Different Strokes by Different Folks

Different Strokes by Different Folks


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Different Strokes by Different Folks is a tribute album to Sly & the Family Stone, but it has strong elements of a remix album, as well. All 14 tracks here -- 12 tracks comprise the album proper, with two bonus tracks -- find the featured artists (sometimes duets or groups of artists) using the original Sly & the Family Stone recording as a basis for a new version, which is a blend of samples, drum loops, newly overdubbed instruments, and vocals. Often, these involve new, freestyle raps, but sometimes -- as when Maroon 5 or Buddy Guy and John Mayer team up -- it's just a newly sung song, albeit one sung over samples. There's an impressive, rather diverse roster here -- everybody from Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Moby to Chuck D, OutKast's Big Boi, D'Angelo, Isaac Hayes, Joss Stone, and Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am are here -- yet the sound of Different Strokes by Different Folks is rather consistent, due as much to the through-line of Sly Stone's original material as it is to the shared aesthetic of all the artists. This keeps things groove-oriented -- thanks to the predominant loops and drum machines, it's never as loose and funky as the original recordings, but its beats are infectious, and even if some of the added flair of the performances is a little labored or silly (most notably will.i.am on "Dance to the Music," which unfortunately kicks off the album, and Tyler's jive on "I Want to Take You Higher"), Stone's songs are so strong they shine through any missteps or cluttered production. This may not be a knock-out, but Different Strokes does serve as a potent reminder of just how vital Sly & the Family Stone's best music could be.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0827969499627
catalogNumber: 6949962
Rank: 82950

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Guitar,Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Clavinet,Mini Moog
Larry Graham   Bass,Vocals
Rusty Allen   Bass
Greg Errico   Drums
Babi Floyd   Drums,Background Vocals
Isaac Hayes   Vocals
Debra Killings   Bass
Jerry Martini   Saxophone
Andy Newmark   Drums
Pat Rizzo   Saxophone
Cynthia Robinson   Trumpet,Vocals
T.M. Stevens   Background Vocals
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Organ,Vocals
Freddie Stone   Guitar,Vocals
Rose Stone   Clarinet,Keyboards,Vocals
Steven Tyler   Harp,Vocals
Adam Levine   Guitar,Vocals
Randy Jackson   Organ,Bass
Brian Warfield   Horn
Jerry Freeman   Horn
David Whild   Guitar
Lenesha Randolph   Background Vocals
Steve Jordan   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
Van Hunt   Background Vocals
Nikka Costa   Background Vocals
Vernon R. Heard   Bass
Jesse Carmichael   Keyboards
Mickey Madden   Bass
Ryan Dusick   Drums
Joss Stone   Vocals
John Legend   Keyboards,Vocals
Corey Hogan   Horn
Devin Lima   Vocals
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon   Guitar
Ishmael Ferguson   Drums
Daniel Crawford   Keyboards
Kevin Kendrick   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Moby   Producer,Remixing
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Niko Bolas   Engineer,Remixing
Jerry Goldstein   Executive Producer
Richard Hilton   Engineer
Don Smith   Engineer
S. Stewart   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Pat Thrall   Remixing
B.J. Scott   Composer
Richard Nichols   Executive Producer
A.P. Thompson   Composer
Randy Jackson   Producer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Kenny Komisar   Executive Producer
Leonard Hubbard   Composer
Steve Jordan   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
William A. Welch   Liner Notes
Glenn Stone   Executive Producer
Mathieu Lejeune   Engineer
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
K. Gray   Composer
John Hanes   Engineer
R. Wilson   Composer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Gary Fly   Engineer
DJ Swiff   Producer
Drop Squad   Producer
Ishmael Ferguson   Engineer

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