Archive for Sly and the Family Stone

Guitar Gods

Let’s give a nod to some of the greatest guitar players of our time: First, more from the L.A. Forum where the Dead layed down a solid showing last night. In this bootleg, Eric Clapton performs with Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana, and Keith Moon. This is a widely circulated and revered bootleg and is a must have for all collectors.

eric_clapton-the_legendary_la_forum_show_1975-frontClapton, Cocker, Santana, Moon – 8/14/75 – L.A. Forum
Stormy Monday
Can’t Find My Way Home
Further on up the Road
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Tell the Truth

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In this vid, Eric Clapton teams up with Jeff Beck for a blazing take of Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘I Want to Take You Higher’ at the Saitama Super Arena, Japan. They nail’ it – I’m amazed at Clapton’s guitar playing – he maintains a level of technical expertise unlike so many of the greats from his generation. Clapton is a true master of the trade:

Next Santana and Derek Trucks rip up the classic ‘Get out my Life Woman’, with a nice ‘Who Knows’ (Hendrix) tease thrown in for good measure. Santana goes fuckin’ nuts around the 6:00 minute mark – and I LIKE it! Derek Trucks stands up to the test and lays down some monster licks himself:

It wouldn’t be a guitar gods exhibit without Trey, so, check out this beautiful and euphoric Trey Anastasio Band performance from Bonnaroo 2002, Trey’s first time at Bonnaroo. This is the peak of Trey’s solo band career, a magical moment no doubt for band and audience alike. Trey is on top of his game, and the power of his 15 piece band is unbelieveable:

Lastly, Jimi Hendrix welcomes Jim Morrison as a special guest. Hendrix’s guitar playing is top notch and Morrison is clearly extremely intoxicated. All in all, quite an amusing and fun show:

Jimi Hendrix w/ Jim Morrison5992834
New York, NY
1. Red House
2. Wake Up This Morning And You Find Yourself Dead
3. Bleeding Heart
4. Morrison’s Lament
5. Tomorrow Never Knows
6. Uranus Rock
7. Outside Woman Blues
8. Sunshine of Your Love

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You’ve Got To Funkifize

Let’s take a world tour of Funk with no other than P-Funk, Sly and the Family Stone, and Stevie Wonder.


Check out this triple-decker download of straight F-U-N-K:

Sly & The Family Stone – Holland -10/09/70
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1.  Thank you
2.  M’Lady
3.  Simple Song
4. Stand!
5. Dance To The Music
6. I want to Take You Higher

Stevie Wonder – Brighton, UK – 4/04/73:
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1. Time of Confusion
2. Instrumental (Unknown)
3. Tease > Stevie Talking
4. Higher Ground
5. Superwoman
6. To Know You Is to Love You
7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
8. Visions Tease > Stevie Talking > Visions
9. Visions Reprise
10. Sunshine Intro
11. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
12. Superstition
13. Lot of My Dreams

And last but not least, P-FUNK from the famous Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA:
P-Funk – Hampton, VA – 06/03/78
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1. Funkentelechy
2. MotherShip Connection
3. Cosmic Slop
4. Give Up The Funk
5. Maggot Brain
6. Bop Gun
7. Funk Gettin’ Ready To Roll
8. It Ain’t Illegal Yet
9. Flashlight

Make my funk the P-Funk
I want my funk uncut
Make my funk the P-Funk
I wants to get funked up
I want the bomb,
I want the P-Funk
I want my funk uncut
Make my funk the P-Funk
I wants to get funked up