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Exclusive Gallery: Rare Photos from Sly & The Family Stone's New Career-Spanning Box Set, 'Higher!'

On August 27, Sony Legacy will release Higher! — the first-ever career-spanning box set from Sly & The Family Stone.

To celebrate the release, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive photo gallery below. It features several rare photos of Sly with various guitars, including Fenders and Gibsons. There's even a vintage Ibanez ad for you to check out.

Higher! is a 77-track, 8LP box set that showcases Sly & The Family Stone's hits in stereo and mono. Also included are gems from Sly Stewarts' pre-Family Stone period, studio outtakes and instrumentals. The box set features 17 previously unreleased tracks in all.

The music is accompanied by a colorful and detailed 104-page, 12-inch book of rare photos, posters, picture sleeves, recording documents, vintage ads and other memorabilia, along with liner notes by Jeff Kaliss (author of Sly's only authorized biography), track-by-track annotations and a detailed timeline of Sly & The Family Stone's career.

For more about Higher!, and to order, head here.

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Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.