Sly And The Family Stone Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968

Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968 is a box set of live recordings by Sly And The Family Stone.

What we have are four different sets of Sly Stone performing live (two per night) in New York in an even earlier set than the Woodstock performance. By this stage, the band had released their third studio album Life but it’s before the big hits which started with Everyday People released in November 1968. It’s also before Sly Stone was overtaken by his drug addiction.

Sly And The Family Stone Live At The Fillmore East

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Songs On Sly And The Family Stone Live At The Fillmore East

CD 1 – Show 1

Are You Ready – 4:57
Color Me True – 4:54
Won’t Be Long – 6:55
We Love All (Freedom) – 8:24
Medley: Turn Me Loose / I Can’t Turn You Loose – 5:14
Chicken – 9:22
Love City – 8:52

CD 2 – Show 2

M’ Lady – 5:12
Don’t Burn Baby – 4:38
Color Me True – 6:03
Won’t Be Long – 6:41
St. James Infirmary – 7:39
Medley: Turn Me Loose / I Can’t Turn You Loose – 5:46
Are You Ready – 5:45
Dance to the Music – 5:11
Music Lover – 8:07
Medley: Life / Music Lover – 9:11

CD 3 – Show 3

Life – 3:05
Color Me True – 6:03
Won’t Be Long – 7:14
Are You Ready – 6:20
Dance to the Music – 5:24
Music Lover – 6:18
M’ Lady – 5:43

CD 4

M’ Lady – 5:23
Life – 3:03
Are You Ready – 7:59
Won’t Be Long – 7:53
Color Me True – 6:25
Dance to the Music – 5:30
Music Lover – 5:51
Love City – 5:33
Medley: Turn Me Loose / I Can’t Turn You Loose – 5:25
Riffs – 1:48

Inevitably we have plenty of duplications but it’s refreshing to see that the band aimed to keep their performances fresh instead of repeating a well defined set list.

I appreciate getting the full experience but I’ll concede that the box set is expensive. Hardcore fans will buy it but those of us who appreciate the music but those of us who don’t want four versions of Color Me True, Are You Ready etc may be better buying downloads of certain songs because the quantity of songs on here is overwhelming. The trouble is, I’m not sure which particular versions to recommend.

What we have is an exuberant celebration of music with funky basslines from Larry Graham prominent together with the horns and the good time vocals.

This is an album that will put a smile on your face and your body groove to the beats. The mark of a great live album is to leave you wishing that you had a time machine and you could go back and see the concert. By that definition, this is a great live album.

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