There's A Riot Goin' On

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Album Name Length Format Sample Rate Price
There's A Riot Goin' On 47:31 $17.98
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# Track Title Length Format Sample Rate Price
1 Luv N' Haight 4:01 88/24 Album only
2 Just Like a Baby 5:12 88/24 Album only
3 Poet 3:01 88/24 Album only
4 Family Affair 3:06 88/24 Album only
5 Africa Talks to You ("The Asphalt Jungle") 8:45 88/24 Album only
6 There's a Riot Goin' On 0:00 88/24 Album only
7 Brave & Strong 3:28 88/24 Album only
8 (You Caught Me) Smilin' 2:53 88/24 Album only
9 Time 3:03 88/24 Album only
10 Spaced Cowboy 3:57 88/24 Album only
11 Runnin' Away 2:51 88/24 Album only
12 Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa 7:14 88/24 Album only

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℗ Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
© 2013 Sony Music Entertainment


Chart History/Awards
- #1 on the US Billboard Pop Albums and Top Soul Albums charts in 1971-1972.
- "Family Affair" peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Pop Singles chart, #3 on the US Billboard R&B Singles chart, and #14 on the UK Singles Chart
- "Runnin' Away" peaked at #23 on the US Billboard Pop Singles chart, #15 on the US Billboard R&B Singles chart, and #17 on the UK Singles Chart.
- Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.


Please note: track 6 consists of only "intentional" silence.

There's a Riot Goin' On is Sly & The Family Stone's fifth studio album, released on November 20, 1971. It was recorded primarily in 1970 and 1971 at Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California. Unlike their previous albums, There's a Riot Goin' On is more funk oriented and had a darker mood. The title was given to the record as a response to Marvin Gaye's album What's Going On, which was released five months previous.

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums and Soul Albums charts immediately upon its release, and the album's single "Family Affair" shot to the top of the Pop Singles chart. There's a Riot Goin' On was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1972, and went on to ship 1 million copies.

There's a Riot Goin' On has been declared by critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums ever recorded, predating sounds found in future groundbreaking albums such as Exile on Main St. and Velvet Underground and Nico. It was a complete change in directino from the high-energy pop-funk singles that were found on earlier records like Stand!. It has been considered to be one of the first instances of the type of funk music later popularized by George Clinton/Funkadelic and the Ohio Players. The records that followed There's a Riot Goin' On are considered to be some of the first and best examples of mature funk music, and the album has inspired musicians from a multitude of backgrounds since its initial release.