Finding The Funk is getting its television premiere on VH1 TONIGHT at 10PM ET/PT. Directed by cultural critic Nelson George, the new VH1 Rock Doc chronicles one of pop music’s most beloved genres, exploring both the components and the innovative artists behind funk’s rise throughout the 1970s.
The film gets a helping hand from The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who provides narration, as well as memories and insights from legends like Bootsy Collins, Sly Stone, D’Angelo, Shelia E and many more.
VH1 Rock Docs
Enter at VEVO.com for a chance to win the most incredible box sets ever assembled featuring some of the most iconic names in the Legacy Recordings catalog! The prize package includes Sly & The Family Stone’s Higher!:
- Herbie Hancock – The Complete Columbia Album Collection (34 discs, 200 pg book)
- Sly & The Family Stone – Higher! (77–track over view and rarities box)
- Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection (12 studio albums, 2 live albums)
- Harry Nilsson – The RCA Albums Collection (14 discs + 65 bonus tracks)
- Bob Dylan – The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1 (all 41 official albums, 286 pg book)
- The Clash box set (all 12 studio albums, 3 demo albums, DVD)
- Miles Davis – The Original Mono Recordings (9 discs)
- Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1969 (3 discs, DVD)
- Kings of Leon – The Collection Box (5 albums, DVD)
- Julio Iglesias – Greatest Hits Deluxe Version (2 discs, DVD)
- Mad Season – Above Deluxe Edition (2 discs, DVD)
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (4 discs, 80 pg book)
- Elvis Presley – Elvis at Stax (3 discs, 40 pg book)
- Taj Mahal – The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (13 albums, 15 discs)
Biker drama Sons of Anarchy has covered Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People.” The FX show’s music supervisor and composer, Bob Thiele, was mindful of Sly Stone’s legacy while managing the thrill of playing one of his songs. “Recording ‘Everyday People’ has easily been the biggest challenge I’ve had over the course of working on this show,” Thiele told Rolling Stone. “First of all, Sly. In my book, none better. As big as the Beatles or Stones.”
Much of the difficulty involved expanding “Everyday People” from its original form to five-and-a-half minutes — along with fitting vocalists Audra Mae, Billy Valentine, Katey Sagal, Curtis Stigers and Franky Perez into the track. “Finding a new voice for the song, that’s the challenge and that is what makes this work so gratifying.”
Listen to the Sons of Anarchy cover of “Everyday People” and read more at RollingStone.com.
Okayplayer has unveiled the final video in its Throwback Thursday interview series with members of Sly & The Family Stone, who gathered in the studio to review the newly-remastered versions of their classic tracks for the Higher! box set. The video focuses on “Stand!” — one of The Family Stone’s most resounding and lasting statements — and the stand they were trying to make as they tried to change the world. And don’t miss your opportunity to enter for a chance to win the box set!
It’s Throwback Thursday at Okayplayer, which means they have another exclusive look at Sly & The Family Stone‘s historic conversation, reunion and playback session as they met for the recent release of the Higher! 4CD box set. Videos 9 & 10 include anecdotes and insights from the Family’s early gigs at Winchester Cathedral and a listening session for the master tracks of “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” including never-before-heard versions! Also, enter for a chance to win a copy of the box set!
LEGACY RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION VINYL EXCLUSIVES FOR RECORD STORE DAY’S ANNUAL BACK TO BLACK FRIDAY (FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2013)
Numbered Limited Edition of Bob Dylan – Side Tracks Leads Legacy’s RSD Back To Black Friday 2013 Vinyl Lineup
New Legacy Collectibles Include: 12″ Releases by Cheap Trick, Miles Davis, Nas, Harry Nilsson, Paul Simon and Roy Orbison; 7″ Singles by Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone and Uncle Tupelo; Vinyl Replica CDs by the Clash
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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is rolling out an incredible line-up of collectible 12″ and 7″ vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day’s Back to Black Friday 2013, celebrated this year at the nation’s independent record stores on Friday, November 29, 2013.
For RSD Back To Black Friday 2013, Legacy is offering a range of historic and classic releases catering to connoisseurs of timeless sounds, from rare Bob Dylan Side Tracks to the roots of contemporary hip-hop, from punk rock to cool jazz, from 12″ box sets to 7″ vinyl singles to CD replicas of LPs in the Clash catalog.
Legacy Recordings Back To Black Friday 2013 releases include:
Bob Dylan – Side Tracks – 3 x 12″ 200 gram LPs – numbered limited edition
An independent record store vinyl exclusive, Side Tracks (first made available as two CDs in the monumental Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One, released November 5, 2013) is a career-spanning collection of official Bob Dylan recordings–including previously released non-album singles, tracks from Biograph and other compilations, songs from films and more–that have never appeared on one of the artist’s formal albums.
Cheap Trick – The Classic Albums 1977-1979 – 5 x 12″ 180 gram LPs – numbered limited edition
An independent record store vinyl exclusive, The Classic Albums 1977-1979 box collects the first five ground-breaking power-pop masterpieces from one of America’s all-time great rock bands, Cheap Trick. First released within a breathtaking two-year creative peak period in the late 1970s, these classic titles–Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight, Live Budokan and Dream Police–have been newly remastered in 2013 from the original analog tapes and come packaged in original album artwork, housed in a newly-designed, numbered limited edition LP box.
Harry Nilsson – Rarities Collection – 12″ 180 gram LP – numbered limited edition
An independent record store vinyl exclusive, these 12 rare Nilsson tracks have been especially selected for this release from The RCA Album Collection, a career-spanning 17 CD collection, and include demos, outtakes and other rarities.
Roy Orbison – The Monument Vinyl Box – 4 x 12″ 180 gram LPs
An independent record store vinyl exclusive, The Monument Vinyl Box brings together the first three landmark albums–Lonely and Blue (1961), Crying (1962) and In Dreams (1963)–from Orbison’s groundbreaking tenure at Monument Records. These records are now joined by a newly-curated fourth LP, Oh! Pretty Woman – the “missing” Monument album masterpiece that could have, and should have been released as its title song, “Oh, Pretty Woman” was topping the charts in 1964.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Fire” b/w “Foxey Lady” – 7″ single – Numbered Limited Edition
An independent record store vinyl exclusive, these two live tracks were performed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the May 1968 Miami Pop Festival and have been previously unavailable.
Sly & The Family Stone – “Sexy Situation” b/w “Mother Is A Hippie” – 7″ single – Numbered Limited Edition
An independent record store vinyl exclusive, this funky 7″ single celebrates the release of the deluxe Sly & The Family Stone box set HIGHER! with two previously unissued early versions of these tracks.
Uncle Tupelo – “I Wanna Be Your Dog” b/w “Commotion” – 7″ vinyl single – Numbered Limited Edition
An independent record store vinyl exclusive, this vinyl 7″ includes “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” a cover of the Stooges punk standard and outtake from No Depression, on the A Side with a B Side premiering a previously unreleased studio outtake showcasing Uncle Tupelo rocking Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Commotion” in a preview of the forthcoming Legacy Edition of No Depression.
Nas – “Halftime” – 12″ Vinyl reproduction of 1992 original
Originally recorded for the Zebrahead soundtrack by an emerging American MC calling himself “Nasty Nas,” this explosive debut, in the words of Vibe magazine, “created a niche that only Illmatic could fill.” The single also launched the career of one of the most durable, provocative and poetic rappers in hip-hop history. This facsimile reproduction of the original 12″ vinyl includes the full “Halftime” A-side (1. radio edit, 2. LP version. 3. LP version instrumental) and B-side (1. Butcher Remix 2. Butcher Mix instrumental). The Nas “Halftime” release provides a fitting overture for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of Illmatic in 2014 (#ILLMATIC20 /Coming 2014).
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue – 12″ 180 gram LP – MONO – Numbered Edition
The top-selling jazz album of all time, the modality of Kind of Blue found its way into classical, rock, and pop becoming one of the most influential cultural touchstones of the last half of the 20th century and one of the most transcendent pieces of music ever recorded. Davis played trumpet sublime with his ensemble sextet featuring pianist Bill Evans, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley with Wyton Kelly playing piano on “Freddy the Freeloader.”
Miles Davis – Miles & Monk at Newport – 12″ 180 gram LP – MONO – Numbered Edition
Classic live recordings from jazz masters Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk on one LP. Side One is high energy bebop from the Miles Davis Sextet in 1958 and Side Two includes two full numbers from the Thelonious Monk Quartet with Pee Wee Russell from 1963.
Miles Davis – Jazz Track – 12″ 180 gram LP – MONO – Numbered Edition
A reissue of two underrated Miles Davis sessions on one mono LP; Side One is the Miles Davis Quintet’s soundtrack for the French film L’Ascenseuer Pour l’Echafaud while highlights from the Miles Davis Sextet’s session on May 26, 1958 (Davis’ 32nd birthday).
Paul Simon – Paul Simon – 12″ 180 gram LP – Numbered – includes download card
Remastered reissue of the recording artist’s 1972 solo album, his first post-Simon & Garfunkel, includes the hits “Mother and Child Reunion” (recorded in Kingston, Jamaica) and “Me and Julio Down By The School Yard.”
Paul Simon – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon – 12″ 180 gram LP – Numbered – includes download card
Remastered reissue of Simon’s 1973 album includes “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like A Rock.”
Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years – 12″ 180 gram LP – Numbered – includes download card
Remastered reissue of iconic 1975 album, originally produced by Phil Ramone and Paul Simon, includes four US Top 40 hits: “Gone At Last,” “My Little Town” “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” and “Still Crazy After All These Years.”
The Clash – The Clash – 1 CD in LP replica sleeve
The Clash – Give ‘Em Enough Rope – 1 CD in LP replica sleeve
The Clash – London Calling – 2 CDs in LP replica sleeve
The Clash – Sandinista! – 3 CDs in LP replica sleeve
The Clash – Combat Rock – 1 CD in LP replica sleeve
For RSD Back To Black Friday 2013, Legacy Recordings is also releasing–as CDs in LP replica sleeves–the essential five studio albums that form the core catalog of The Clash. These editions were newly remastered by Clash guitarist Mick Jones and were included in the monumental Clash box set, Sound System, released September 2013.
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Now in its sixth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April. This past January, RSD announced the appointment of Jack White to the post of Record Store Day 2013 Ambassador.
Okayplayer has posted parts 7 & 8 from its exclusive series of video clips from the historic Sly & The Family Stone reunion, where the band listened to remastered versions of their classic songs for the release of the definitive Higher! 4CD box set. In this week’s clips, we get some insight into the Family’s gratitude for their audience, and we get to listen in (and look over Freddie Stone‘s shoulder) as they play with the original master tracks of “Family Affair.” You also can enter for a chance to win a copy of the Higher! box set.
It’s time for another look at Sly & The Family Stone’s historic reunion for the release of the definitive Higher! box set. In this installment at Okayplayer (clips 5 & 6), The Family discusses Love & Haight. Watch both clips below and be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy of the 4CD box set.
As part of a unique collaboration with Sony Music, the brand new video for “Everyday People” by Sly & The Family Stone is comprised of more than 130 clips from the Shutterstock footage collection, along with a selection of archival images of the band. The video emphasizes the powerful message of the song by playfully depicting a day in the life of humanity. The São Paulo-based duo behind the video, Dimitre Lima and Renan Costa Lima, are award-winning visual artists who have been involved with a wide range of inspiring and innovative projects. They recently spoke with Shutterstock about the project, and you can read more about the making of the “Everyday People” music video!
A brand new music video for the classic track “Everyday People” premiered on Mashable today! This video collaboration between Shutterstock and Sony Music presents archival “animated” images of the band along with clips from the Shutterstock footage collection, emphasizing the powerful message of the song by playfully depicting a day in the life of people from all over the world, finding surprising threads of commonality across cultures which is the essence of the song.
“Everyday People” is part of Sly & The Family Stone four-CD box set, Higher!, which came out in August.
Watch Part 1 & 2 of Sly & The Family Stone‘s recent reunion/interview, an historic conversation that took place upon the release of the definitive Higher! box set and found the band (sans bassgod Larry Graham) listening to the newly and lovingly remastered tracks and sharing the back stories of their creation.