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Sly & The Family Stone

Sly & The Family Stone - There’s A Riot Goin’ On - 50th Anniversary Red Vinyl


There's a Riot Goin' On is the fifth studio album by American funk and psychedelic soul band Sly and the Family Stone. It was recorded from 1970 to 1971 at Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California and released later that year on November 20 by Epic Records.

The album's recording was dominated by band frontman Sly Stone during a period of drug use and intra-group tension. Its music embraced a darker and more challenging sound than the optimistic style of the band's previous releases, making use of hard funk rhythms, primitive drum machines, extensive overdubbing, and a dense mix. The album's planned title was Africa Talks to You, but it was retitled in response to Marvin Gaye's album What's Going On, released six months before.

There's a Riot Goin' On reached the Billboard Pop Album and Soul Album charts at number one upon its release, while its lead single "Family Affair" topped the Pop Singles chart. By 2001, it had sold one million copies and been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Received with ambivalence upon its release, the album is now praised as one of the greatest and most influential recordings of all time, and ranked at or near the top of many publications' best album lists. In 2003, it was ranked number 99 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Luv N' Haight
Just Like A Baby
Family Affair
Africa Talks To You "The Asphalt Jungle"
There's A Riot Goin' On
Brave & Strong
(You Caught Me) Smilin'
Spaced Cowboy
Runnin' Away
Thank You For Talking To Me Africa

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