fav funkadelic album?
alieNDN 2,181 Posts
edited June 2005 in Music Talk
sup, im a latecomer to funkadelic and have been listening to nothing but "america eats its young" all week. LOVING it. I intend on checking the full catalogue. i actually got a question too, whose the first vocalist u hear on the track "we hurt too"? he sings "la la la dah dah dah" "just because we conceal..."reminds me of sly stone, his voice is priceless. thanks. and reccomend on.peaceNadvance.
..and that may just be because i've overplayed Maggot Brain.
I scream, silent comforts that are not heard
I panic, for I have not said a word
Hysteria hold the room in sway
I run, I back away, to hide
From what, from fear?
The truth, the light?
IS TRUTH THE LIGHT?
Right now, I'd have to go with "Standing on the Verge of Getting it On". Eddie Hazel had a hand in writing all the tracks on the album (under a pseudonym), and his playing, while not as wild as on Maggot Brain, is just as tasty.
My personal favorite on this record is "Good Thoughts Bad Thoughts", which makes a nice counterpart to "Maggot Brain": a quiet rhythm guitar strumming in the background, and Eddie's solo guitar wafting over the top. At the halfway point, a spoken word recitation (presumably by George) comes in:
Travel like a king
Listen to the inner voice
A higher wisdom is at work for you
Conqering the stumbling blocks come easier
When the conqueror is in tune with the infinite
Every ending is a new beginning
Life is an endless unfoldment
Change your mind, and you change your relation to time
You can find the answer
The solution lies within the problem
The answer is in every question
An attitude is all you need to rise and walk away
Your life is yours
It fits you like your skin
The oak sleeps in the acorn
The giant sequoia tree sleeps in its tiny seed
The bird waits in the egg
God waits for his unfoldment in man
Fly on, children
You gravitate to that which you secretly love most
You meet in life the exact reproduction of your own thoughts
There is no chance, coincidence or accident
In a world ruled by law and divine order
You rise as high as your dominant aspiration
You descend to the level of your lowest concept of your self
Free your mind and your ass will follow
The infinite intelligence within you knows the answers
Its nature is to respond to your thoughts
Be careful of the thought-seeds you plant in the garden of your mind
For seeds grow after their kind
Play on, children
Every thought felt as true
Or allowed to be accepted as true by your conscious mind
Take roots in your subconscious
Blossoms sooner or later into an act
And bears its own fruit
Good thoughts bring forth good fruit
Bullshit thoughts rot your meat
Think right, and you can fly
The kingdom of heaven is within
Free your mind, and your ass will follow
Play on, children
Sing on, lady
RIP Eddie Hazel
I don't even think I can pick a favourite LP of theirs, but these ones i could never live without:
Funkadelic - s/t
Let's take it to the stage
Just amazing music.
S/T - GREAT album. Nothing that puts it above Maggot or Cosmic though...
Maggot Brain - this might be the one.
America Eats - kind of unfocused. Brilliant but not as good a listen start to finish IMO
Free Your Mind - fun, but honestly this is a long jam session on acid. They cut it overnight. It shows.
Cosmic Slop - THIS IS MY JAME!@!!!! FUCKING A... Witch's Castle is heartbreaking, and the title track blows my mind every time... I CAN HEAR MY MOTHER CALL, I CAN HEAR MY MOTHER CALL.... so fucking good. This album haunts my trips across the plains
OK I gotta go with Cosmic Slop.
but they acheive this sound like no one else.
but yeah. hard to pick.
I WAAAAANNA KNOW IF ITS GOOOD TO YOU BABY CUZ IT SHOOOO IS GOOOOD TO MEEEEE
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That's funny, cause I can't choose just one, but that's the one I was going to choose just cause I'm listening to it currently.
Shit is deeep.
Tales of Kidd Funkadelic, LEt's Take it To the Stage, even Electric Splanking.. all of it is dope.
People sitting next to me in traffic mus think I'm a total nutcase singing along to that shit.
George could sing like a mother with that freaky ass voice of his.. too bad all he can do these days is yell "party people pumpin their fists like this!" over and over again. Crack'll do that to you I guess.
This rocks harder than Zep or the Chili Peppers could ever imagine. Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts haunts me to this day. The guitar on this probably had Hendrix rolling in his grave.
I'm also kinda fond of their goofier shit...
Doo Doo Chasers, Atmosphere, Icka Prick, Take Your Dead Ass Home, Let's Take It To The Stage.
Little miss muffet sat on her tuffet snorting some THC
Along came a spider, slid down beside her
Said what's in the bag bitch
Oh yeah, that sermon on Eulogy & Light utilizing a backward Open Our eyes is on some sublime shit.
Funkadelic ran the emotional gamut like no other band before or since.
Pretty damn close!!!! Im saying, for a group to keep you guessing as much, and to "go off" as much, the are always really, in the pocket. For me, this is one of my "Favorite Music To Pass Out To" entries for sure, or act like a retard in the bathroom mirror, or in the car, or at the bar, or IN MY MIND to, and yes i like them on a plane.
Hazel was the fucking dude, no question though.
I'd have to go with "Hardcore Jollies", simply because it was the first one I bought at a local fleamarket when I was 15. It's a good link between the psych-rock period and the later synth-funky style. Blew my mind. I was totally digging the cheeky freaky lyrics, Worrell's spacey keys, Ray Davis' subwoofer voice, the whole trip. And the live version of "Cosmic Slop" is baaaaad. Maybe not the overall best LP, but I got memories.
"Space people, universal love"
Put the "Cosmic Slop LP in second place.
With "Standing On The Verge Of Getting it on" a close second for me.
Fave P-Funk solo jams anyone?
really how wrong can you go though????
Gary Shider the rhythm guitarist is the vocalist and yes he does sound like Sly.
He's not in that photo. The musicians (Eddie Hazel, Tawl Ross, Billy Bass, Tiki Fullwood, and Bernie Worrell) are in the pic. The vocalists (including George) were not 'official' members of Funkadelic at that time due to contractual reasons.
None of them are George are any of the vocalists (the Parliaments) because they were signed to Invictus at the time. Funkadelic originally was the 5 piece band (Eddie hazel: lead guitar, Tal Ross: rhythm guitar, Mickey Atckins: organ, Billy Bass: bass, Tiki Fullwood: drums). The Parliaments (George, Fuzzy Haskins, Ray Davis, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas) as a vocal group, save Clinton the producer, appeared as guests for the first three Westbound albums while they were still under contract.
Maggot Brain photo: Tal Ross (guy w/ sun glasses and tassled jacket), Bernie Worrell (scrawny guy on the left), Tiki Fullwood (shorter guy in "The Harder They Come" style hat, Bill Nelson (the other taller guy).
My favorite album that hasn't been mentioned is a Live CD I got in 96 that must not be in print anymore. It was recorded in 1971 in Michigan and it's nuts:
14 min version of Maggot Brain w/ the entire band...
Stooges-style rave up instrumental of Alice in My Fantasies...
15 min version of "All your Goodies are Gone" that sounds like a mutant psychedelic gospel sermon from 9 schizophrenics....
Anybody else have this. Absolutely sick.
"I Want to Know if It's Good to Ya Baby" musta been a huge hit in New Orleans throughout the 70's...because without anyone I knew owning the album I found myself years later realizing that I knew the song like the back of my hand. Chalk it up with War's "Slippin into Darkness" as one of those definitive period pieces.
Much obliged for the knowledge.
as far as favorites, i can't find my s/t titled anywhere ( ), so i can't make a definite call on my favorite right now, but tenatively i'll go with maggot brain, like a few people mentioned, the title track is probably the most greatest song ever recorded.
do you guys file your parliament and funkadelic seperately and if not do you put em under p or f? i've got them together under f.
So who's the bald-headed guy about to throw a brick?
Tal Ross (guy w/ sun glasses and tassled jacket)