FAME Review: Global Noize - Sly Reimagined: The Music of Sly & the Family Stone
Global Noize - Sly Reimagined: The Music of Sly & the Family Stone

Sly Reimagined:
The Music of Sly & the Family Stone

Global Noize

Zoho Roots - ZM201308

Available from Jason Miles' web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

It's so far past time that Sly Stone and his music were tributized that the very thought of the delay makes even my teeth hurt! But Global Noize has arrived to solve the dilemma, and thank Jah f'dat, mon. They take certain liberties with the music—so hats off to the Prime Mover Unmoved yet again—but also cleave quite tightly to the vibe and melodies, so it's not like you're going to have to worry about a radically stripped-down Autechre track or any such thing. There's soul, jazz, and funk galore with turntabling and electronica making its way into the mix. 'N hey, pilgrim, if you think I'm exaggerating about the need for this trib CD, take a look at who agrees with me, appearing in all their glory: Greg Errico, Dean Brown, Nona Hendryx, Roberta Flack, DJ Logic, Will Bernard, and loads of others. Yow!

Reimagined includes several hits and favorites (You can Make It if You Try, Stand, It's a Family Affair, etc. ), renames Thank You (Falettinme be Mice Elf Agin) as Thank You for Talking to Me, Africa—not sure why but okay—and leaves off others (notably Dance to the Music, I Want to Take You Higher, Sex Machine, Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey, and Hot Fun in the Summertime). I have to suspect that such decisions were made because tracks like I Wanna Take You Higher have been done to death, Brian Auger's version being the heads and shoulders best, and of course because only just so much can be fit into a single CD.

The whole of the disc affair coheres very well. Anyone not familiar with Stone's work, upon hearing this, is going to think it's Global Noize's own stuff top to bottom. Most anthologies of this nature run the gamut from noisy to ambient to highly styized to broken down, sometimes so fragmentedly that one wonders what the hell the coordinator of the gatherum was thinking, but Reimagined prsents itself as well-planned narrative from start to finish. Boomers are gonna love this in every respect—even to the Margoliff & Cecil-ish moogs in The Same Thing (which bring back a tang of what Stevie Wonder was doing in the era while Sly was feeling his oats)—and newbies will be sweet-stepping to the inner city summer groovaliciousness of it all. Me? I'm just smiling 'n booty shaking 'n hoping there will be a second volume.

Track List:

  • In Time
  • It's a Family Affair (groove vibe version)
  • Fun
  • The Same Thing
  • You can Make It if You Try
  • Stand!
  • Thank You for Talking to Me Africa
  • It's a Family Affair (Falu Mumbai version)
  • The Same Thing (Mulholland Drive mix)
  • Dreams
All songs written by Sylvester Stewart
except Dreams (Miles / Falu / Byalick).

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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