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Reply #30 posted 05/09/17 5:15am

mediumdry

it's quite impossible to do, as there are so many roads into P-Funk. Personally, I prefer the 72-76 era, it still had the metal and rock and times and also the horns prominently, which got a bit less around 78 (although the Junie tracks were great) and definitely much less when the synths/computers took over in the 80's (never been a fan of the Jimmy G and the Tackheads, Our Gang Funky and those albums) and after the 90's it seemed like George was mostly interested in keeping rap fans entertained.

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If I had to pick a few standout albums:

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Parliament - Chocolate City

Funkadelic - America Eats Its Young

Bernie Worrell - All The Woo In The World

Parliament - Trombipulation

Quazar (the original Funk'n'Roll!)

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Like mentioned before, they indeed have great tracks on albums that don't always work as a whole. Once you have all their stuff, it allows for amazing mixtapes and playlists! cool

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Reply #31 posted 05/09/17 9:00am

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mediumdry said:

it's quite impossible to do, as there are so many roads into P-Funk. Personally, I prefer the 72-76 era, it still had the metal and rock and times and also the horns prominently, which got a bit less around 78 (although the Junie tracks were great) and definitely much less when the synths/computers took over in the 80's (never been a fan of the Jimmy G and the Tackheads, Our Gang Funky and those albums) and after the 90's it seemed like George was mostly interested in keeping rap fans entertained.

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Thats where my listening fell off even his Paisley albums i never bought

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Reply #32 posted 05/09/17 9:16am

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Brides of Funkenstein vs. Parlet?
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Reply #33 posted 05/09/17 9:17am

novabrkr

paisleypark4 said:

mediumdry said:

it's quite impossible to do, as there are so many roads into P-Funk. Personally, I prefer the 72-76 era, it still had the metal and rock and times and also the horns prominently, which got a bit less around 78 (although the Junie tracks were great) and definitely much less when the synths/computers took over in the 80's (never been a fan of the Jimmy G and the Tackheads, Our Gang Funky and those albums) and after the 90's it seemed like George was mostly interested in keeping rap fans entertained.

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Thats where my listening fell off even his Paisley albums i never bought


That's my impression too after attending a George Clinton and Parliament / Funkadelic gig on Sunday here in Helsinki too. confused

It's wasn't that bad, of course, but it's just obvious to me that he relies on the hiphop crowds to fill up the venues. They tend to show up in masses when the Facebook invites start getting forwarded...

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Reply #34 posted 05/09/17 9:34am

novabrkr

I'll do just the Parliament / Funkadelic ones:

One Nation Under A Groove
Standing On The Verge Of Getting it On
Mothership Connection
Funkentelechy vs. Placebo Syndrome
Chocolate City
Funkadelic (s/t) (the sound quality on this one is mindbogglingly good for a record so old)
Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will FollowTales Of Kidd Funkadelic (the older I get the more I appreciate this)
Electric Spanking Of War Babies (Prince fans should be able to appreciate this a lot)
Gloryhallastoopid (Side B is pure gold)
Let's Take It To The Stage
Motor Booty AffairUp For The Downstroke
Hardcore JolliesThe Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein (not as good as people say it is?)
Maggot Brain (I genuinely think this one's overrated as an album)
Cosmic Slop
Trombipulation
Uncle Jam Wants You (Side B is just silly)
Osmium (this one I consider mostly a historic curiosity)
America Eats Its Young (the production is just awful)

... eh, okay, I'll do the 80s too:

Urban Dancefloor Guerillas
Computer Games
You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish
R&B Skeletons In The Closet
Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends
Cinderella Theory (blergh)

It's been a while since I've given the associated acts the attention they'd deserve (even Bootsy). I've played the Family Series stuff a lot lately though.

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Reply #35 posted 05/09/17 9:44am

mediumdry

LittleBLUECorvette said:

Brides of Funkenstein vs. Parlet?

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In general, Parlet, although the Bride's Disco To Go is probably the best track of both bands combined! (not that Parlet's Huff-N-Puff or Cookie Jar don't rock like a mug and I love Skeet on bass in Pleasure Principle)

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For the most parts, they are quite similar though, not really that recognizable as separate bands.. Godmoma is only a slightly different female vocal act, both because Bootsy and the year it came out, but it's also a band with multiple women singing in unison. (by the way, their best track is probably Godmoma Of Love, if only because of the start of it)

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Reply #36 posted 05/09/17 9:58am

mediumdry

by the way, as an excellent introduction into Funkadelic (or even P-Funk in general), I can only highly recommend Music For Your Mother, a collection of the Westbound singles with some great versions and non-album tracks.

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Reply #37 posted 05/09/17 5:09pm

SoulAlive

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actually I just bought this nice book a week ago, it shows how unbelievably large their catalog is



I have this book,too.Very good and informative.After reading it,I realize that there is still a lot of P-Funk music that I need to track down.
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Reply #38 posted 05/09/17 5:13pm

SoulAlive

when I have time,I'll list all my favorites but I can tell you now....

'Tales of Kidd Funkadelic' is my favorite Funkadelic album.The funny thing is,this album is supposedly made up of leftover outtakes....and yet I love it lol it may not be as focused as the other albums,but it's a fun,wild album.
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Reply #39 posted 05/09/17 7:48pm

mrwiggles

LittleBLUECorvette said:

Brides of Funkenstein vs. Parlet?


Brides is more Funkadelicish to me and Parlet more Parliamentary. Even though according to Dawn Silva, Parlet is the "wilder" of the two, especially live. I've seen some Brides live and it was rock on the edge, with Blackbyrd and all. In fact do yourself a favor and YouTube Brides live in Houston 78 for one of the all time blistering performances by any P-Funk band. Dennis Chambers on Drums need I say more. Do this for real.

Any audio/video on live Parlet is very elusive. I found some decent audio on 'em years ago. Not as dynamic as the other girl group but it wasn't the best recording. Somebody somewhere is sitting on a good soundboard I sure would like to hear.

That being said. I'll take Funk Or Walk over Never Buy Texas.

Parlet? Booty Snatchers over Play Me or Trade Me by a nose. With Pleasure Principle bringing up the rear. Although Are You Dreaming is an underrated Bernie Worrell tour de force on piano.
More of a get down and boogie disco vibe than Brides.
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Reply #40 posted 05/11/17 4:56pm

SoulAlive

question: has 'The Clones Of Dr.Funkenstein' ever been remastered? I have it on CD but I want a fresh,remastered copy.
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Reply #41 posted 05/12/17 2:45am

mediumdry

what year is your CD from, there was a 1990 remaster, but that might be the original CD release.

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Reply #42 posted 05/12/17 4:39am

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I'm seeing George/P-F tonight, can't wait!

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Reply #43 posted 05/12/17 7:06am

mediumdry

Have fun, let us know how it was! I didn't go earlier this month for a variety of reasons. Not sure if it was the right decision. neutral

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Reply #44 posted 05/13/17 4:23am

mrwiggles

SoulAlive said:

question: has 'The Clones Of Dr.Funkenstein' ever been remastered? I have it on CD but I want a fresh,remastered copy.


Want I want is a sealed copy of the original vinyl, with the offer in the inner sleeve for the life size Dr Funkenstein stand-up. Also would like the original Motor Booty Affair sealed.
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Reply #45 posted 05/13/17 10:19am

mediumdry

Had both of those, the Motor Booty Affair with the pop-up aquarium and the push-out characters. Still.. I went through a bad patch and had no money. So I sold all my vinyl. The idea was traumatic, but when I actually made the decision, it really brought a sense of calm.

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I still have the music. But now I also have a lot more cupboard space (it was around 2500/3000 albums) and my stereo is much simplified (playing to it through iTunes, all my cds are ripped).

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In short, while owning all the (original) vinyl is great, it's just a thing. Having the music is worth much more. (to me anyway)

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And so ends my philosophical saturday night drunk post. razz

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Reply #46 posted 05/13/17 5:39pm

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That is a difficult one for me because my collection isn't complete so I will list the ones I play the most, so here is my Top 10 music cloud9

1. The Clones of Dr Funkenstein (1976)

2. Motor Booty Affair (1978)

3. Chocolate City (1975)

4. Mothership Connection (1975)

5. Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome (1977)

6. Gloryhallastoopid (1979)

7. Uncle Jam Wants You (1979)

8. Osmium (1970)

9. Trombipulation (1980)

10. Up For The Downstroke (1974)

Compilations boogie

1. Live: P-Funk Earth Tour (1976)

2. Tear The Roof Off: 1974-1980

Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #47 posted 05/13/17 9:51pm

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P-Funk related a Fuzzy Haskins disc with most of the tunes from his 2 Westbound albums is out now.
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Reply #48 posted 05/13/17 11:28pm

SoulAlive

mrwiggles said:

SoulAlive said:
question: has 'The Clones Of Dr.Funkenstein' ever been remastered? I have it on CD but I want a fresh,remastered copy.
Want I want is a sealed copy of the original vinyl, with the offer in the inner sleeve for the life size Dr Funkenstein stand-up. Also would like the original Motor Booty Affair sealed.

I have that ad smile there is a vinyl reissue of Clones Of Dr.Funkenstein with an amazing 3-D cover.I really want that! They did the same thing for Mothership Connection,as well.

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Reply #49 posted 05/14/17 2:26pm

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mediumdry said:

Had both of those, the Motor Booty Affair with the pop-up aquarium and the push-out characters. Still.. I went through a bad patch and had no money. So I sold all my vinyl. The idea was traumatic, but when I actually made the decision, it really brought a sense of calm.

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I still have the music. But now I also have a lot more cupboard space (it was around 2500/3000 albums) and my stereo is much simplified (playing to it through iTunes, all my cds are ripped).

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In short, while owning all the (original) vinyl is great, it's just a thing. Having the music is worth much more. (to me anyway)

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And so ends my philosophical saturday night drunk post. razz

Isn't the same thing?

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Reply #50 posted 05/16/17 3:55pm

mrwiggles

Goddess4Real said:

That is a difficult one for me because my collection isn't complete so I will list the ones I play the most, so here is my Top 10 music cloud9


1. The Clones of Dr Funkenstein (1976)



2. Motor Booty Affair (1978)



3. Chocolate City (1975)



4. Mothership Connection (1975)



5. Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome (1977)



6. Gloryhallastoopid (1979)



7. Uncle Jam Wants You (1979)



8. Osmium (1970)



9. Trombipulation (1980)



10. Up For The Downstroke (1974)




Compilations boogie



1. Live: P-Funk Earth Tour (1976)



2. Tear The Roof Off: 1974-1980



Interesting you put Clones at the top. Mothership to me has the "jams" on it but from an arrangement standpoint I take Clones. These days I'm far more likely to cue it up over MC. Something about the production on that record is smoother. It's got a muffled kind of sound on it. The MC mix in big with more treble or something.
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Reply #51 posted 05/20/17 11:30pm

SoulAlive

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Mothership to me has the "jams" on it but from an arrangement standpoint I take Clones. These days I'm far more likely to cue it up over MC. Something about the production on that record is smoother. It's got a muffled kind of sound on it. The MC mix in big with more treble or something.

same here.Both albums are sensational,but there is something really special about Clones.Songs like "Dr.Funkenstein","Gettin To Know You","Children Of Production" and "Funkin' For Fun" are excellent....some of the finest Parliament jams.The weakest track is "Everything Is On The One" but I even enjoy that one,too.I think the album cover is one of their wildest smile

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Reply #52 posted 05/21/17 5:42am

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Haven't heard nearly enough, but I like everything I have heard!

Here are my ratings for the albums I have:

Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!: 9.7
Mothership Connection: 9.1

Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band: 9.0

Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome: 9.0

Up for the Down Stroke: 9.0
Computer Games: 8.6

Bootsy? Player of the Year: 8.6

Chocolate City: 8.5
Ultra Wave: 8.4

One Nation Under a Groove: 8.2

Maggot Brain: 8.1

You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish: 8.1
The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away: 8.0
Standing on the Verge of Getting It On: 7.9
Tales of Kidd Funkadelic: 7.7
Funkadelic: 7.5
Cosmic Slop: 7.5
Free Your Mind... And Your Ass Will Follow: 7.5
Let's Take It to the Stage: 7.3
America Eats Its Young: 7.3
This Boot Is Made for Fonk-N: 7.1

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Reply #53 posted 05/21/17 6:02pm

mrwiggles

SoulAlive said:



mrwiggles said:


Mothership to me has the "jams" on it but from an arrangement standpoint I take Clones. These days I'm far more likely to cue it up over MC. Something about the production on that record is smoother. It's got a muffled kind of sound on it. The MC mix in big with more treble or something.


same here.Both albums are sensational,but there is something really special about Clones.Songs like "Dr.Funkenstein","Gettin To Know You","Children Of Production" and "Funkin' For Fun" are excellent....some of the finest Parliament jams.The weakest track is "Everything Is On The One" but I even enjoy that one,too.I think the album cover is one of their wildest smile




Hahahaha. Everything Is On The One is my favorite on that album and one of my favorite Parliament songs.
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Reply #54 posted 05/21/17 6:52pm

SoulAlive

mrwiggles said:

SoulAlive said:

same here.Both albums are sensational,but there is something really special about Clones.Songs like "Dr.Funkenstein","Gettin To Know You","Children Of Production" and "Funkin' For Fun" are excellent....some of the finest Parliament jams.The weakest track is "Everything Is On The One" but I even enjoy that one,too.I think the album cover is one of their wildest smile

Hahahaha. Everything Is On The One is my favorite on that album and one of my favorite Parliament songs.

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Reply #55 posted 05/21/17 7:21pm

SoulAlive

here's an interesting,lengthy article that rates all of the albums from worst to best......

P-Funk Albums From Worst ... Stereogum

cool

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Reply #56 posted 05/28/17 1:27am

SoulAlive

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I like to stand up for those last 2 Parliament records that often get panned by both fans and critics alike. Stoopid has some straight jams on it in the tradition of Mothership era P-Funk. Sheeeeit, Black Hole is one of the funkiest tracks they did.

Gloryhallastoopid has two great tracks: "Theme From The Black Hole" and "The Big Bang Theory"."May We Bang You" is OK,too.But the rest of the album is surprisingly disappointing."Party People" is an overlong groove in search of a hook."The Freeze" is another overlong track that goes nowhere.Not sure what went wrong,but this album lacks the power of their previous work.

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Reply #57 posted 05/29/17 4:24am

mrwiggles

SoulAlive said:



mrwiggles said:


I like to stand up for those last 2 Parliament records that often get panned by both fans and critics alike. Stoopid has some straight jams on it in the tradition of Mothership era P-Funk. Sheeeeit, Black Hole is one of the funkiest tracks they did.


Gloryhallastoopid has two great tracks: "Theme From The Black Hole" and "The Big Bang Theory"."May We Bang You" is OK,too.But the rest of the album is surprisingly disappointing."Party People" is an overlong groove in search of a hook."The Freeze" is another overlong track that goes nowhere.Not sure what went wrong,but this album lacks the power of their previous work.



Respectfully disagree. Blackbyrd is doing some great guitar work up under the freeze groove. OnceI heard the song live back in the late 90's it really opened my ears to its subtle underlining guitar groove. Like I said earlier, Garry Shider & Jerome Rogers vocals on Party People rank as some of their best work behind the mic. The title track is a tight Starchild appearance and Colour Me Funky is a grinding Junie bubbling funker. I feel y'all should get out some headphones and re evaluate some of these tracks. Plus the concept is so tight.
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Reply #58 posted 05/29/17 1:27pm

SoulAlive

What are your thoughts on Trombipulation? I love "Agony Of Defeet" (which recalls some of the finest P Funk jams,like "Flashlight" and "Knee Deep") and I think "Let's Play House" is a cool jam.Most of the other tracks are just 'OK'.Maybe I need to revisit this album again.

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Reply #59 posted 05/29/17 1:39pm

mediumdry

Much like Funkadelic's albums after Hardcore Jollies seem to be from a different band, Trombipulation does not sound like classic Parliament. Personally I love it, like I love Bootsy's The One Giveth album, which is also a bit of an oddball in his repertoire.

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Rhythmically, songs like Let's Play House just slay me. Look at the album as a standalone thing, it'll make it easier to really appreciate it.

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