Written By Braddon S. Williams
SLY and the Family STONE: FRESH
Funk music has rarely been better than the perfection of the lead-off single from Sly And The Family Stone’s 1973 album, Fresh.
The song in question is If You Want Me To Stay, featuring one of the best bass lines in recorded history.
Sly Stone knew how to orchestrate a groove as well as anyone this side of James Brown, and Fresh is chock full of infectious, soulful, deep pocket grooves, like In Time, Frisky, If It Were Left Up To Me, Qué Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), Let Me Have It All, Skin I’m In, and Babies Makin’ Babies.
Miles Davis and George Clinton both loved this album, so if you don’t trust my judgment, maybe Miles & George will convince you to show Sly some love!