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There's a Riot Goin' On
Album cover
LP by Sly & the Family Stone
Released November 20, 1971
Recorded Spring 1971 - Fall 1971
Genre Funk/Soul
Length 47 mins 33 secs
Label Epic
KE 30986
Producer(s) Sly Stone
Professional reviews
Sly & the Family Stone chronology
Greatest Hits
(1970)
There's a Riot Goin' On
(1971)
Fresh
(1973)

There's a Riot Goin' On is the influential 1971 album by the soul/rock/funk band Sly & the Family Stone. Unlike the earlier psychedelic-styled albums by the Family Stone, There's A Riot Goin' On embraced a darker, more foreboding sound, stylistically reflecting the general feeling of lost hope and crushed dreams that prevailed for many people during the 1970s. Image File history File links The original cover to Sly & The Family Stones 1971 LP, Theres A Riot Goin On This image is the cover of an album or single. ... 33⅓ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ... Sly Stone holds the Family Stone in the palm of his hand in this image. ... Jump to: navigation, search November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Jump to: navigation, search Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... This article contains information that has not been verified. ... Jump to: navigation, search The second (symbol: s) is the SI base unit of time. ... Jump to: navigation, search A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... [[Image:[1]|right|100px]] Epic Records is a record label launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Jump to: navigation, search In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) is (among many other tasks) primarily responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for mass production and commercial release. ... Sly Stone, as depicted on the cover of the 1981 greatest hits compilation Sly & the Family Stone Anthology. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links Description: Rating stars. ... Sly Stone holds the Family Stone in the palm of his hand in this image. ... Greatest Hits is a 1970 greatest hits LP for the soul/rock/funk band Sly & the Family Stone. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Fresh was the sixth album by Sly & the Family Stone, released by Epic/CBS Records in 1973. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Sly Stone holds the Family Stone in the palm of his hand in this image. ... The word psychedelic is a neologism coined from the Greek words for mind, ψυχη (psyche), and manifest, δηλειν (delein). ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ...

Contents


Overview

In the fall of 1971, Sly & The Family Stone released a new hit single, "Family Affair", their first new material in nearly two years. It became the fourth and final #1 pop hit for the band, but "Family Affair" was certainly different from the earlier hits. A somber, Rhodes piano-based record with a drum-machine providing the rhythm, Sly and Rosie are singing about the good and bad aspects of family, but Sly delivers his part in a low, depressed tone. Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... A Rhodes piano is a musical instrument. ...


The band's long-awaited fifth album, There's a Riot Goin' On, debuted at #1 on the Billboard album charts; as it turned out, "Family Affair" was one of the more positive spots on the album. Most of the rest of Riot features Sly alone on lead vocals – Rosie is the only other member of the band who sings solo lead parts on the album. Allegedly, most of the album's instrumentation is also performed by Sly, who also enlisted the Family Stone for some instrumental parts and friends such as Billy Preston, Ike Turner, and Bobby Womack for others. The entire record featured a dampened, worn-out sound, which matches the burnt-out, frustrated, drugged tone of Sly's lyrics and vocals. Riot finds Sly reveling in drug-induced euphoria ("Luv N' Haight"), praising himself ("Poet") and declaring that the good times (the 1960s) are over and the bad times (the 1970s) are here ("Africa Talks To You 'The Asphalt Jungle'", one of the few songs to feature co-lead vocals by The Family Stone). The angry and forceful "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" (included on Greatest Hits) is reincarnated as the slow, ghastly "Thank You For Talking to Me, Africa." "Family Affair," "(You Caught Me) Smiling," and "Runnin' Away" were released as singles. Soul musician Billy Preston was born on September 9, 1946 in Houston, Texas and raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... Ike Turner (born Izear Luster Turner Jr. ... Robert Dwayne Womack (born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on March 4, 1944), is an African-American singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), released in December 1969, is a 1970 hit single recorded by Sly & the Family Stone. ... Greatest Hits is a 1970 greatest hits LP for the soul/rock/funk band Sly & the Family Stone. ...


The original cover underscored the tone of the album, featuring an American flag with gun shots in place of stars; the album was reissued with a "safer" cover featuring Sly in concert. Many critics and fans did not know how to react to Riot upon its release, but the album is today recognized as one of the best and most honest albums of the rock era. It is also considered the one of the first instances of the type of funk music later popularized by George Clinton and Funkadelic, the Ohio Players, and similar acts. Flag ratio: 7:12; nicknames: Stars and Stripes, Old Glory The flag of the United States of America consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars... Jump to: navigation, search The Pleiades star cluster A star is a massive body of plasma in outer space that is currently producing or has produced energy through nuclear fusion. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Jump to: navigation, search George Clinton George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American musician, considered one of the fathers of funk. ... Jump to: navigation, search Funkadelic was originally the backing band for the doo wop group, The Parliaments. ... The Ohio Players are a funk band whose heyday was in the mid- to late 1970s. ...


Tracklist

All songs on the LP had Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart credited as songwriter, producer, and arranger. Sly Stone, as depicted on the cover of the 1981 greatest hits compilation Sly & the Family Stone Anthology. ...


Side A

  • 1. "Luv n' Haight"
  • 2. "Just Like a Baby"
  • 3."Poet"
  • 4. "Family Affair"
  • 5. "Africa Talks to You 'The Asphalt Jungle' "
  • (no number) "There's a Riot Goin' On" (running time - 0:00)

Side B Family Affair is a 1971 #1 hit single recorded by Sly & the Family Stone for the Epic Records label. ...

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), released in December 1969, is a 1970 hit single recorded by Sly & the Family Stone. ...

Personnel

The There's a Riot Goin' On reissue cover.
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Samples

  • Download sample of "Family Affair"
  • Download sample of "Just Like a Baby"

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