By Adam Markovitz in Entertainment Weekly
he worst Spider-Man movie ever made isn't the new one swinging into theaters on May 2. The prize goes to 1977's The Amazing Spider-Man, a flick shot as a TV pilot that is so awful, even Stan Lee disowned it. So would we...
2. THE COSTUMES
3. THE VILLAIN
4. THE EFFECTS
5. THE ACTING
6. THE CLIMAX
A new definitive, four-disc anthology showcases a groove-obsessed innovator in all of his mad brilliance.
By Will Hermes in Rolling Stone
Sly and the Family Stone
fusionist from the get-go, with an outsize, mixed-race-and-gender band, Sly Stone was less interested in genre-blurring than in the hot glory of multiple styles played simultaneously. Check his 1964 solo jam "Scat Swim," a surf-pop instrumental with raw blues licks and jazzbo vocalese. It's a highlight of the new four-CD box Higher!, the richest overview yet of maybe the most visionary funk operation in pop history. Though Sly could write and play almost anything, Higher! shows how crucial his band was: the firecracker soul-shouting of sister Rose Stewart, the radical percussive technique of bassist Larry Graham (developed playing sans drummer with his mom), the sweet tenor of brother Freddie. When these voices fused -- "Everyday People," the wild soul-rock outtake "Pressure" -- it was as good as music gets. And though drugs and other problems would sideline Sly, his influence remained: in Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis, P-Funk and Prince, generations of rappers and dance-rock bands. Even today, the Family tradition thrives.
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