Label: Epic - KE 30325 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Misprint Gatefold • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Funk
It was first released on November 21,by Epic Records. The versions on this compilation are not the single mixes in all cases; some songs appear here in their album lengths and mixes. Mixes sometimes have different timings and differences in vocals and or instrumentation. Greatest Hits peaked at 2 on the Billboardand was the band's most successful album. Epic resorted to taking the mono single versions of these tracks and artificially "re-channelling" them for the stereo LP.
The entire album was also remixed for 4-channel quadraphonic sound. The quad album release appeared in the SQ format on LP. This system was also compatible with conventional 2-channel stereo playback systems. For many years the rather rare quadraphonic LP was the only source of "true stereo" versions of the three single tracks, although, technically these were not stereo mixes.
Normal stereo mixes of the three songs were finally done when the group's catalog was digitally remastered in the s. This edition also includes original mono single mixes in place of where the stereo recordings would ordinarily be.
In a contemporary review for Rolling Stonemusic critic Jon Landau said that Sly Stone's style is "so infinite and revolves around so many crucial aspects that it has only come together perfectly on a handful of his singles", the best of which are compiled on Greatest Hits. Although he found occasionally "trite" music and lyrics, Landau felt that most of the songs "alone stand as a tribute to one of the most original and creative rock musicians.
He said that Stone's political songs are "uplifting but never simplistic or sentimental", and found the rhythms particularly exceptional, calling them Helter Skelter - The Beatles - Anthology 3, good-humored, and trenchant throughout". Christgau asserted that the music's flashy Stand! - Sly & The Family Stone - Greatest Hits separationsvocal sounds, and register alterations made Greatest Hits "the toughest commercial experiments in rock and roll history".
In a review upon the album's reissue inAndrew Gilstrap from PopMatters said that, although it is not comprehensive, the "slapped-together feel" may be "part of what makes Greatest Hits work so well, as if it was put together with the same freewheeling spirit that characterized the band. Superscripts denote original album sources, referenced below. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sly and the Family Stone. Retrieved May 10, Rolling Stone. New York. November 1, Archived from the original on February 24, Retrieved September 23, Hal Leonard Corporation.
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