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There's A Riot Goin' On (album) by Sly & The Family Stone 

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There's A Riot Goin' On
There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone (1971)
Overall rank: 374th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 476 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1971 (18th)
Top 100 albums of the 1970s (98th)
Top 500 albums of all time (374th)

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There's A Riot Goin' On is ranked as the best album by Sly & The Family Stone.

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From Sandinistar 10/07/2018 02:08
One of the best funk records, an absolute masterpiece of nothing but groove.
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From antaiospiano 08/28/2018 00:21
“Oof, what’s that smell?.. It stinks so much man... please can someone open a window?.. WHERE IS THAT STANK COMING FROM???”

Finishing listening this album feels like my heart has just returned from a laborous 9-5 job. Everything adds to the funk: the vocals and the way the microphone seemingly can’t take them, the instruments and how they’re used, the way it’s produced with instruments and vocals randomly fading in and out, and the percussion just perfectly finishes it.
If this isn’t avant-garde, I don’t know what is.
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From jdenny2018 06/13/2018 16:34
Nothing better than some hard and dirty funk
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From Sandrof1969 02/15/2018 21:39
Bianchi e soprattutto neri, uomini e donne, funky, soul, rock, psichedelia, tutto insieme nel disco più acido dell'America nera dell'epoca Nixon. E Sly era tra i più "fuori" di tutti… FAMILY AFFAIRS.
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From Diomed 02/07/2018 03:43
Not to be contrarian, but I don't see this holding a candle to "Stand". Yes, "Family Affair" is timeless, but the rest is just okay.
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From garycottier 06/09/2016 11:09
Another great Sly and the family stone album. Not quite as brilliant as, stand!, but its still an excellent record. Family affair, runnin' away, and the title track are all superb. Great funky rock.
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From Coconut 03/06/2016 17:21
This record kick ass. There ain't no better 70's funk/soul/pop than this album. The message kicks ass too.
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From boyd94 01/20/2016 17:33
This album sounds like it was made by a funk/soul band that died and came back. There's the Devil in there.
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From muzikluvah 12/05/2015 21:44
YES..... yesssss.... The dirty churning angst on this recording is so very raw, yet understated... powerful beyond explanation.... This is not the "Dance to the Music" Sly... This is the ruminatin' dark and burnin' out Sly... a hard rude awakening coming over the war-torn survivors of the Sixties sunshine utopia... now a sick joke, in the form of race riots across the country and the nation in flames.... Sly even mocks his own naivete with the return of the "Thankyoufaletinmebemicelf" refrain, words updated to reflect a new awareness... Despite album notes crediting The Family, Sly recorded much of the album by himself, instrument by instrument, and layered the tracks together with vocals....Maybe that partly accounts for a sort of lo-fi dirty sound that compliments the mood, lyrics, and vocal style here so perfectly... It's no frills hard and frustrated writhing funk....

When I think of the stunning quality of the honest and gut-wrenching emotion here, and the time, I think of two albums from other artists: Plastic Ono Band album, and especially "Tonight's the Night", by Neil Young... another very moody, thoughtful, sentimental but pissed-off album in the wake of the hopeful hippie revolution....

I have listened to "Riot" hundreds of times over the years... It's just blown me away along with so very many other fans and musicians.... Somehow the underlying tension and malevolent struggle to bust the hell out of the pit of despair has struck a very personal chord in so many of us at some point in our lives.... As good an example as any of the miraculous and transcendent power of music to convey something beyond mere word and sound.... If you know, then you know....
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From BillyBibbit 04/09/2015 17:58
For me this is the best funky album out there.
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