Sly Stone and Calvin Johnson
On March 20, Epic/Legacy will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the release of the group's 1967 debut, A Whole New Thing, by reissuing it along with the rest of the band's seven pre-solo Sly or Family Stone "comeback" albums. All seven albums (chronologically: A Whole New Thing, Dance to the Music, Life, Stand!, There's a Riot Goin' On, Fresh, Small Talk) will come as limited edition digipaks with bonus tracks, plenty of which are previously unreleased. According to a press release, they will also feature "restored and expanded packaging, including rare photos, memorabilia, and new liner notes by a diverse group of writers and artists."
If, for some reason, you could care less about Sly Stone, read Matt's live review from a couple weeks back and you'll realize that the man is prolific--and a baby-maker.
IN OTHER NEWS: LA record store Ooga Booga has a batch of Calvin Johnson-created mixtapes for sale. Each tape covers a different type of music, with genres ranging from Soviet-era rock and pop to power pop from the '70s to Jamaican reggae b-sides. They're $10 each and probably will earn you all sorts of street cred.
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