This week on the LP Lounge. Two more QUAD LP’s. Sly and The Family Stone and The Staple Singers.
Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American recording group Sly and the Family Stone. It was first released on November 21, 1970, by Epic Records. Comprising five singles and their b-sides along with one additional single and one album track, it includes all of the singles from the albums Dance to the Music (1968), Life (1968), and Stand! (1969), and all of their charting B-sides.
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.
Three tracks released as singles in 1969 appear on album for the first time here: “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, “Everybody Is a Star”, and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”.
Greatest Hits was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped five million copies in the United States. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 60 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Be What You Are is a 1973 soul album by The Staple Singers. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Top Soul LPs chart. The first single, “Be What You Are”, fared poorly; however, the follow-up, “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)”, was a top ten hit, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B Singles chart. The third single, “Touch a Hand, Make a Friend” charting at number 23 on the Hot 100 and number three on the R&B chart in 1974.