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

There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 418th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 674 votes)
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Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (100th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (418th)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.1/100, a mean average of 80.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.4.

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From 02/04/2024 13:40
TBC…

Album Rating:

01.11.1971

Sly & The Family Stone (US): 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 Talkin' To Me Africa
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Rating:  
70/100
From 02/02/2023 15:42
There are some outstanding funky moments on here that are amongst some of the groups best ever tracks but it is quite an inconsistent listen in my opinion. At times the music feels unfinished and like it needs polishing up before it was released. This effect can sometimes be extremely effective but on the weaker tracks on here it makes them feel empty and bare and like they don't belong on the album. I also don't think there are as many elite songs as there was on their last release which seemed a lot more compact and cohesive as this one. Despite this, I love the vocal performances throughout and they sure are masters at making funk music as demonstrated on here. Overall, I always struggled to get into this album and I do think it feels quite incomplete but that doesn't mean there isn't still a lot of fun to be had on this release.
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Rating:  
85/100
From 09/06/2022 17:12
Great record
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100/100
From 07/26/2022 23:56
One of the greatest albums of all time and a landmark record in funk, 'Riot' opens with the stoned refrain 'Feel so good inside myself, don't want to move', and the pace never picks up from there. Amidst a fog of drug addiction, band infighting, and troubled social landscapes, Sly Stone made this hazy masterpiece (mostly on his own, due to the aformentioned infighting) and titled it appropriately in response to Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' released six months prior. A sharp heel turn from the upbeat dance music that rocked crowds from Woodstock to Washington, this record flatly rejects all of that and settles into a languid funk that never relents. The closing track is an almost catatonic rendition of the prior year's #1 hit 'Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)', with half of the band, and twenty times the pessimism.

Essential picks: Luv N' Haight, Just Like a Baby, Family Affair, Runnin' Away, Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa
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From 07/26/2022 23:55
One of the greatest albums of all time and a landmark record in funk, 'Riot' opens with the stoned refrain 'Feel so good inside myself, don't want to move', and the pace never picks up from there. Amidst a fog of drug addiction, band infighting, and troubled social landscapes, Sly Stone made this hazy masterpiece (mostly on his own, due to the aformentioned infighting) and titled it appropriately in response to Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' released six months prior. A sharp heel turn from the upbeat dance music that rocked crowds from Woodstock to Washington, this record flatly rejects all of that and settles into a languid funk that never relents. The closing track is an almost catatonic rendition of the prior year's #1 hit 'Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)', with half of the band and twenty times the pessimism

Essential picks: Luv N' Haight, Just Like a Baby, Family Affair, Runnin' Away
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90/100
From 04/14/2022 22:32
Apart from Spaced Cowboy this funky ride was an interesting one. Not for everyone. You gotta dig funk first.

Score: A

Luv N' Haight, Family Affair, Runnin' Away, Thank You for Talkin' to Me Africa
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100/100
From 01/27/2022 04:16
Ooooo la la
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75/100
From 01/24/2022 12:06
Not very impressed with this one, Family Affair is great and i like these long tracks, but there is a lot of stuff sounding like demos.
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95/100
From 09/24/2021 17:31
Funky AND exploratory.
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80/100
From 04/22/2021 19:31
naturally with sly and funky lovely dares you to move with the beat and the times
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Best Albums of 1971
1. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
2. Who's Next by The Who
3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
4. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
5. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
6. Blue by Joni Mitchell
7. Meddle by Pink Floyd
8. Tago Mago by Can
9. L.A. Woman by The Doors
10. Tapestry by Carole King
11. Fragile by Yes
12. Bryter Layter by Nick Drake
13. Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
14. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
15. Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney
16. Imagine by John Lennon
17. Electric Warrior by T. Rex
18. Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
19. There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone
20. At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
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