Stand! is a 1969 album by soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone. Written and produced by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, Stand! is considered an artistic high-point of the band’s career. Released on May 3 by Epic Records, just before the group’s celebrated performance at the Woodstock festival, it was the band’s fourth album, and most commercially successful to date. It includes several well-known songs, among them hit singles, such as “Sing a Simple Song”, “I Want to Take You Higher”, “Stand!”, and “Everyday People”. It was published in US as an LP record with gatefold cover, and was reissued in 1990 on vinyl and CD and in 2007 as a remastered numbered edition digipack CD with bonus tracks and, in the UK, only as a CD with bonus tracks.
500,000 copies of the album were sold in the year of its release: it was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 4, 1969, went on to sell over three million copies and became one of the most successful albums of the 1960s. By 1986 it had sold well over 1 million copies and was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA on November 26 of that same year. In 2003 the album was ranked number 118 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2015, the album was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry.