1. IN TIME 6:41
2. IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR Groove Vibe Version 4:52
3. FUN 5:08
4. THE SAME THING 5:06
5. YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY 4:04
6. STAND! 4:48
7. THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO ME AFRICA 6:56
8. IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR Falu Mumbai Mix 5:00
9. THE SAME THING 67 Mulholland Drive Mix 4:53
10. DREAMS 5:42
Jason Miles keyboards and programming, organ, synthesizers, synth bass
DJ Logic turntables on 2 -4, 9, 10
Nona Hendryx lead vocals on 1, 4, 9
Falu lead vocals on 7, 8, 10
Roberta Flack lead vocals on 8
Maya Azucena vocals on 3, 5, 6; background vocals on 1
Amy Hanaialii vocals and vocal adlibs on 7
Malika Zarra World vocals on 1
James D Train Williams vocals on 2, 5
Butterscotch Beat Box on 1; scratching, vocals on 5
Porter Carrol vocals on 6
Nick Moroch guitar on 1, 10
Will Bernard guitar on 2, 6, 8, 9
Dean Brown guitar on 5, 7
Ingrid Jensen trumpet on 2, 5
Barry Danielian trumpet on 3, 7
Gottfried Stoger tenor sax on 1
Jeff Coffin all saxes, horn arrangement on 7
Ron Holloway tenor sax on 3
Jay Rodriguez tenor sax on 2, 5, 8, 9 baritone sax on 4, flute and bass clarinet on 10
Amanda Ruzza bass on 2, 6 - 9
Greg Errico drums on 1, 5, 6,
Mocean Worker (Adam Dorn) bass on 5, EFX and beats on 10
Adrian Harpham drums on 2, 8
Brian Dunne drums on 7, 9
Bashiri Johnson percussion on 7
Produced and arranged by Jason Miles.
Sly Stone got it right. In 1968, the Family Stone was a band with no boundaries. The music conveyed the message of the times. Whether it was “Dance to The Music” or “You Can Make It if You Try”, the message was there – in the music. Go beyond the message and these were some seriously funky cats!
In May 1968, I sat in the 2nd row of the mezzanine at the Fillmore East in New York, waiting to see Jimi Hendrix. Sly and the Family Stone were the opening act. Sly and the band came out – everybody dressed in white - and started to hit it hard from note one. They immediately won over 2500 new fans. I followed them for the next 5 years, bought their albums and played in several cover bands playing their music. And I have been listening to that music now for the past 40+ years.
Making an album of Sly's music had been on my mind for over a decade. I saw the opportunity to reintroduce this great music and re-imagine Sly's music for 21st century sensibilities. That it had stood the test of time was obvious.
And I had the band to do it. When Global Noize was conceived in 2008, I was aware we live in a world constantly connected to one another. Yet we remain unsettled. I hope the musical force behind GN might bridge this cultural dissonance. Sly’s vision was and is timeless, as it addressed these same cultural elements. It’s for "everyday people" after all….
Things change and we offer thanks to the great artists and mentors preceding us. Global Noize was ready to take on Sly's music, and we started our tmusical journey in our ever changing laboratory of great players and voices. Picking the material was not a real challenge, but once Roberta Flack agreed to sing “It's A Family Affair”, the rest all fell together without effort.
I approached a great drummer in New York, Steven Wolf, to play on the project and he turned me down. He said, "You have to get Greg Errico, the original Family Stone drummer, for the project. He sounds amazing.”
I found Greg, and we immediately had a great dialog happening. Greg graces us with his great groove and pocket, and he gives this project the authentic kick which puts Global Noize is on the right path. As I look at Global Noize in 2013, I’m still confident we got it right. Throw down the groove and use your musical imagination. You can make it if you try…
Thanks to Nona Hendryx and DJ Logic, Roberta of course, and to Falu, Jay Rodriguez and Amanda Ruzza for getting onto our journey. Thank you to all my old and new musical friends, for getting behind the message of this album and for supporting what Global Noize is... An inclusive musical group which has no creative boundaries and embraces what our world is about. With Sly Reimagined, we're hoping we can spread this funky, vibey message to the people who occupy this planet.....and beyond ! - Jason Miles
Time stayed steady on the mind of Sly Stone, the “Spaced Cowboy in Command”, one of the brightest lights of the late 60s/early 70s possessed in song. The questions were and remain “where are we going,” “how can we best facilitate the ride” and “where would we like to wind up” standing … together … in gratitude for the ability to be ourselves…in perpetuity!
CD cover of Global Noize's European release with Membran, Germany.
The world is so much smaller now, yet insidiously and pitifully divided in spite of every technological and communications advance we have made on the planet. From the senseless slaying of Trayvon Martin down south in the darkest backwards depths of Florida to the relentlessly raging war in Afghanistan, evil’s song remains the same. But as members of The Universal Family Stone, we wield shape-shifting songs of unity, peace and tolerance … songs blasted with an ancient future ring of Promised Land freedom that is vehemently keeping the torch alight and a dream alive.
The music of Sly Stone is bumpin’-n-barkin’-n-breathin’ … and in very good hands within the album at hand. Jason Miles and his pan-cultural crew of aural shamans simply celestially encapsulated the vibe and whisked it on a Global Carnival Ride - bowing to its essence…but for another space and Time.
- A. Scott Galloway
So why do we need to “Reimagine Sly”?He gave us baby boomers so many words to live by, “Stand and In The End, You Will Still Be You…”;“You Can Make It If You Try…”;“When I Party, I Party Hearty…”;“Same Thing That Makes You Laugh, That Makes You Cry…”;“Blood’s Thicker than the Mud, It’s a Family Affair…”
But this is a new century, and it’s a much more dangerous world that is sorely in need of the Sly groove. Who better to bring that groove to the world of today than the musical polyglot aggregation known as “Global Noise?” The message is in the music, and that message is one of a "Global Family Affair.” --Bob Davis - CEO, Soul-Patrol.com
Produced and arranged by Jason Miles. Associate producers: DJ Logic, Tim Ryan. Recorded at The Clubhouse, Orange County, NY, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, Shelter Island Sound, NYC, Kraked Studios, Paris, France, and many home studios across the globe! Engineered by Jason Miles, Steve Addabbo, Phil Badell, Jesse Nichols, Ted Pecchio, Loik Kraked, Brian Dunne, Dean Brown. Tracks 1 - 9 mixed by Jason Miles and Jimmy Bralower at The Club House , Orange County, NY, and at Dynotone Studio, Roslyn, NY. Track 10 mixed by Goh Hotoda at Goh and Nokko Studios, Tokyo, Japan. Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studios, NYC. Package Design by: Jack Frisch. Executive producer: Joachim "Jochen" Becker.