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Sly and the Family Stone Taking Fans "Higher!" with New Box Set

Image courtesy of Epic/Legacy Recordings (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Epic/Legacy Recordings (via ABC News Radio)

A new four-CD compilation paying tribute to the incredible career of Sly and the Family Stone will hit stores in late summer. 

The box set, titled Higher! , will be released August 27 and will feature 77 songs, including 17 previously unreleased tracks.  The collection is being released in conjunction with frontman Sly Stone 's 70th birthday, which took place this past March 15.

Among the dozens of tunes on the retrospective are rare mono single masters of many of the pioneering funk group's hits, such as "Dance to the Music," "Everyday People," "I Want to Take You Higher," "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."  The anthology also offers several early solo recordings by Sly Stone, select album tracks, B sides, demos, alternate takes and unreleased cuts, as well as live performances from 1970's Isle of Wight Festival and a 1973 appearance on the Don Kirshner's Rock Concert TV show.

The Higher! box set also includes a 104-page book featuring newly written liner notes, a Sly Stone career timeline, rare photos of the group members, images of concert posters and other pieces of band-related memorabilia and commentary about each track.

With regard to the music on the compilation, Higher! liner notes author Jeff Kaliss writes, "Refracted in these treasures, are colors you may be unused to seeing in Sly: old R&B, jazz, nursery rhymes, gospel, and even country, fused and transformed by a precious visionary and his fellow musical alchemists."

Check out Higher!'s entire track list at SlyStoneMusic.com .

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