Sly and the Family Stone: 20 Essential Songs

The best from the generation-defining funk-soul-rock legends

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"I Want to Take You Higher" (1969)

It's only fitting that this song – now considered one of Woodstock's most legendary performances – took form at another seminal Family Stone concert: the 1968 Fillmore East show. The original "Higher," a jerky album cut off Dance to the Music, was part of their set and during the performance, the group began to improvise with it, adding the crucial line, "I wanna take you higher." By Stand!, the song had evolved into a lumbering, aggressive tune that promised to drag you to a higher plane whether you were ready to tag along or not.

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