One of the saddest stories in all of contemporary music is how under-appreciated this band is!! This group was IMHO one of the most ground-breaking, electrifying groups ever assembled!! Just the fact that they were a sexually and racially integrated band at a time where you really never saw that is extraordinary in itself!! And as far as the music—this band laid the blueprint for so many musical trends that followed—any funk/soul band of the 70’s owes a debt to Sly and even artists like Prince all the way up to present day rap/hip-hop performers have taken a page from Sly’s playbook.
I’d be willing to bet 95-plus percent of people under 35 have no clue about this band–and that is tragic!! They were extraordinarily talented and Sly was a creative visionary. I was a bit too young to have seen them live in their prime but everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY that I’ve ever talked to that personally saw them live rated it as one of the very best, if not THE best show they ever saw–they were that great!!