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Funkcronomicon (1995) 10 yrs ago a funk masterpiece



Funkcronomicon (1995)
Axiom Funk


Track Listing:

Disc 1:
Order Within The Universe {B Worrell, Bill Laswell} 3:17
Under The Influence (Jes Grew)
{G Clinton, B Laswell, B Collins, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare} 5:45
If 6 Was 9 {Jimi Hendrix} 6:00
Orbitron Attack {Grace Cook} 12:29
Cosmic Slop {G Clinton, B Worrell} 5:15
Free-Bass (Godzillatron Cush) {B Laswell, B Collins, Dennis Weeden} 5:43
Tell The World {B Collins, Maceo Parker, Sylvester Stewart} 3:53
Pray My Soul {G Cook} 5:08

Disc 2:
Hideous Mutant Freekz {G Clinton, B Collins, B Worrell, B Laswell} 7:25
Sax Machine {B Collins, M Parker, Bobby Byrd} 7:47
Animal Behavior {B Laswell, B Collins, Buckethead} 7:09
Trumpets And Violins, Violins {J Hendrix} 3:38
Telling Time {Nicky Skopelitis} 4:57
Jungle Free-Bass {B Laswell, B Collins} 5:38
Blackout {DeWayne McKnight} 3:44
Sacred To The Pain {G Cook, Umar Bin Hassan} 4:54


Personnel:

Producer: Bill Laswell

"Order Within The Universe"
Organ: Bernie Worrell
Turntable: DXT
Bass, Beats, Sound EFX: Bill Laswell

"Under The Influence"
Vocals: George Clinton, Gary Cooper, Bootsy Collins, Michael Payne,
Debra Barsha, Zhana Saunders
Guitar: Bootsy Collins
Piano: Herbie Hancock
Bass: Robbie Shakespeare
Drums: Anton Fier
Drum Programming: Sly Dunbar
Congas: Daniel Ponce
Cowbell, Percussion: Aiyb Dieng
Tuba: Edwin Rodriguez
Baritone Horn, Euphonium: Joe Daly
Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Ted Daniel
Bassoon: Janet Grice
Tenor Saxophone, Flute: J.D. Parron
Horns arranged: Henry Threadgill

"If 6 Was 9"
Lead Vocals, Space Bass: Bootsy Collins
Guitar: Blackbyrd McKnight, Nicky Skopelitis
Backwards Guitar: Robert Musso
Intro Guitar: Buckethead
Violin: Lili Haydn

"Orbitron Attack"
Guitar: Eddie Hazel
Space Bass: Bootsy Collins
Organ: Bernie Worrell
Drums: Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey

"Cosmic Slop"
Vocals: Garry Shider, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper
Guitar: Garry Shider, Bootsy Collins, Michael Hampton
Organ: Bernie Worrell
Fairlight: Nicky Skopelitis
Bass: Robbie Shakespeare
Drums: Sly Dunbar
Congas: Aiyb Dieng
Material Strings Arranger & Conductor: Karl Berger

"Free-Bass"
Free-Bass: Zillatron (Bootsy Collins)
Stun Guitar: Menace (the Dawg of the C)

"Tell The World"
Vocals: Maceo Parker, Bobby Byrd, Godmoma
Keyboards, Voice: Sly Stone
Other Music: Bootsy Collins

"Pray My Soul"
Guitar: Eddie Hazel
Organ: Bernie Worrell

"Hideous Mutant Freekz"
Vocals: George Clinton, Garry Shider, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Bootsy Collins
Guitar, Space Bass: Bootsy Collins
Guitar Solo: Buckethead
Synth: Bernie Worrell
Drum Loops: Anton Fier

"Sax Machine"
Vocals: Maceo Parker, Bobby Byrd, Bootsy Collins
Alto Sax: Maceo Parker
Trombone: Fred Wesley
Guitar, Bass: Bootsy Collins
Low Bass: Bill Laswell
Synth: Bernie Worrell
Percussion: Timothy "T-Bone" David

"Animal Behavior"
Lead Vocals, Space Bass: Bootsy Collins
Organ: Bernie Worrell
Guitar: Buckethead
Turntables: Af Next Man Flip
Drums: Brain
Samples: Bill Laswell

"Trumpets and Violins"
Voice: Abiodun Oyewole
Guitar: Blackbyrd McKnight, Nicky Skopelitis, Robert Musso
Processing: Robert Musso
Intro Guitar: Buckethead
Violin: Lili Haydn

"Telling Time"
6 & 12 String Guitars: Nicky Skopelitis
Organ: Amina Claudine Myers
Bass: Bill Laswell
Drums: Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste
Congas: Guilherme Franco

"Jungle Free-Bass"
Jungle Bass: Bootsy Collins
Dub Bass: Bill Laswell
Vocal Sounds: Torture

"Blackout"
Guitar, Bass, Drums: Blackbyrd McKnight

"Sacred To The Pain"
Guitar: Eddie Hazel
Organ: Bernie Worrell
Voice: Umar Bin Hassan

Rating: RC: ****


Comments:
RC: This is a compilation of assorted rare, unreleased & previously released P.Funk songs from the Axiom label. The previously released tracks include "Cosmic Slop" (from Material's The Third Power), "Pray My Soul" & "Sacred To The Pain" (from the Axiom Ambient collection), "Sax Machine" & "Tell The World" (from Maceo Parker's For All The King's Men) "Animal Behavior" (from Praxis' Transmutation) and "Telling Time" (from Nicky Skopelitis' Ekstasis). Also, "Hideous Mutant Freaks" was recorded for the film Freaked, but no soundtrack was released for that film. Lastly, I believe "Order Within The Universe" is taken from the first part of a Praxis song called "Seven Laws Of Woo". All in all, this is an excellent, coherent collection of songs that are pretty heavy in the funk department, with a touch of the Laswell ambient/noise effect.

"Order Within The Universe" is an odd intro, touching on hip-hop, noise and good ol' funk from Bernie Worrell. The title refers to the liner notes of Standing On The Verge... from Funkadelic. "Under The Influence" sounds like an outtake from around the Smell My Finger era of George Clinton. It's an excellent song that tackles Clinton's 'Martial Law' concept much more coherently than the song on the SMF album. The horn hooks keep the thang funky, and Clinton's vocals are excellent. The whole thing is pretty mellow, with the 'Funk em just to see the look on their face' chant used extensively. "If 6 Was 9" is a wacked-out cover of the Hendrix tune, featuring Bootsy Collins on vocals. It's very weird and ambient sounding, with subtle Space Bass work. "Orbitron Attack" is a hardcore Eddie Hazel guitar assault that features the hardest riff I've ever heard from Mr. Hazel. Despite the intensity, it's still a groove, and it features a majestic organ intro from Bernie Worrell. The title is another reference to the liner notes of Standing On The Verge.... "Cosmic Slop" is a truly bizarre cover, featuring Garry Shider once again doing vocals and guitar, but made amazingly strange by the use of the Material Strings. This is an extremely successful ambient-funk experiment. "Free-Bass" is a sort of dull Bootsy jam, done much better later on the album. "Tell The World" is reviewed elsewhere, but while it sounds good, it also sounds clearly like an outtake. "Pray My Soul" may be the best thing here, a brilliant duet with Eddie Hazel and Bernie Worrell, summoning the original spirit of Funkadelic. Eddie's long solo ranks up there with "Maggot Brain" and "Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts". Bernie matches up with him perfectly. "Hideous Mutant Freekz" is a great song that would have been better with acoustic drums. Still, Bootsy's Space Bass is so deep that it matters little. The lyrics and singing are all great here, and it's just a lot of fun to see the Clinton-Collins-Worrell reunion at work. "Sax Machine" is reviewed on the Maceo album, For All The King's Men and "Animal Behavior" is reviewed on the Praxis album, Transmutation, but both work extremely well here, almost better than on the original albums. Whoever did the song sequence on this album is a genius. "Trumpets and Violins" falls a little flat musically, despite the empassioned reading. "Telling Time" is the sole track with no P.Funk connection, and it's mildly interesting though not essential. "Jungle Free-Bass" is a great Bootsy freak-out, along Zillatron lines, but still in a straight groove. The pace is frantic, almost hardcore. "Blackout" is a good one-man showing from Blackbyrd, who concentrates on his guitar soloing but spaces it well. "Sacred To The Pain" is basically the same track as "Pray My Soul", only Umar Bin Hassan does a great poetry reading over it. Overall, this has lots of funk goodies collected in one convenient place. Any Funkateer who doesn't have the source materials already, or is dying to hear some interesting unreleased material, should definitely pick this one up.

The album features a great cover from Pedro Bell, punning on the album's title (Funkcronomicon/Necronomicon, the book mentioned by H.P. Lovecraft as summoning the evil elder gods). A high priestess type is looking to the storm-filled skies, where the old Funkadelic logo has been crossed out with "Axiom Funk". Inside, there's a hilarious cartoon about a female demon devouring assorted members of Axiom.

MT: The album boasts to contain new performances by Sly - when all the sessions with Sly were done more than ten years ago (almost fifteen). This is specifically in reference to the song "Tell The World". See the review for Maceo Parker's For All The King's Men for further details.



Review taken from the MotherPage
http://www.duke.edu/~tmc/...micon.html
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Reply #1 posted 09/20/05 2:58am

SPYZFAN1

Great pick. I still bump this from time to time and it is a classic. Bill Laswell was on top of his game with this one. "Hideous Mutant" has that old P-Funk sound all over it. "Pray My Soul" is so deep. You can feel the pain Eddie was probably going through in his personal life on that cut. It took me a few months to get this CD after it came out because no stores would carry it. One of my faves.
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Reply #2 posted 09/20/05 5:16am

rockwilder

Good call!!That cd gave me "pray my soul".That is a a good funk cd.deep funk.
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Reply #3 posted 09/20/05 5:47am

pkidwell

Another one to add to my list.....Laswell's last few have been good as well
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Reply #4 posted 09/20/05 6:07am

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Yup, this collection sounded more like true P-funk than the crap George has been doing under his own name for the past decade....

My favorites were Pray My Soul/Sacred to the Pain, Under The Influence, Hideous Mutant Freaks, and Orbitron Attack...



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Reply #5 posted 09/20/05 1:10pm

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paligap said:

the crap George has been doing under his own name for the past decade....

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You didn't like DOPE DOGS



or TAPOAFOM
???
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Reply #6 posted 09/20/05 3:11pm

seanski

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Is this still in print? eek
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Reply #7 posted 09/20/05 3:22pm

PFunkjazz

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NO

but it's pretty easy to find in most used CD stores.
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Reply #8 posted 09/20/05 5:53pm

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PFunkjazz said:

paligap said:

the crap George has been doing under his own name for the past decade....

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You didn't like DOPE DOGS



or TAPOAFOM
???


I'll have to check that Axiom Funk out. As for Dope Dogs and TAPOAFOM. I didn't like Dope Dogs much, too many fake sounding instruments and raps going on, Dog Star excluded which was just fucking out of this world. TAPOAFOM i thought was better. It had nothing as incredible as Dog Star on it i liked the vibe and Mathematics is classic Pfunk, puns and all.
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Reply #9 posted 09/20/05 7:25pm

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SPYZFAN1 said:

Great pick. I still bump this from time to time and it is a classic. Bill Laswell was on top of his game with this one. "Hideous Mutant" has that old P-Funk sound all over it. "Pray My Soul" is so deep. You can feel the pain Eddie was probably going through in his personal life on that cut. It took me a few months to get this CD after it came out because no stores would carry it. One of my faves.

One of my happiest cd shopping days ever was the day I bought Dope Dogs and Funkcronomicon on the same day. The best thing was I had no idea either had been released! I was just browzin and blam there they both were. I'm still feelin' that one.
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Reply #10 posted 09/21/05 12:24am

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Bfunkthe1 said:

SPYZFAN1 said:

Great pick. I still bump this from time to time and it is a classic. Bill Laswell was on top of his game with this one. "Hideous Mutant" has that old P-Funk sound all over it. "Pray My Soul" is so deep. You can feel the pain Eddie was probably going through in his personal life on that cut. It took me a few months to get this CD after it came out because no stores would carry it. One of my faves.

One of my happiest cd shopping days ever was the day I bought Dope Dogs and Funkcronomicon on the same day. The best thing was I had no idea either had been released! I was just browzin and blam there they both were. I'm still feelin' that one.



Funkentelechy is like that.

It was just coincidence when I found the 4 disc LIVE GREATEST HITS. I knew it was out but balked at the full retail price, but they had a used copy behind the counter at significant discount. I must have scared the clerk when I started dancing and getting all excited. I purposely went back the following week EXPECTING lightning to strike again. Sure enough, that's how I copped this set. I had no ida this was even coming out.

It was surely FUNKENTELECHY because I've been able to find all 3 versions of GREATEST HITS LIVE (AMER JAP & EUR) in the used bins.
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Reply #11 posted 09/21/05 12:46am

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10 years!?! oh shit.... eek


slammin album of course, I didn't give it a spin in quite a while, thanx for the reminder fro
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Reply #12 posted 09/21/05 7:49am

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PFunkjazz said:

paligap said:

the crap George has been doing under his own name for the past decade....

...



You didn't like DOPE DOGS



or TAPOAFOM
???


TAPOAFOM wasn't bad. The best thing about it was the track "Sloppy Seconds"! That's a great track, and it showed what can happen when Bernie, Bootsy and George really collaborate on a track, from the ground up.

A few years back, Disney's Mammoth Records signed George and wanted a couple of albums of things like that from George(apparently they told him they wanted albums like the "stuff he used to do", they really wanted a Parliament album AND a Funkadelic album), but he came up with some of his usual programmed stuff, Mammoth rejected it, and it's sitting in the vaults still. According to one source, Bootsy and Bernie showed up to play live, collaborate with some other musicians , but found that George just wanted them to overdub a few lines on some pre-programmed stuff he had already thrown together...


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Reply #13 posted 09/21/05 10:36am

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paligap said:



A few years back, Disney's Mammoth Records signed George and wanted a couple of albums of things like that from George(apparently they told him they wanted albums like the "stuff he used to do", they really wanted a Parliament album AND a Funkadelic album), but he came up with some of his usual programmed stuff, Mammoth rejected it, and it's sitting in the vaults still. According to one source, Bootsy and Bernie showed up to play live, collaborate with some other musicians , but found that George just wanted them to overdub a few lines on some pre-programmed stuff he had already thrown together...


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Mammoth has nothing in any vault (I don't even think it exists as an entity anymore). They got caught pilfering the advances and tried to pin it on George. So George withheld submitting tracks and he's running around with an infamous "Bag o' Tapes". Some of this on How Late and some of it will be out on latter projects by Funkadelic, Parliament and any number of side-projects he's considering.
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Reply #14 posted 09/21/05 2:14pm

Miles

At long last, a thread on this album! cool

'Funkronomicon' just rocks (or swangs, should I say?). Some of Bootsy's best latterday work is on this one, awesome space bass on 'If 6 Was 9' - I prefer this version to Jimi's original - (sacrilage I know! But dig the atmosphere!). Boots also once again proves his greatness on the funk rhythm guitar on many of these tracks.

Also some great soulful vocals from Gary 'Mudbone' Cooper, especially 'Cosmic Slop' (I mean, is this better than the original? I think so.) Also great to hear the awesome Jerome Brailey back with Bootsy and Eddie on the groovy 'Orbitron Attack'. Now, where's my 'Mutiny' CDs?

And don't get me started on 'Pray My Soul' and especially 'Sacred to the Pain' When I'm in the mood, these are just so moving. These tracks alone got more soul than most people will ever recognise! On 'Sacred', Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets just says again what Eddie Hazel says in his solo, and at the same time almost describes Hazel himself perhaps, talking of his mother, and his tortured soul, and yet he says - 'God is alive, God is real, he is right here in my (guitar-playing) hands!'. Hassan's rap is almost over-whelming. How did great spoken-word like this degenerate into modern hip hop? neutral

This is definitely worth getting for the 'Maggotbrain's' final works. I still cannot believe that such awesome, soaring guitar work was recorded in the early '90s, and not 20 years earlier. And to think if Edward Earl Hazel had been around today he'd only be 55!

This is by far the best of the later P-Funk albums, partly as it has no god-awful rappin' over it. George was always one of the best 'rappers' around anyway. He never needed them. They just diluted his sound. Has anybody guessed I don't like modern commercial hip hop - just 'talkin' loud and sayin' nothin' (new). wink

Had the best tracks from this been released as a single disk 'Funkadelic' album, it would have a classic. smile
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Reply #15 posted 09/21/05 2:31pm

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PFunkjazz said:

NO

but it's pretty easy to find in most used CD stores.


I found one on Gemm.com biggrin
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Reply #16 posted 09/21/05 8:45pm

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PFunkjazz said:

paligap said:



A few years back, Disney's Mammoth Records signed George and wanted a couple of albums of things like that from George(apparently they told him they wanted albums like the "stuff he used to do", they really wanted a Parliament album AND a Funkadelic album), but he came up with some of his usual programmed stuff, Mammoth rejected it, and it's sitting in the vaults still. According to one source, Bootsy and Bernie showed up to play live, collaborate with some other musicians , but found that George just wanted them to overdub a few lines on some pre-programmed stuff he had already thrown together...


...
[Edited 9/21/05 7:59am]


Mammoth has nothing in any vault (I don't even think it exists as an entity anymore). They got caught pilfering the advances and tried to pin it on George. So George withheld submitting tracks and he's running around with an infamous "Bag o' Tapes". Some of this on How Late and some of it will be out on latter projects by Funkadelic, Parliament and any number of side-projects he's considering.



some of it will be out on latter projects by Funkadelic, Parliament and any number of side-projects he's considering.[/quote]


So does this mean we will actually get separate Parliament and Funkadelic albums?
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