 US 1995 Sell This Version
EK 66423 Sly & The Family Stone Life(CD, Album, RE, RM) Legacy EK 66423 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
82876839452 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(CD, Album, Dlx, Ltd, RE, RM, Dig) Epic, Legacy, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876839452 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
82876 83945 2 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Dig) Epic, Legacy 82876 83945 2 US 2007 Sell This Version
MHCP 1305 Sly & The Family Stone Life(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Epic MHCP 1305 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
82876 83945 2 Sly & The Family Stone Life(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic, Legacy 82876 83945 2 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Sly & The Family Stone Life(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Epic, Legacy none US 2007 Sell This Version
LP 5145 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(LP, Album, RE, 180) Sundazed Music, Epic LP 5145 US 2007 Sell This Version
88697507122 Sly & The Family Stone Life(CD, Album, RE, RM) Sony Music, Epic, Legacy 88697507122 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
88843060701JK3 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE, 180) Epic 88843060701JK3 US 2014 Sell This Version
MOVLP1429 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl, Epic MOVLP1429 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
LP 5145 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(LP, Album, RE, Gol) Sundazed Music, Epic LP 5145 US 2019 Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 120) Epic BN 26397 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Epic BN 26397 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly And The Family Stone* Life(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Epic BN 26397 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE) Epic BN 26397 US Unknown Sell This Version
BN 26397 Sly & The Family Stone Life(LP, Album, RE) Epic BN 26397 Unknown Sell This Version

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August 13, 2021
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Life, LP, Album, BN 26397
While Sly and the Family Stone were kicking it out from the get go, they also built it up quickly from really good to the apogee of amazing, with this album clearly taking a trajectory toward the top. If this is not their strongest album, it's pretty close, and it's better than nearly every album ever recorded on this planet. At their best, this band offered pointedly protest songs and celebratory party songs, sometimes at the same time. This one starts off with a blast with "Dynamite," lighting the fuse with the opening electric guitar licks and getting into the hand-clapping celebration, the perfect introduction to this classic album. This opener ends with a trail out call back to their previous album, and then launches into the finger licking "Chicken," going into a focus on poking pointed sticks at the squares, chickens, and plastic people, before launching back into full celebratory, both modes fairly bold considering the time, the targeting a bit more comical, direct, and unique than the typically protest songs of this era, and the party tunes simply bold considering the times, far from the first time music offered celebration in trying times, but clearly having some influence on the directions of music of the coming decade. While Jimi Hendrix was almost single handedly creating and setting a standard for the hard rock of the 1970s, at the same time with songs like "Fun," Sly and the Family Stone were doing the same for 1970s hard funk. Sure, when someone makes such sweeping claims, it's bound to open room to interject the names of other artists, but all those other names don't weaken the claims--Sly Stone's claim to fame. The set kicks to the front of the stage from the get go and remains there for the duration. While Hendrix was effectively stretching out the songs with Electric Ladyland in 1968, even with all the innovation, Sly and the Family Stone were keeping the songs punchy and concise, almost all the songs clocking in under the 3 minutes, and the other two clocking in under 3 1/2, songs like "I'm a Animal" weaving into designs that seem custom made for songs that stretch way past the length of the 7" single format, but Sly and the band still cut to the quick, and while so many of these songs seem ready for extended workouts on the stage, they manage to keep it packaged tight, into sticks of dynamite. And that word sums this up quite accurate: this is bundle of DYNAMITE! -- winch (green noise)