Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Sly Stone: Ten Years Too Soon [Epic, 1979]
Pieties aside, John Luongo does better with this monstrous concept--segueing "contemporary" instrumental stylings into Sly's (not the Family's) greatest dance tracks--than you'd expect, and the album is at least a listenable curiosity. I mean, it's funny to hear a kickdrum-syndrum break follow the familiar "for people who only need a beat." And "High on You" is actually improved. But of course, the concept failed--this got virtually no disco play. And Greatest Hits is still in catalogue. B-