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 Post subject: The Parliament-Funkadelic discography thread
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:35 pm 

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Pre-funk > G-funk Part 1

Disclaimer: Parliament-Funkadelic is my third favorite band of all-time.

1959 APT 25036 The Parliaments - Poor Willie b/w Party Boys
1960 Flipp 100 The Parliaments - Lonely Island b/w (You Make Me Wanna) Cry

George Clinton was born in North Carolina in 1941. His family soon moved to Plainfield, NJ. He formed his doo-wop singing group, the Parliaments, in 1955.

They went through various line-up changes, but consisted of Clinton, Charles Davis, Robert Lambert, Danny Mitchell, and Grady Thomas when they recorded their first single in 1958 - Poor Willie b/w Party Boys. Released in 1959 on APT records, it failed to make an impact.

Poor Willie

Party Boys

Poor Willie and Party Boys are good if average doo-wop tunes. Willie is uptempo and humorous with a reference to Bobby Freeman's Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes.

A new line-up of Clinton, Thomas, Davis, Calvin Simons and Johnny Murray recorded their follow-up Lonely Island b/w (You Make Me Wanna) Cry. It was released by Flipp Records in 1960, and like its predecessor, it failed to make the charts.

Lonely Island

(You Make Me Wanna) Cry

Lonely Island is a slow, melancholy ballad. Cry is something of a re-write of the Isley Brothers' Shout from the year before.

Poor Willie 3
Party Boys 2.5
Lonely Island 3.5
You Make Me Wanna Cry 2.5

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Pre-funk > G-funk Part 2

George was soon hired as an A&R man for Motown's Jobete Music out of NYC. Over the next few years, he would write and produce various singles; regularly commuting back and forth between Detroit and the east coast. His biggest success was Our Love Is In the Pocket, the b-side for Darrell Banks' 1966 single Open the Door To Your Heart which peaked at number 27 pop and number 2 R&B.

1965 Carnival 511 The Pets - I Say Yeah b/w West Side Party
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN-0wczkN6g

1966 Golden World 42 Pat Lewis - Can't Shake It Loose
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtXrZC5cYa0

1966 Golden World 43 Theresa Lindsey - I'll Bet You
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l0cOrEluXw

1966 Marton 1001 Roy Handy - Accidental Love b/w What Did He Do
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUGQJQ26k1Y
B-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zai5urWBNqo

1966 Marton 1002 Tamala Lewis - You Won't Say Nothing b/w If You Can Stand Me
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyNjZtQ9Xo0
B-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtFzw9jwrcQ

1966 Revilot 201 Darrell Banks - Our Love Is In The Pocket
B-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XvzQuqOjlM

1968 Revilot 222 JJ Barnes - Our Love Is In The Pocket
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq1Igdv9AYs

1968 Revilot 225 JJ Barnes - So Called Friends
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tipaj4Zo3v4

1968 Revilot 226 The Holidays - All That Is Required (Is You)
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWLGYzCt4K8

1966 Ric-Tic 119 The Fantastic Four - Girl Have Pity b/w (I'm Gonna) Live Up To What She Thinks
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k0-n1_khyw
B-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wemCc7N9QM

1967 Ric-Tic 132 Flaming Embers - Hey Mama (What'cha Got Good Fo Daddy)
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqtEpX3r_4g

1966 Solid Hit 101 Pat Lewis - Look At What I Almost Missed
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nePcAszoU1k

1966 Solid Hit 102 Debonairs - Loving You Takes All My Time b/w Headache In My Heart
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQApayT593s
B-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrYJP6lIJKw

1967 Solid Hit 105 Pat Lewis - I'll Wait
B-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nlefOCml2E

1967 Solid Hit 110 The Fellows - Let's Make It Last
B-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lInSpKDqwh8

1966 Stephanye 334 Roy Handy - Baby That's A Groove
A-side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q7G2mbjy2g

 Post subject: Re: The Parliament-Funkadelic discography thread
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:07 pm 

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Pre-funk > G-funk Part 3

1966 Golden World 46 The Parliaments - That Was My Girl b/w Heart Trouble

The Paliaments settled on a line-up of Clinton, Grady Thomas, Calvin Simon, Ray Davis, and Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins. These five would remain together thru 1977. In 1965, they recorded their third single for Golden World Records, That Was My Girl b/w Heart Trouble. Released in 1966, it flopped commercially as did their previous singles.

That Was My Girl

Heart Trouble

The few DJs that did play the song ended up flipping it - as was common practice back then, and the b-side Heart Trouble got much more (though limited) airplay. As a result, many sources (including Wikipedia) mistakenly list Heart Trouble as the A-side of the single. Heart Trouble was later covered by UK band the Eyes of Blue.

That Was My Girl and Heart Trouble sound like they came straight off the Motown assembly line and might have become hits had Gordy & co. been promoting them.

That Was My Girl 3.5
Heart Trouble 4

1966 The Eyes of Blue - Heart Trouble

 Post subject: Re: The Parliament-Funkadelic discography thread
PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:18 pm 

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Pre-funk > G-funk - Part 4

1967 Revilot 207 The Parliaments - (I Wanna) Testify b/w I Can Feel the Ice Melting
1967 Revilot 211 The Parliaments - All Your Goodies Are Gone b/w Don't Be Sore at Me
1967 Revilot 214 The Parliaments - Little Man b/w The Goose (That Laid the Golden Egg)
1968 Revilot 217 The Parliaments - Look At What I Almost Missed b/w What You Been Growing
1968 Revilot 223 The Parliaments - Good Old Music b/w Time
1969 Revilot 228 The Parliaments - A New Day Begins b/w I'll Wait
1969 ATCO 6675 The Parliaments - A New Day Begins b/w I'll Wait

The Parliaments moved to Revilot Records and finally hit paydirt with their 1967 single (I Wanna) Testify b/w I Can Feel the Ice Melting. Testify peaked at number 20 pop and number 3 R&B. It was the typical show biz story: just under ten years to become an overnight success.

(I Wanna) Testify (pop 20 R&B 3)

I Can Feel the Ice Melting

Testify is an excellent slice of late 60s R&B with its clean Motown-style production and gospel-tinged vocals & lyrics similar to the Impressions.

All Your Goodies Are Gone (pop 80 R&B 21)

Don't Be Sore at Me

All Your Goodies Are Gone has a sound similar to early Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles with its haunting vocals and ominous atomshpere. Their B-sides I Can Feel the Ice Melting and Don't Be Sore At Me remind me of Ruffin/Kendricks-era Temptations.

Little Man

The Goose (That Laid the Golden Egg)

While not quite as good as the two previous A-sides, Little Man has some nice rhythm guitar. Its stronger B-side The Goose has a similar feel to the earlier All Your Goodies.

Look At What I Almost Missed (pop 104)

What You Been Growing

Look At What I Almost Missed and B-side What You Been Growing are more conventional R&B love songs, still following the Detroit-meets-Chicago vein of Testify.

Good Old Music


Good Old Music was the precusor to their Funkadelic sound with its slow groove, juicy Booker T-organ, and fuzzy guitar. B-side Time returns again to conventional territory.

A New Day Begins (R&B 44)

I'll Wait

Their final Revilot single mines that same Motown filtered through the Impressions sound. Both songs were reissued on ATCO a few months later.

I Wanna Testify 5
I Can Feel the Ice Melting 3.5
All Your Goodies Are Gone 4.5
Don't Be Sore at Me 3.5
Little Man 3
The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg 4
Look At What I Almost Missed 4
What You Been Growing 3.5
Good Old Music 5
Time 3.5
A New Day Begins 3.5
I'll Wait 3.5

As we all know, during this same time period James Brown, Sly Stone, Miles Davis, and Jimi Hendrix (among others) were re-writing all the rules. One of Clinton's earliest contributions to this change was this collaboration with Rose Williams. It's a great slightly-psychedelic northern soul track with some early, fuzzed-out, Eddie Hazel guitar.

1968 Funkedelic 6709 Rose Williams George Clinton and the Funkedelics - Whatever Makes My Baby Feel Good b/w George Clinton and the Funkedelics - Whatever Makes My Baby Feel Good (Instrumental)

1968 Rose Williams George Clinton and the Funkedelics - Whatever Makes My Baby Feel Good

Whatever Makes My Baby Feel Good 5

 Post subject: Re: The Parliament-Funkadelic discography thread
PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:17 pm 

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Funkadelic - Funkadelic 1970 (US 126)

1. Mommy What's A Funkadelic?

2. I Bet You (pop 63, R&B 22)

3. Music For My Mother (R&B 50)

4. I Got A Thing You Got A Thing Everybody's Got A Thing (pop 80, R&B 30)

5. Good Old Music

6. Qualify And Satisfy

7. What Is Soul?

With the success of (I Wanna) Testify, the Parliaments put together a touring band consisting of friends and acqauintances mainly from George Clinton's old Jersey stomping ground: Tiki Fulwood (drums), Eddie Hazel (guitar), Billy "Bass" Nelson (bass), Tawl Ross (guitar), and Mickey Atkins (keybords).

Following a contract dispute with Revilot Records (which quickly went bankrupt), the renamed Funkadelic signed with Westwood Records and started recording their debut album.

"If you will suck my soul, I will lick your funky emotions." With those words, they open the album; letting us know that while they are not of this world, they mean us no harm. They tried to escape their southern roots and what they thought was music for the old country folk. They were cool, but they had no groove. Funk brought it all back home.

Musically it sets the pattern for much of the rest of the album, Dance to the Music meets Little Wing slowed down to grinding combination of funky blues and bluesy funk. Singing, scatting, spoken word, and other vocalizing drifting in and out of the mix.

I Bet You had previously been recorded by Theresa Lindsey (who helped co-write it) and by Billy Butler (Jerry's younger brother). Their verisons are both the same uptempo Detroit-meets-Chicago sound that characterized much of Clinton's 60s work. Here it becomes a showcase for stomping rhythms, alternating lead vocals, and some wailing guitar.

Music For My Mother is Herb Sparkman singing the bluesy tale of a guy traveling through a town called "keep running" Mississippi when he's transfixed by some waaaay-back yonder funk. If you ain't hooked when Sparkman start scatting a "harmonica" solo, you might as well just stop listening altogether. They round out the tune borrowing a page James Brown by letting us know that they're funk and they're proud.

I Got A Thing is a call to join together in order to help each other, featuring jittery chicken-wire guitar from Ray Monette of Rare Earth.

Clinton reworked Good Old Music from a monster slow-funk groove into an even slower monster funk groove with even juicier organ and farther fuzzed-out guitar.

Qualify And Satisfy starts out with a tasty blues stomp that puts 90% of all British Blues to shame and then works it's way into not only Jimi Hendrix territory, but what sounds to me like some avant Sonny Sharrock and Sun Ra landscapes as well.

Funkadelic started the album by asking one question, and they come full circle; ending it by asking another. "What is Soul? I Don't Know!" they repeat over and over. Is soul a hamhock in your cornflakes? A joint wrapped in toilet paper? Is it chitlins foo yung? Of course not, soul is you...

Mommy What's A Funkadelic 5
I Bet You 5
Music For Your Mother 5
I Got A Thing 5
Good Old Music 5
Qualify And Satisfy 5
What Is Soul 5

Released in early 1970, Funkadelic came a full year before Marvin Gaye's What's Goin' On, a year and a half before Sly's There's A Riot Goin' On, and two years before Stevie Wonder's Music of My Mind and Talking Book. My Rating? Do you really have to ask? A+ (but remember my disclaimer).

Theresa Lindsey - I'll Bet You

Billy Butler - I'll Bet You

 Post subject: Re: The Parliament-Funkadelic discography thread
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Parliament - Osmium 1970

1. I Call My Baby Pussycat

2. Put Love In Your Life

3. Little Ole Country Boy

4. Moonshine Heather

5. Oh Lord Why Lord/Prayer

6. My Automobile

7. There Is Nothing Before Me But Thang

8. Funky Woman

9. Livin' The Life

10. The Silent Boatman

Osmium was recorded with most of the same personnel as Funkadelic. On Funkadelic, Bernie Worrell played one only track, I Bet You. He had a much bigger role here, co-writting three of the songs and he would soon replace Mickey Atkins as a full-time band member.

Co-produced by British singer/songwriter Ruth Copeland (who contributed three songs), Osmium opens with the straight-up P-Funk of Pussycat, then moves to the poignant Put Love In Your Life, a definite highlight with its alternating vocalists, shifting tempos and guitar-keyboard workout finale.

Little Ole Country Boy is a cautionary redneck-country tale of a guy who get beaten up while spying on his cheating girlfriend. But then again, his mama did warn him not to mess around with that common cajun queen.

Moonshine Heather is a trippy funk groove with distorted vocals. Ever since her man died in the war, Heather runs a still to support her 14 kids. It's the finest corn around; so good that she's even selling it to the law.

Next up is Oh Lord Why Lord/Prayer, where baroque pop meets gospel in a heartbreaking civil right plea every bit the equal of Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready and Sam Cooke's A Change is Gonna Come. Some might find Copeland's counterpoint vocals a distraction, I think they're a perfect contrast to male lead. Can I rate this one a 6?

Once again they have another jarring shift from the profound to the head-scratchingly corny. My Automobile start off as a jazzy singalong before going full-on hillbilly country. What starts out as a seemingly charming request for a kiss soon turns borderline misogynistic and threatening.

Nothing Before Me But Thang is another driving slice of rockin' funk mixed with funky rock. Funky Woman is a bit of juvenile humor about a lady's stanky draws that thankfully ends right as it starts to wear out its welcome.

Mixing religion and tree hugging, Livin' the Life is pounding borderline prog with stinging guitar and melodic piano.

Finally The Silent Boatman takes us to the other side, accompanied by organ, strings, piano, and even some bagpipes thrown in for good measure. Once again, baroque and gospel combine with remarkable results.

I Call My Baby Pussycat 4
Put Love In Your Life 5
Little Ole Country Boy 2
Moonshine Heather 4
Oh Lord Why Lord/Prayer 5
My Automobile 2
There Is Nothing Before Me But Thang 4
Funky Woman 2.5
Livin' The Life 5
The Silent Boatman 4.5

Osmium has been re-released several times under different names (First Thangs, Rhenium, the Complete Invictus Recordings) with up to seven bonus tracks that were recorded in 71 and 72 during, around, and just after the time the P-Funk crew worked on Copeland's first two solo albums.

Bonus Tracks
11. Red Hot Mama

12. Breakdown [stereo mix]

13. Come In Out of the Rain

14. Fantasy Is Reality

15. Unfinished Instrumental

16. Loose Booty

17. Breakdown [mono 45 mix]

Red Hot Mama is a smoking hard & heavy rocker as kick @$$ as anything that came from P-Funk's more melanin-challenged Detroit competition. Dancefloor track Breakdown hit number 30 R&B in 1971. I perfer the longer stereo mix.

Come In Out of the Rain is a rousing anthem calling for unity in turbulent times. The similarly themed Fantasy Is Reality is another touching plea for sanity in a crazy world.

Unfinished Instrumental is just that, a decent if unremarkable showcase for guitar and piano.

Loose Booty's six min intro starts out Booker T and MGs before drifting into pure prog territory; then it hits the dancefloor for some serious rump shaking. It's "I am the magnificent W-O-O-O" is copped straight from Dave and Ansil Collins' UK number one hit Double Barrell.

Red Hot Mama 5
Breakdown 4.5
Come In Out of the Rain 5
Fantasy Is Reality 4.5
Unfinished Instrumental 2.5
Loose Booty 4
Breakdown 3.5

Osmium sounds more Funkadelic than Parliament to these ears and it's a bizzare jumble of crazy and crude humor mixed with depth and reflection. I give the orignal B-; with the bonus tracks, it moves into the A- range.

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Funkadelic - Free Your Mind... And Your Ass Will Follow 1970 (US 92)

1. Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow

2. Friday Night August 14th

3. Funky Dollar Bill

4. I Wanna Know If It's Good You? (pop 81, R&B 27)

5. Some More

6. Eulogy And Light
http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Eulogy+And+ ... qVda?src=5

With Free Your Mind, Bernie Worrell was now a full member of Funkadelic and his keyboards are a prominent factor here. His piano, organ, and synthisizer are the perfect compliment to Eddie Hazel's guitar.

"Open your funky mind and you can fly." The title track is another long, spacey feedback-laden jam with the vocals drifting in and out of the mix, but without the humor of Mommy What's A Funkadelic or What Is Soul. What starts out dark and intense grows even darker and more intense, as exclaimations of paranoia and confusion bounce off the constant exhortation to find innner peace through the funk.

The greasy, southern soul of Friday Night August the 14th tells us once again why Friday is the best night of the week. Everybody got paid and everybody wants to get...

It constrasts nicely with Funky Dollar Bill, about the pitfalls of chasing the mean green. Worrell's jazzy piano is at once melodic and dischordant. I Wanna Know If It's Good To You reminds us that matters of the heart are just as important as those of the mind.

As with their debut and Osmium, time and time again Eddie Hazel's guitar goes off into multiple directions and into multiple dimesions, now with Worrell adding essential tone, shading, and texture. And after ten-plus years together, the Parliaments' harmonies and alternating leads are seamless.

Unfortuneately, things take a strange turn on the last two tracks. Some More starts out as another classy and classic Booker T & the MGs homage, but the distorted vocal and trippy studio effects are a real distraction here. Played straight or as an instrumental, this could have been great...oh, well.

Finally we have Eulogy And Light with backward masking, tape manipulation, and its re-written Lord's Prayer. Before this, George could easily get spiritual without getting preachy. What happened to that irreverant P-funky humor from the first two albums?

I love the first four tracks, but the last two are a real let down. My rating: A-

Free Your Mind 5
Friday Night August 14th 5
Funky Dollar Bill 5
I Wanna Know If It's Good To You 5
Some More 3.5
Eulogy And Light 3

7. Fish, Chips & Sweat

Reissue bonus tracks include both the single edit and an instrumental version of I Wanna Know as well as a radio promo ad for the album. Fish, Chips & Sweat was originally the b-side to I Got A Thing; and while very good, its more traditional 60s R&B sound is out of place on this album.

Fish Chips And Sweat 4

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Maybe there just aren't any R&B fans on here, but I can't be the only one with an opinion on these albums. If this is gonna turn out like the Isley Brothers thread where I post review after review and with nary a comment, I'm gonna wonder what's the point?

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I encourage you to keep going dmille - every time you post I always check the thread and enjoy the reviews. :smile:

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Ruth Copeland - Self Portrait 1970

1. Prologue/Child of the North
http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Prologue+Ch ... DgL3?src=5

2. Thanks For the Birthday Card

3. Your Love Been So Good To Me

4. The Music Box

5. The Silent Boatman

6. To William In The Night

7. No Commitment

8. I Got A Thing For You Daddy

9. A Gift Of Me

10. Un Bel Di (One Fine Day)
http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Un+Bel+Di+O ... DjAx?src=5

As I mentioned earlier, Clinton and Company worked with Ruth Copeland on her first two albums. Pick these up looking for that Parliafunkadelicment thang, and you'll be very disappointed.

On her debut, Ruth is more like a jr. league Kate Bush ten years early. Confessional singer/songwriter mixed with British folk meets quirky blue-eyed soul combined with girl singer pop all filtered through the P-Funk prisim. Now shift your expectations back by at least two gears and you might find a few tracks you can enjoy

She can't decide if she's Sandy Denny, or she wants to Sandie Shaw. On one song, she's Joni Mitchell; the next, she's Laura Nyro. Apologies to their fans. The Silent Boatman is a highlight here as it was on Osmium. The P-Funkateers rock out on Your Love and Daddy and those two are the best of the rest: C

Prologue/Child of the North 2.5
Thanks For the Birthday Card 3
Your Love Been So Good To Me 3.5
The Music Box 3
The Silent Boatman 4.5
To William In The Night 2.5
No Commitment 3
I Got A Thing For You Daddy 3.5
A Gift Of Me 2.5
Un Bel Di (One Fine Day) 2

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Ruth Copeland - I Am What I Am 1971

1. The Medal

2. Crying Has Made Me Stronger

3. Hare Krishna

4. Suburban Family Lament

5. Play With Fire

6. Don't You Wish You Had (What You Had When You Had It)

7. Gimme Shelter

The second album's an improvement as here Copeland takes a stab at becoming the Limey Janis Joplin, but two overwrought Rolling Stones covers at the end take away from what came earlier.

The Medal is a powerhouse anti-war song that I would've loved to have heard covered by Grace Slick or Tina Turner. The piano jazz of Crying accidently lets some subtlety creep in. Parfunk is firing on all cylinders here. With a different singer, this could have been something. C+

The Medal 4.5
Crying Has Made Me Stronger 3.5
Hare Krishna 2.5
Suburban Family Lament 3.5
Play With Fire 2
Don't You Wish You Had What You Had When You Had It 3.5
Gimme Shelter 2.5

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Funkadelic - Maggot Brain 1971 (US 108)

1. Maggot Brain

2. Can You Get To That (pop 91 R&B 42)

3. Hit It And Quit

4. You And Your Folks Me And My Folks (pop 93 R&B 44)

5. Super Stupid

6. Back In Our Minds

7. Wars of Armageddon

The loose themes of rejecting materialism and finding enlightenment through the Funk continues on Maggot Brain.

What can I say about the title track that hasn't been said a zillion times? Take some blues and some jazz, take some fuzztone and some wah wah, add the right inspiration ("Play like someone just told you that your mother died") and WOW! Fulwood and Nelson are mixed just right so as not to distract from Eddie's playing, as if anything could...

Can You Get To That opens with a folksy, but forceful acoustic guitar. Some great call and response vocals warn of getting caught up in life's "all that glitters..." trappings.

Hit It And Quit It is a sweaty dancefloor rump shaker, highlighted by Worrell's organ; then Hazel launches into another one of his outerspace solos.

Worrell's piano is featured on You and Your Folks, a life's too short reminder that we're all alike (especially if you're poor). Where would pop music be without the word "Yeah"? Buried in the mix, Eddie's guitar kicks the track to the next gear at the midway point.

Super Stupid is a fiery rocker with a powerful anti-drug theme. Maybe somewhat hypocritical considering how much they were taking during this time.

Back in Our Minds is a brief respite from the chaos to come with some nice horns and playful mouth harp.

The original album closes with Wars of Armegeddon, another long, spacey P-Funky jam with spoken word, protest chant, airport schedule announcement, animal sounds, etc; once again highlighted Bernie's driving keyboards and a relentless on-the-one riff.

As great a guitar track as Maggot Brain is; if you're gonna try to introduce your hard rock/heavy metal listening friends to P-Funk, start with Super Stupid and the Osmium-version of Red Hot Mama. After those two, then move onto the title track. A

Maggot Brain 5
Can You Get To That 4.5
Hit It And Quit 4.5
You And Your Folks Me And My Folks 5
Super Stupid 5
Back of Our Minds 4
Wars of Armageddon 4.5

Bonus Tracks
8. Whole Lot Of BS

9. I Miss My Baby

10. Maggot Brain (alternate mix)

Reissue tracks include B-side Whole Lot of BS (unnecessary throw-away track that lives up to its title), United Soul track I Miss My Baby (beautiful soul ballad from early P-Funk spin-off band), as well as an excellent alternate mix of Maggot Brain without the spoken word intro and a more prominent rhythm section (some claim that mix this is the original version).

Whole Lot of BS 2
I Miss My Baby 5
Maggot Brain (alternate) 4.5

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United Soul - U.S. Music With Funkadelic 2009 (didn't chart)

1. This Broken Heart
http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/This+Broken ... h8bq?src=5

2. Baby I Owe You Something Good
http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Baby+I+Owe+ ... h8JN?src=5

3. Be What You Is

4. I Miss You Baby

5. Rat Kiss The Cat On The Naval

6. Baby I Owe You Something (Mono Single)
http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Baby+I+Owe+ ... hb4E?src=5

7. I Miss My Baby (Mono Single)

Living in Toronto at the time, Plainfield NJ natives Garry Shider and Cordell Mosson formed a band called United Soul. It caught the attention of Clinton & Co and when they learned that band members were also their hometown acquaintances; US was soon signed to Westbound records.

Released in 2009, these songs came out of some post-Maggot 1971-72 sessions. They were produced by Bernie Worrell, Fuzzy Haskins, and Ray Davis. The most of the songs were written by various P-Funk members; Clinton (2,3), Haskins (4,5), and Billy Nelson (5).

The opener This Broken Heart is a painful longing for a love (almost?) lost. And that's balanced by Baby I Owe You Something Good, with its shifting tempos and bouncy celebration of love's healing power.

Shider's guitar highlights the funky mid-tempo Be What You Is. His solo's so good you might mistake him for Hazel.

I already mentioned I Miss My Baby in my Maggot Brain review of bonus tracks. They just don't make soul ballads like this anymore and WHY NOT GUL DURN IT! This another "can I give a six?" song and a major lost gem of the era. I love Worrell's work on this and I prefer the longer stereo mix to the mono single one.

Funkadelic would later re-record Broken Heart and Something Good. Why they didn't do this one too is beyond me.

Rat Kiss The Cat is a spooky voodoo rocker equal to just about anything on P-Funk's own albums. Shider's guitar takes us into Jimi Sharrock territory (or is that Sonny Hendrix?). EDIT: Or is this Hazel? Someone is gonna have to help me out here on this one.

Baby I Owe You Something b/w I Miss You Baby was released in 1972. When it flopped, plans for the follow-up album were shelved. Shider & Mosson soon became full members of the ParliaFunk family: A-

This Broken Heart 4.5
Baby I Owe You Something Good 4
Be What You Is 4
I Miss My Baby 5
Rat Kiss The Cat on the Naval 5
Baby I Owe You Something 4
I Miss My Baby 4.5

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 Post subject: Re: The Parliament-Funkadelic discography thread
PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:27 am 

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Funkadelic - America Eats Its Young 1972 (US 123)

1. You Hit the Nail on the Head

2. If You Don't Like the Effects Don't Produce the Cause

3. Everybody Is Going to Make It This Time

4. A Joyful Process (R&B 38)

5. We Hurt Too

6. Loose Booty (pop 118 R&B 49)

7. Philmore

8. I Call My Baby Pussycat

9. America Eats Its Young

10. Biological Speculation

11. That Was My Girl

12. Balance

13. Miss Lucifer's Love

14. Wake Up

1971 & 72 saw many shakeups in the P-Funk line-up. At about the time Garry Shider (aka Diaper Man) and Cordell "Boogie" Mosson were joining up, Tawl Ross became another one of rock & roll's endless list of drug casualties and left the band after an overdose of who knows what.

"Bass" Nelson and Eddie Hazel left over financial issues with George Clinton; Nelson pretty much quit completely, while Hazel would still ocassionally work with the band (with varying degrees of prominence).

Also newly recruited were Bootsy and Catfish Collins who had recently parted ways with James Brown. While both worked on AEIY, Bootsy would later mainly contribute to Parliament and Catfish usually worked with his brother on the Rubber Band albums.

You Hit the Nail starts off with a surging on-the-one rhythm with Worrell's organ on top, shifting into jazzy mid-tempo respite for about a minute; before returning back to the chugging rhythm and delivering it's message that victory isn't always its own reward. It finishes off with some nifty horns and country-fried guitar.

The soulful If You Don't Like the Effects is a twin denouncement of those who won't take responsibility for their own actions and of dilettante "the-personal-is-political" do-gooders.

The beautiful Everybody is another mix of baroque pop & gospel soul showcasing its anthem of unity and learning from one's mistakes. Love the steel guitar leading to a rousing finale.

Instrumental track A Joyful Process quotes "Jesus Loves Me" amidst its incredibly funky riff and horns.

We Hurt Too is a maudlin slice of pop-soul. Its piano, syrupy strings, and "sensitive brother" theme is delivered with tongue firmly in cheek.

Osmium's Loose Booty is revisited here, in a tighter, funkier form re-written with an anti-drug message. Love the guitar rhythm and it's another showcase for Worrell.

Bootsy's first P-Funk writing contribution, Philmore, reflects his James Brown influences with its funky chugging horns.

As they did with Loose Booty, they revisit another Osmium track, I Call My Baby Pussycat. This version features a strange little 30 second intro, before going into a slower, slinkier vibe than the original had. And they seem to have forgotten to sing the "Cat" in the lyrics.

Pussycat ends abruptly as it transitions into the even slower and slinkier title track. IMO America Eats Its Young is the album's most Funkadelic track with its wordless vocalizing, spoken word indictment of the US, and some subtle guitar/keyboard interplay.

Biological Speculation with its countrified steel pedal, tells us that injustice is temporary while the laws of God are eternal.

P-Funk revisit yet another early tune. This time its 1965's That Was My Girl, but without the same level of success as their do-over versions of Loose Booty and Pussycat.

Balance works a similar theme as Biological Speculation's (the scales will always get balanced out in the end), but this time as an increasingly powerful rocker.

Miss Lucifer's Love is a tale as old as life itself. Guy sees the devil in the eyes of the woman who done him wrong, but she's got motion-in-the-ocean and he can't stay away. Another extraterrestrial guitar solo from Eddie Hazel.

They close with Wake Up, which tells the listeners not to just dream about changing their lives. More funky@$$ horns on this track.

I called Osmium a Parliament album that sounds more Funkadelic. Well, America is a Funkadelic album that sound more Parliament to me. Gotta love the jazzy horns and on-the-one beats running throughout much of this record, which obviously reflect P-Funk's love of James Brown.

As much as I like this album and most of its songs, for the first time there are no real standout tracks. And as much as I like their reworking of Loose Booty and Pussycat (and the originals), by the time they get to That Was My Girl; they start to feel like filler to pad out a two LP set: B

You Hit the Nail on the Head 4
If You Don't Like the Effects 4
Everybody Is Going to Make It This Time 4.5
A Joyful Process 4
We Hurt Too 3.5
Loose Booty 4
Philmore 3.5
I Call My Baby Pussycat 4
America Eats Its Young 4.5
Biological Speculation 4
That Was My Girl 3
Balance 4
Miss Lucifer's Love 4.5
Wake Up 4

 Post subject: Re: The Parliament-Funkadelic discography thread
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:38 pm 

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Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop 1973 (US 112)

1. Nappy Dugout

2. You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure

3. March To the Witch's Castle

4. Let's Make It Last

5. Cosmic Slop

6. No Compute

7. This Broken Heart

8. Trash A-Go-Go

9. Can't Stand the Strain

While the Parliaments remained intact, Cosmic Slop featured an almost entirely new Funkadelic line-up Garry Shider and Ron Bykowski replaced Eddie Hazel and Tawl Ross on guitars, Boogie Mooson replaced Billy Nelson on bass, and Tyrone Lampkin replaced Tiki Fulwood (who appears on only the lead track Nappy Dugout). Only Bernie Worrell remained from the 1970 band.

The opener Nappy Dugout is a fun and funny dancefloor track, highlighted by duck calls and disco whistles. You Can't Miss is a re-write of the Parliaments' 1965 tune Heart Trouble. As with the earlier version, the plumber can't do much about a flood of tears caused by the singer's broken heart.

Switching from the silly to the deadly serious, March to the Witch's Castle is solemn prayer for returing Vietnam veterans dealing with PTSD, addiction, divorce, and a disinterested nation that had already moved on.

Let's Make It Last features Shider on lead vocal telling his lover that he wants something more than just a fling. Tasteful guitar work from Garry on this track.

Shider sings again on the powerhouse title track; this time about a mother hooking to support her kids and begging God for forgiveness. With his wailing vocals and fiery guitar, Slop stands equal to just about any track on the first three Funkadelic albums.

No Compute lightens the mood as a guy goes out looking for "love", hops in the sack with a lady that was on the prowl too, and wakes up in the morning next to "breath smelling like a 1948 Buick".

This Broken Heart sounds like an alternate mix of the United Soul track, including lead vocal from singer Ben Edwards, probably from those same sessions.

Funky rocker Trash A-Go-Go is about a guy on trial for pimping. The court wasn't amused as evidenced by his 10-20 year sentence.

Last up is love song Can't Stand the Strain. If she leaves, his old heart might not be able to take it. Another fine showcase for Shider's soulful vocals.

Another solid transitional album from the new Funkadelic: B+

Nappy Dugout 3.5
You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure 4
March To the Witch's Castle 4.5
Let's Make It Last 3.5
Cosmic Slop 5
No Compute 3.5
This Broken Heart 4.5
Trash A-Go-Go 4
Can't Stand the Strain 4

NOTE: I went back to my United Soul - US Music With Funkadelic review and saw that I forgot to mention that This Broken Heart is a cover of a 1959 doo-wop song from the Sonics.

The Sonics - This Broken Heart

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