|"I Want to Take You Higher"|
|Single by Sly and the Family Stone|
|from the album Stand!|
|Genre||Psychedelic soul, funk|
2:55 (single version)
|Label|| Epic |
|Sly and the Family Stone singles chronology|
|"I Want to Take You Higher"|
|Single by Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes|
|from the album Come Together|
|Genre||Soul, funk rock|
|Ike & Tina Turner singles chronology|
|The Ikettes singles chronology|
"I Want to Take You Higher" is a song by the soul/rock/funk band Sly and the Family Stone,the B-side to their Top 30 hit "Stand!". Unlike most of the other tracks on the Stand! album,"I Want to Take You Higher" is not a message song;instead,it is simply dedicated to music and the feeling one gets from music. Like nearly all of Sly &the Family Stone's songs,Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart was credited as the sole songwriter.
"I Want to Take You Higher" opens with a bluesy guitar riff played by Freddie Stone. The song,one of the most upbeat recordings in the Family Stone canon,is a remake of sorts of "Higher",a song from the band's 1968 Dance to the Music LP. "Higher" itself has its origins in "Advice",a song Sly Stone co-wrote and arranged for Billy Preston's album The Wildest Organ In Town in 1966.
"Higher" made the setlist for the band's performance at Woodstock alongside "Dance to the Music" and "Music Lover";Sly Stone used the song during a memorable interlude,during which he had the Woodstock crowd repeating,at three in the morning,the song's frantic cry of "higher!"
Even though it was a B-side,"I Want to Take You Higher" became a Top 40 hit (No. 38) of its own in 1970. That same year,Ike &Tina Turner released a cover of the song that became a hit as well,peaking above the original Family Stone recording on the Billboard Hot 100 (at No. 34),and one position below the original on the R&B singles chart.
Sly &the Family Stone performed a medley of "Dance to the Music" and "I Want to Take You Higher" on Soul Train on June 29,1974.
The song was featured prominently in the classic Canadian children's show Hilarious House of Frightenstein . It was the theme song for the Wolfman character.
From May 10,1997 through February 28,1998,the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presented their first temporary exhibit entitled I Want to Take You Higher:The Psychedelic Era 1965-1969,timed to correspond with the 30th anniversary of the Summer of Love. It opened with a day-long outdoor festival MC'd by Chet Helms that drew thousands to the Museum’s plaza,featuring Big Brother and the Holding Company,Country Joe McDonald,and Donovan,with guests Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters (complete with the Further Bus). It accompanied the publishing of a book of the same name in 1997 (Chronicle Books) documenting the exhibit and the period. The last day featured an appearance by sixties icons Wavy Gravy and Paul Krassner,provided by the Cleveland-based group ACE.
In March 2005,Q magazine placed "I Want to Take You Higher" at No. 84 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
In 2008,Backbeat Books published the biography I Want to Take You Higher:The Life and Times of Sly &the Family Stone,by Jeff Kaliss,featuring a foreword by and the first interview in twenty-one years with Sly Stone.
|Chart (1969–1970)||Peak |
|Canada (RPM 100)||24|
|US Billboard Hot 100||38|
|US Billboard R&B||24|
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