Higher!, a four-disc compilation celebrating the influential and successful career of Sly and the Family Stone, hit stores on Tuesday. The expansive collection boasts rare mono masters of many of the pioneering funk group's singles, early solo recordings by frontman Sly Stone, select album tracks, B sides, demos, alternate takes, unreleased cuts and live performances.
While a reunion the group's founding members would be an exciting way to commemorate the release, original Family Stone drummer Greg Errico says such an event is more than a little unlikely.
"You know, it's a toughie," Errico tells Goldmine magazine. "I can say that everyone is alive and could perform, so I guess the possibility exists. I say it would have to take something short of a miracle."
For several years, Errico has played in an incarnation of the group called, simply, The Family Stone that also features founding trumpet player Cynthia Robinson and saxophonist Jerry Martini. A few years back, the band also was joined by Sly Stone at several shows, but those gigs were marred by the singer's erratic behavior.
"We tried the Coachella festival [in 2010]," recalls Errico, "but it wasn't a good experience."
He adds that a promoter has offered "millions of dollars" to get the original group back together for a one-off concert in Japan. Errico notes that if such a show ever came to fruition "there would be all kinds of yin and yang pulling this way and that way," but he certainly would be interested in participating.
According to The Family Stone's official website, the group currently has one confirmed public concert on its upcoming schedule, a performance this Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
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