This is one of the greatest bands of all time. Everything about them, absolutely everything, was top of the line. They are perhaps the tightest group I've ever listened to. Their combination of soul music and psychedelic sounds was absolutely groundbreaking. No band was or ever have been like them.
Greg Errico is, perhaps, the tightest drummer I've ever listened to. His beats with the group were so tight and well defined. He's one of my biggest influences as a drummer.
Then there's Larry Graham. This guy is a fucking monster. "Thumpin' and Pluckin'" is his invention, though it's commonly known as slap bass. The guy held down some of the finest and tightest bass lines ever. Listen to "Thank You (Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" to hear funk at it's best.
Freddie Stone fucking rocks as the guitar player. He's good enough and prevalent enough to be a notable guitar player, but he spends most of his time in the back, adding wonderful support to the rest of the song. His playing seldom overpowered the rhythm, more often helping the songs move most powerfully.
Then there are the vocals. Every time a member of the band opens his/her mouth, Robert Plant would cry if he had a soul. The way they trade off vocals is so powerful. Hearing Freddie go high, followed by Graham's bass voice build up to match it, followed by a wonderfully soulful female voice, it just AMAZING. Everybody's voice in the band is far above 90% of the musical world's. Sly's voice is just POWERFUL, not to mention his bitchin' organ.
The way the horns cut into the song give the rhythm even more dimension and melody. Everything about this band is untouchable.
I Want to Take You Higher is easily one of my top 5 songs of all time.
Everybody knows how great Thank You is.
Listen to how well they can build a song.
Don't hate the black, don't hate the white. If you get bit, just hate the bite.