- 2LP - Purple Vinyl
- Limited Purple Vinyl Edition
Compilation and notes by Alec Palao.
An exclusive new interview with Sly Stone himself.
In-depth liner notes with first-hand reminiscences of the Stone Flower era from many of the
Features all five Stone Flower produced singles plus ten previously unissued cuts from the
All tracks newly remastered from the original tapes.
In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had
already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly’s musical about-
turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar,
minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four seven-inch singles. Stone Flower’s releases
were credited to their individual artists, but each had Sly’s design and musicianship stamped into
the grooves–and the words “Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stone” on
Set up by Stone’s manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was,
predictably, a family affair: the first release was by Little Sister, fronted by Stone’s little sister
Vaetta Stewart. It was short lived too–the imprint folded in 1971–but its influence was longer
lasting. The sound Stone formulated while working on Stone Flower’s output would shape the next
phase in his own career as a recording artist: it was here he began experimenting with the brand
new Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. In conjunction with languid, effected organ and guitar
sounds and a distinctly lo-fi soundscape, Sly’s productions for Stone Flower would inform the basis
of his masterwork There’s A Riot Goin’ On.
The first 45 came in February 1970: Little Sister’s dancefloor-ready “You’re The One” hit Number
22 in the charts–the label’s highest showing. The follow-up, “Stanga," also by Little Sister, made
the wah pedal the star. The third release came from 6IX, a six-piece multi-racial rock group whose
sole release, a super-slow version of The Family Stone’s “Dynamite," featured only the lead singer
and harmonica player from the group. Joe Hicks was the final Stone Flower stablemate; his
pulsing, electronic "Life And Death In G&A” is one of the bleakest moments Sly Stone ever created
on disc (Hicks’ prior single for Scepter, “Home Sweet Home,” the first released Stone Flower
production, is also included).
This long overdue compilation of Sly’s Stone Flower era gathers each side of the five 45s plus ten
previously unissued cuts from the label archives, all newly remastered from the original tapes. In
these grooves you’ll find the missing link between the rocky, soulful Sly Stone of Stand! and the
dark, drum machine-punctuated, overdubbed sound of There’s A Riot Going On. I’m Just Like You:
Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 opens up the mysteries of an obscure but monumental phase in
I’m Just Like You: 1969-1970 – Sly’s Stone Flower, Sly Stone has been added to your bag.