DYNAMITE! (SINGLE VERSION) by Sly and the Family Stone.
Last Thursday was a big, big day. Not because it was our anniversary (though it was, and that's important too, but for the other website, not this one), but because of the present from Amy I got for it: the long, long, long awaited Sly and the Family Stone box set. It's no exaggeration to say I've been waiting since the spring of 1994 for this, when I first got a copy of the truly awful CD release of "There's a Riot Goin' On." I remember one time going up to some awful bar/restaurant in the same venue that held The Record Plant and staring at the cover of "Riot" because it had the correct one, not the generic yellow-framed concert shot that passed for the CD release. I remember buying a copy of the UK-release in Heathrow airport in 2000 on the way back from India because I thought maybe it had been remastered. It hadn't been (but at least it had the right photo!)
So it's finally here, and it's super. The box set also includes the album "Life," which I had never seen before. And I think I had heard Dynamite! before, but I can't be sure. It's definitely worth hearing again. It's scorching. I don't think there's a more guitar-heavy song in the Sly catalogue. Happy days!
Photo: A Crane on Charlton Street.