Massive!! A collection of 7"s from the obscure Stone Flower label catalogue, along with unreleased! Sly Stone (produced) work, available again on this doublepack. Early drum machines on more then some of the tracks here - giving a previeuw to Sly's 'new sound' , audible on the 'Thereï¿½s A Riot Goinï¿½ On' album. Well recommended!!In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Slyï¿½s musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar, minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four seven-inch singles. Stone Flowerï¿½s releases were credited to their individual artists, but each had Slyï¿½s design and musicianship stamped into the groovesï¿½and the words ï¿½Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stoneï¿½ on the sticker.
Set up by Stoneï¿½s manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was, predictably, a family affair: the first release was by Little Sister, fronted by Stoneï¿½s little sister Vaetta Stewart. It was short lived tooï¿½the imprint folded in 1971ï¿½but its influence was longer lasting. The sound Stone formulated while working on Stone Flowerï¿½s output would shape the next phase in his own career as a recording artist: it was here he began experimenting with the brand new Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. In conjunction with languid, effected organ and guitar sounds and a distinctly lo-fi soundscape, Slyï¿½s productions for Stone Flower would inform the basis of his masterwork Thereï¿½s A Riot Goinï¿½ On.
The first 45 came in February 1970: Little Sisterï¿½s dancefloor-ready ï¿½Youï¿½re The Oneï¿½ hit Number 22 in the chartsï¿½the labelï¿½s highest showing. The follow-up, ï¿½Stanga," also by Little Sister, made the wah pedal the star. The third release came from 6IX, a six-piece multi-racial rock group whose sole release, a super-slow version of The Family Stoneï¿½s ï¿½Dynamite," featured only the lead singer and harmonica player from the group. Joe Hicks was the final Stone Flower stablemate; his pulsing, electronic "Life And Death In G&Aï¿½ is one of the bleakest moments Sly Stone ever created on disc (Hicksï¿½ prior single for Scepter, ï¿½Home Sweet Home,ï¿½ the first released Stone Flower production, is also included).
This long overdue compilation of Slyï¿½s Stone Flower era gathers each side of the five 45s plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives, all newly remastered from the original tapes. In these grooves youï¿½ll find the missing link between the rocky, soulful Sly Stone of Stand! and the dark, drum machine-punctuated, overdubbed sound of Thereï¿½s A Riot Going On. Iï¿½m Just Like You: Slyï¿½s Stone Flower 1969-70 opens up the mysteries of an obscure but monumental phase in Stoneï¿½s career.