Psychedelic soul-funk band Sly & The Family Stone hit the big time in the late ’60s with their energetic, funky live performances. Just one month after their third album, Life, was released, the band rocked the stage of the highly acclaimed Fillmore East in New York City for two days, playing four total concerts. Epic Records, the group’s label, recorded each of these shows with the hope of releasing an album shortly after consisting of these live performances, but the Fillmore East shows were followed by Sly & The Family Stone’s career skyrocketing and thus the recordings were put on the backburner to make room for other projects, like several single releases and a new album.
Luckily for fans, the recordings were not in vain. Nearly 50 years after their legendary two-day performances, Sly & The Family Stone are releasing on July 17th a special 4-disc set, Live At The Fillmore East: October 4th & 5th 1968, of previously unreleased material from live shows played at one of New York City’s most legendary venues during the rise of the band’s notable career.