New Release: Sly and the Family Stone Live in 1968
A new four-CD set of Sly and the Family Stone live in 1968 at the Fillmore East is a window into the funky, eclectic, improvisational music of one of American pop’s most influential bands
By MARC MYERS – July 16, 2015 11:42 a.m. ET
…Sly and the Family Stone were booked into New York’s Fillmore East on Oct. 4-5…. The band was eager to show Epic that its feel-good, jam-session treatments of gospel-tinged funk-rock originals could whip up any audience.
Judging by “Sly and the Family Stone: Live at the Fillmore East” (Sony Legacy), a four-CD set due July 17, they succeeded. The seven-member San Francisco band was in its prepop prime in late 1968, and the Fillmore crowds at four different shows responded with whistles and thundering cheers.
Jerry Martini, the band’s saxophonist…co-leads the Family Stone with founding trumpeter Cynthia Robinson and will be touring the U.S. this summer with original drummer Greg Errico.