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Sly & The Family Stone

There's A Riot Goin' On

Sony Music CMG


Released: 26th Apr 2010


heavyweight lp

Released: 11th Feb 2013


this 197'1 funk classic manages to capture the era of militant activism & deep social unrest in a brooding, moody album with tension that could cut through steel.

'there’s a riot going on' was sly & the family stone’s answer to marvin gaye’s what’s going on?', the seminal soul album that came out five months before the sly stone masterpiece. sly revels in his stoned decadence & it's hard not to get drawn in with him, as you're seduced by the narcotic grooves, seductive vocals slurs, leering electric pianos, & crawling guitars. as the themes surface, it's hard not to nod in agreement, but it's a junkie nod, induced by the comforting coma of the music. it’s a dark, earthy funk album, that went straight to number 1 upon release. single 'family affair' also topped the charts, & is still one of sly stone’s most beloved tracks.

There's A Riot Goin' On


  1. Luv N’ Haight
  2. Just Like A Baby
  3. Poet
  4. Family Affair
  5. Africa Talks To You “The Asphalt Jungle”
  6. There’s A Riot Goin’ On
  7. Brave & Strong
  8. (You Caught Me) Smilin’
  9. Time
  10. Spaced Cowboy
  11. Runnin’ Away
  12. Thank You For Talking To Me Africa