Funkadelic - America Eats Its Young 1972 (US 123)
1. You Hit the Nail on the Headhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD1p6ZnUXg4
2. If You Don't Like the Effects Don't Produce the Causehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkA7ok5MySk
3. Everybody Is Going to Make It This Timehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp93s2nmUhU
4. A Joyful Process (R&B 38)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCl0Ky-3qkM
5. We Hurt Toohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ9h-gkBrkg
6. Loose Booty (pop 118 R&B 49)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIDfp2c8BLk
8. I Call My Baby Pussycathttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM3UiMrGueY
9. America Eats Its Younghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSBV-CEizsI
10. Biological Speculationhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzzDDxadlV8
11. That Was My Girlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPGfeZO5djA
13. Miss Lucifer's Lovehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9OBf0KEKqg
14. Wake Uphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fs5ziMI1sI
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
I Call My Baby Pussycat 4
America Eats Its Young 4.5
Biological Speculation 4
That Was My Girl 3
Miss Lucifer's Love 4.5
Wake Up 4