20 Best Reissues of 2014

The Beatles in mono, Led Zep's alternate takes, history's greatest bootleg and more of the year's best boxes rereleases and excavations

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Sly Stone, 'I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70'
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6. Sly Stone, 'I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70'

After Stand!, before his 1970s free fall, Sly Stone previewed the future of R&B — an eerie electro-hip-hop — in a brief run of funky, dynamic productions that barely saw the light of day. "You're the One," a near-hit single for Little Sister — a group that included Stone's younger sibling Vanetta Stewart — and Joe Hicks' "Home Sweet Home (Part 2)" sound more like exuberant afterburn from Stand! But Stone was already on the way to the bunker paranoia and hermetic electronics of 1971's There's a Riot Goin' On in a Little Sister remake of Stand!'s "Somebody's Watching You" and Stone's sinister proto-Kraftwerk demos of "Africa" and "Just Like a Baby." His heart of darkness is just around the corner.

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