Sly Stone at the 2006 Grammys/ Associated Press photo

 

Sly Stone, one of the biggest recluses in the music business, is set to release his first album in 29 years.

"I’m Back! Family & Friends" is due Aug. 16, with Sly, 68, redoing some of his hits, including "Everyday People" and "Family Affair," with the help of Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Bootsy Collins, the Doors’ Ray Manzarek and others.

The 11-song album will feature three previously unreleased tracks, including the traditional tune "His Eye Is on the Sparrow." Cleopatra Records, a longtime Los Angeles indie label, is releasing "I’m Back."

Sly’s last studio album was "Ain’t But the One" in 1982.

In 2006, Sly appeared during a Grammys tribute to him, giving his first performance since 1987. Since then, he performed sporadically with the Family Stone in 2007 but cancelled a First Avenue appearance in 2008.

 

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