The “Stand!” single was #22 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and #14 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. The b-side of the single was “I Want to Take You Higher,” which also became a hit. Three months after the Stand! album was released, Sly & the Family Stone cemented their place in rock and roll history with a legendary performance at Woodstock.
The original mix of “Stand!” garnered a warm, yet unenthusiastic, reaction when Sly Stone had an early acetate of the record played in a San Francisco club. As a result, Stone went back into the studio and had the song’s final section, a fevered gospel music-styled break, rerecorded. Most of the Family Stone was unavailable for the session, and Stone resorted to using mostly studio musicians for the rerecorded section.