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Sly & the Family Stone — I Want to Take You Higher
Album: Stand!
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Released: 1969
Length: 5:20
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Feeling's gettin' stronger
Music's gettin' longer too
Music is flashin' me
I want to, I want to, I want to take you higher
I want to take you higher
Baby, baby, baby light my fire
I wanna take you higher

Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka boom

Feeling's nitty-gritty
Sound is in the city too
Music's still flashin' me
Don't ya, don't ya, don't don't don't ya want to get higher
Baby baby baby light my fire
I wanna take you higher

Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka
Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka
Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka

Higher
Higher
Higher

Feeling that should make you move
Sounds that should help you groove
Music still flashin' me
Take your places
I want to take you higher
I want to take you higher
Baby baby baby light my fire
I wanna take you higher

Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka
Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka
Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka

Higher
Higher
Higher

Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka
Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka
Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka

Higher
Higher
Higher

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 andy.ormsby955 wrote:

Any song with "Boom laka-laka-laka" in it passes muster with me.


Followed closely by "Shama Lama Ding Dong"!   ; )
Bring back the 60s!
We need a Repeat Button for this!
In the summer of 1969, I was 14yrs old. I used to surf on the north side of the Casino Amusement Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ, because that is the side where the waves were. That spot later became iconic after Hurricane Sandy, because the roller coaster wound up in the ocean in that exact spot. In 1969, there was a ride called "The Himalaya" above that spot & it had a very loud sound system. The operator used to play the "Stand" album on a regular basis, mostly "I Want To Take You Higher" & " Sing A Simple Song"! Those 2 songs were my soundtrack for the summer of '69! Great memories! He also played Buffalo Springfield & The Doors, but a LOT of Sly!
Released in1969 on the "Stand " album!
The beat and rhythm of this track is off the f'ing charts. 
 garrettb wrote:

so-effing-amazing-!!!



well...youre only saying that, cause its true
so-effing-amazing-!!!
Great segue, Bill, from Minnie the Moocher to this!
I want to take you higher
Baby baby baby light my fire
Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka

Not much effort in the lyrics department, huh.
If you dig Sly, see Summer of Soul! Great Sly in that, and some Stevie, BB, Nina and a whole buncha other folks gettin down
Wherever you are man, God Bless...
 Pedro1874 wrote:
First saw this in the Woodstock movie when it was first released in Vancouver in 1970.  The place went mad when this started!  One of the funkiest pieces of music ever made - "Dance to the Music"! - Thanks Sly {#Sunny}{#Notworthy}


Be sure to see Summer of Soul then, if you haven't already!
 unclehud wrote:

LOVE how the bass is all fuzzed up! 

The master Larry Graham 
impossible not to play this song at maximum. 
Where's the "repeat" button?
it dat bass

and them horrns

and that harp

and the vocals
 Proclivities wrote:

Hmm, I know these guys were often complimented for being "ahead of their time", but I don't think even they had cell phones in 1969.




No, that's me vibrating... loud enough for you to hear it way over there.
BTW, if you don't retain any of their albums, this is one bitchin' Greatest Hits collection.
I just can't forget his Woodstock movie appearance.  Course, I can't remember what I had for breakfast, but that's another song and verse.
Any song with "Boom laka-laka-laka" in it passes muster with me.
9 to 10 today! I've taken it higher!
 dauerweck wrote:
Remembering Raymond and playing this extremely loud circa 1978. Wow bongs and Sly.


Both still have relevance
 unclehud wrote:
LOVE how the bass is all fuzzed up!  And that trumpet player is ripping it!

"BOOM-shacka-lacka ..."

"Cynthia on the throne" (from Dance to the Music )

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
 

Remembering Raymond and playing this extremely loud circa 1978. Wow bongs and Sly.
 unclehud wrote:
LOVE how the bass is all fuzzed up!  And that trumpet player is ripping it!

"BOOM-shacka-lacka ..."
 Didn't need to get high to appreciate Sly and the Family Stone - amazing stuff then and still gets us moving now...speaking of which, time to get off my arse!

1969, that was a pretty good year. Best music.
 rev_cletus wrote:
Helped define "funk" for my thirteen-year-old self - and I STILL bop to that stuff at sixty-two! YOWZA!
 Me too, an "old rocker from way back" born '46 and still rockin'  Love it!  


Worst concert I ever saw.  1 1/2 hours late.  Sly was drunk.  

Oh well....
Hilarious House of Frightenstein anyone?  This tune was used as the intro to the Wolfman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoIN0XlALDA
Helped define "funk" for my thirteen-year-old self - and I STILL bop to that stuff at sixty-two! YOWZA!
 Alastair wrote:
Is it me or has someone got their phone on vibrate through that whole song?
 

Thanks, now that is all I hear!
 unclehud wrote:
LOVE how the bass is all fuzzed up!  And that trumpet player is ripping it! . . .
 
"All fuzzed up"?

Enough with the technical jargon, unclehud!
Try and use terminology that we laymen can understand!  ; )
 the_jake wrote:
It was quite a number of years before cell phones.
It is a note being played by either the bass player or the bass petals of the keyboard player.
 

This got me moving today, bumping  HIGHER  from 8 to 9
This always reminds me of The Wolfman on Hilarious House of Frightenstein 
LOVE how the bass is all fuzzed up!  And that trumpet player is ripping it!

"BOOM-shacka-lacka ..."
 Alastair wrote:
Is it me or has someone got their phone on vibrate through that whole song?
 
I don't hear it all thru the song, but near the end when the fade out begins I can hear it.
Please play "If You Want Me To Stay" for some great Sly tune-age.
The Was Not Was effort titled Born to Laugh at Tornadoes is superb and features Mitch Ryder, Ozzie, Doug Feiger (theKnack) and Mel Torme in lead vocal roles...Madonna was also doing uncredited back-up vocals...
 Proclivities wrote:

Hmm, I know these guys were often complimented for being "ahead of their time", but I don't think even they had cell phones in 1969.

 
That sir, is why I'm going 8 to 9 on this funky Sly tune....this tune is jam packed with funkiness and I approve (and I approve of your smartass remark to Alastair too) - Long Live RP!!

I'm also hearing some clear influences from this song on a lot of what Outkast (yes, the rap duo) with the backing vocals of "boomshakalakaboomshakalakaboom"  
My eardrums now need silence for a couple of minutes.
Brian Auger.....already heard???
 Alastair wrote:
Is it me or has someone got their phone on vibrate through that whole song?
 
Hmm, I know these guys were often complimented for being "ahead of their time", but I don't think even they had cell phones in 1969.

Is it me or has someone got their phone on vibrate through that whole song?
This has got to be the fuzziest fuzz bass in the world. I can dig it!
 joetekubi wrote:
The greatest funk/rock fusion.  Likely to never be equaled.

 
Amen to that. 
 Steely_D wrote:
Came to see if it was a remake. Feels slower.

 
This is the definitive version in my mind, but the wikipedia article has a list of covers and I'm sure there are a couple live recordings too.
First album I ever bought sometime in 69-70? ... on cassette with my jammin' GE AM/FM/cassette unit that was purchased with my paper route savings...so I'll never tire of Sly
 bluematrix wrote:

Ha! Big fan of Was Not Was too! Bill should definitely play some of their stuff, tunes like Maria Navarro or I Blew Up the United States, would be awesome to hear on RP.

But Sly is still certainly ok with me too tho :)

 
Are you listening Bill?? How did Was Not Was get by your nose for the good stuff——Let's play some—-we will all be better for it.
Nothing from Sly's 'Fresh' album on the playlist, I think it was his masterpiece
.
i see that there is one song from 'Fresh'  that comes from an anthology
Came to see if it was a remake. Feels slower.
 bluematrix wrote:

Ha! Big fan of Was Not Was too! Bill should definitely play some of their stuff, tunes like Maria Navarro or I Blew Up the United States, would be awesome to hear on RP.

 
luv Maria Navarro, also Papa Was A Rollibng Stone was better than the Temps
 mrselfdestruct wrote:

Was thinking the same thing!

 
Me too! Too funny :)
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Sorry, but I lived through this. Today it sounds old and tired. Not denying its impact though.

When I want "boom-acka-lacka" I fire up Was (Not Was).
 
Ha! Big fan of Was Not Was too! Bill should definitely play some of their stuff, tunes like Maria Navarro or I Blew Up the United States, would be awesome to hear on RP.

But Sly is still certainly ok with me too tho :)
The greatest funk/rock fusion.  Likely to never be equaled.
Yikes, that's woken me up....
 Pedro1874 wrote:
First saw this in the Woodstock movie when it was first released in Vancouver in 1970.  The place went mad when this started!  One of the funkiest pieces of music ever made - "Dance to the Music"! - Thanks Sly {#Sunny}{#Notworthy}

 
{#Notworthy}{#Yes}
 d48m02h wrote:
The blueprint for funk to mankind.....! {#Good-vibes}

 
Oh yesssssssssss 😄
 Derecho wrote:

Anyone else think that bass was their phone ringing on Vibrate?

 
Was thinking the same thing!
Sorry, but I lived through this. Today it sounds old and tired. Not denying its impact though.

When I want "boom-acka-lacka" I fire up Was (Not Was).
  d48m02h1918 wrote:
Why does it always seem like the music this man helped to create is so under-appreciated?

I know Sly has issues, but what sounds he (and The Family Stone) created back in the day......{#Clap} 

 Johnny-smooth wrote:

What I can't get over is how music like this just doesn't show up anywhere (commercial stations) and it is so good, so pivotal to the development of the music we hear today

 
Right On!

Love the sound of Sly and the Family Stone 
Great song - unless your're acrophobic.
NothingMouthing like a good Boom shugalka

Anyone else think that bass was their phone ringing on Vibrate?
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Bootsy Collins'  FB said Sly was doing OK- he's living in a van out in front of some people's house in Crenshaw. They watch over him. Almost 70, he's apparently pretty severely mentally ill, hears voices, etc. but isn't in any real danger. Too bad- he RULED the EARTH in the early 70's. I saw Sly in Madison Square Garden around '72— it was a friggin' AMAZING show.

 
Even in the 70s he was struggling. I bought tickets to 2 shows at the Garden, and he turned up for one of them.
Got up and did the shin-a- ling to this at 0430 at work
Boom, boom , boom, boom
RP is desperately boom-acka-acka-lacking more funk!
 d48m02h wrote:
The blueprint for funk to mankind.....! {#Good-vibes}

 
{#Yes}
"I want to take you higher
Baby, light my fire
Boom laka-laka-laka"

I guess the lyrics were just a way to give the vocalists something to do.


Next 10 - go Bill, go!

Now I know where WAS (Not Was) stole this

"boom-akalaka-boom" from.
Thank you Sly! His music means so much to me, it's showed me the way!  Got me shakin' and boppin' right from the start  Joy
Dancing in my chair!!
The blueprint for funk to mankind.....! {#Good-vibes}
Fantastic
Hell yes you may, Sly!
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
Why does it always seem like the music this man helped to create is so under-appreciated?

I know Sly has issues, but what sounds he (and The Family Stone) created back in the day......{#Clap} 

 
What I can't get over is how music like this just doesn't show up anywhere (commercial stations) and it is so good, so pivotal to the development of the music we hear today
 MinMan wrote:
Ben Harper wanna be ;-)

 

LOL   Maybe the other way around. 
When I hear this song I am reminded of the movie Stripes.
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano} ..... yeah I'm dancing 
we needs da funk...{#Bananasplit}
{#Dancingbanana}


Yeah! Makes me move! 
 diannemck56 wrote:
So glad I have a riser desk so I can dance while I'm working!! {#Dancingbanana}{#Sunny}

 

I'm wiggling in my chair with people yacking nearby-so I can't sing along!!
Love the song.
Love the cover.
Love the memories. 
It's a noisy mess. :) - but it's an ok noisy mess. 
Trying to write a CV and my dancing feet arent helping!! please dont stop tho!
So glad I have a riser desk so I can dance while I'm working!! {#Dancingbanana}{#Sunny}
First saw this in the Woodstock movie when it was first released in Vancouver in 1970.  The place went mad when this started!  One of the funkiest pieces of music ever made - "Dance to the Music"! - Thanks Sly {#Sunny}{#Notworthy}
Bootsy Collins'  FB said Sly was doing OK- he's living in a van out in front of some people's house in Crenshaw. They watch over him. Almost 70, he's apparently pretty severely mentally ill, hears voices, etc. but isn't in any real danger. Too bad- he RULED the EARTH in the early 70's. I saw Sly in Madison Square Garden around '72— it was a friggin' AMAZING show.
Ben Harper wanna be ;-)
Do I hear a fog horn in the background?
What is that? 
 tompoll wrote:

I remember one day when I was a little kid and my Dad took me to one of the museums in downtown Chicago. Driving back home we got stuck in what was a bit of a riot near Grant Park. Apparently Sly & Co. were to appear at the Bandshell, and after many hours of delay, it was announced that they would be no-shows. There were people everywhere, climbing over our car, banging on the windows, etc. It was pretty terrifying and has stuck in my memory.
 
Back in the day - working stage crew. Sly had all kinds of demands on the show setup, food, etc. They were late and played - maybe - 40 minutes. Too bad - it was good music.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Still waiting for the Kenny G. cover.
 
{#Stop} {#No}{#Arghhh}{#Skull}
May you wait until the sun goes dark. 
Still waiting for the Kenny G. cover.
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
definitely not enough funk on this station..
 
I think that's true.   {#Dancingbanana}
 bill-1956 wrote:
White, pudgy, middle age (56) civil engineer - dancing on his desk.

Well, maybe not on the desk - but rocking out in his chair with the volume turned up as far as he dare.

:-)
 
Headphones my man, Headphones!  {#Music}
Oh that's me also  Sept 1956 - Rocking and all
A major talent lost to coke.
definitely not enough funk on this station..
White, pudgy, middle age (56) civil engineer - dancing on his desk.

Well, maybe not on the desk - but rocking out in his chair with the volume turned up as far as he dare.

:-)
Why does it always seem like the music this man helped to create is so under-appreciated?

I know Sly has issues, but what sounds he (and The Family Stone) created back in the day......{#Clap} 
Funk Yeah!
 Stingray wrote:
NO WAY!!!!

Just gave it a "9"
 
Yes indeed...
Super cherish this stompin workout!!!

Sly Superior 
 FrankMc wrote:
I guess I had heard Higher on the radio, but seeing the Sly set in the Woodstock movie made that song live. What a performance. Right up there with Soul Sacrifice by Santana and I'm Going Home by Ten Years After for performances that defined the movie.
 
Plus "we're not gonna take it" by The Who.  Townsend is in another world at the end refrain.
boom laka laka laka boom laka laka laka 
14 - 15 yrs old when this came out....still it ROCKS!
 shakitten wrote:
THIS-SONG-KICKS-ASS!!!!!
 
totally... 
...And everybody CHAIRDANCE!
THIS-SONG-KICKS-ASS!!!!!
One of my top 10 favorite songs of all time. An explosion of fun and funkyness.
 joe-1 wrote:
OH MY Goodness: the fantastic bass sound, the mix of pure - raw - tribal - energy with the funk sounds and classic copper instruments!
Oh, why of why don't they make music like this anymore these days!
 
It's not quite the same, but check out Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

 Tamster wrote:
Boom shaka-laka-laka Boom shaka-laka-laka
 
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
Boom shaka-laka-laka Boom shaka-laka-laka
 Lrobby99 wrote:
Has aged well.
 
Yes, this is still awesome.

funKAY!!  love it
Has aged well.
simply wonderful ....
OH MY Goodness: the fantastic bass sound, the mix of pure - raw - tribal - energy with the funk sounds and classic copper instruments!
Oh, why of why don't they make music like this anymore these days!
I always wondered where the "Boom Shaka Laka Laka Laka" came from in Stripes.  Now I know.
I never tire of this song...   it's on the Pod and every time it plays I find myself dancing in my car....    dangerous but fun

Rock On!
{#Dancingbanana_2}