Everybody needs their slacks. Lyndon Johnson was never one to mince words, either. He probably didn’t pay a dime for the Haggar slacks he ordered in this telephone conversation.

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Arthur Lee, the leader of the Los Angeles-based Love, got incredibly screwed over in life.

After introducing his friends The Doors to Jac Holzman, head of Elektra Records (who wasn’t so impressed with the bass guitar-less quartet), he saw the label spend a fortune on advertising them. Love put out the greatest album of ’67, only to see the label sit on its hands and do nothing to promote it.

Love imploded, Lee set about reforming it only to have the reformed group implode. His solo career stalled. He was eventually sent to jail for a relatively minor infraction. When I think of all of the idiotic celebrities who do so much more harm and escape unscathed it angers me. Why couldn’t Arthur have won? If he had been more famous, he wouldn’t have gone to jail. I’m sure of that.

Of course, he got out, started touring and getting back to music. Only to come down with leukemia. And he died in spite of the best efforts to save his life.

When you know as much about music as I do, you know when to spot a good deal. And the seven-disc issue of The Collection by Sly and the Family Stone is such a deal. Collecting the group’s seven albums for Epic (all rife with bonus tracks) in one tidy box, it provides the listener with a collection of all but three* of the 111 commercially available tracks that the group released between 1967 and 1974. It’s essential listening for any fan of great music. But hurry, it’s limited edition!

*=The group’s non-album tracks “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, “Thank You (Fallentinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” and “Everybody Is A Star” are missing. These were supposed to be the cornerstones for a 1970 album by the group but due to Sly Stone’s increasingly erratic nature, the album never materialized. Epic released those three songs on Greatest Hits instead. Sly and the group eventually emerged with There’s A Riot Goin’ On one year later.

Here’s the group doing a medley for television in 1969. It’s great!