July 6, 2012 Playlist

The Eighth Annual
Parliament / Funkadelic
Tribute Spectacular

"Osmium" by Parliament (1970)
Parliament  "Osmium"  1970 (USA)
It's time for our annual salute to America's Greatest Band, Parliament also-known-as Funkadelic!  1970 was the year when funk madness really took over.  Jimi Hendrix's final album with the all-black "power soul" Band Of Gypsys came out, Sly Stone topped the charts with the oddly titled "Thank You Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin", and Miles Davis released the seminal Bitches Brew.  Meanwhile in Detroit, Funkadelic released their first two albums that year, while simultaneously putting out this record on a different label under a different name!  As near as I have ever been able to figure, the reason for two names was simple economics:  why settle for one record contract (as Funkadelic on Westbound records) when you could have two?  And so "Parliament" released this very strange progressive soul album on the Invictus label, with pretty much the exact same singers and musicians!  And Osmium is probably the strangest album in their entire discography:  it includes not only strings and horn sections (absent from the Funkadelic records up to this point), but such odd touches as bagpipes, pedal steel, and yodeling!  Several tracks seem to have more in common with classical and country/western(!!) music than "funk".  But really, that's just one more reason why they are America's Greatest Band!  However Invictus soon went out of business, and the name Parliament wouldn't pop up again until Funkadelic tried the same trick again with Casablanca records in 1974 (which ushered in the era of their greatest success . . . . a tale for another classic album).
Here's a clip that dates from the era of this week's classic album: Parliament live on TV in 1969, and who can resist a chunk of the Mothership Connection tour of 1976, one of the most spectacular stage shows of the 20th century?  Years later, here's George still freaking out the squares on David Letterman in the 1980's, and an interesting documentary on George Clinton, the mastermind of P-Funk.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Chambers Brothers
Funky New Generation 1971 USA
James Brown
Ain't It Funky Now (alternate version)
70's Funk Classics (compilation) rec. 1970 USA
Rufus Thomas
The Funkiest Man Alive
Crown Prince Of Dance 1973 USA
Kool & The Gang
Funky Man
A-side 7" single (The Best of Kool & The Gang LP on Delite records)1970USA
ParliamentFunky Woman
Parliament I Call My Baby Pussycat
1970 USA
ParliamentLittle Ole Country Boy (by Ruth Copeland)
Funkadelic Mommy, What's A Funkadelic?
Funkadelic 1970 USA
FunkadelicFree Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow
Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow1970USA
Bootsy's Rubber Band
Shejam (Almost Bootsy Show) (co-produced & co-written by George Clinton) This Boot Is Made For Fonk-N 1979 USA
Booty Snatchers (co-produced & co-written by George Clinton)Invasion Of The Booty Snatchers
Ruth Copeland (backed up by Parliament/Funkadelic) Don't You Wish You Had (What You Had When You Had It) (co-written by George Clinton)
I Am What I Am
1971 USA
The Temptations (with Billy "Bass" Nelson and Eddie Hazel from Funkadelic) Shakey Ground (co-written by Eddie Hazel) A Song For You
1975 USA
Dr. John
Locked Down (N)2012 (Nonesuch)USA
Graham Central Station
The Jam
Ain't No 'Bout A-Doubt It
Sly & The Family Stone
I Want To Take You Higher
Stand! 1969 USA
Herbie Hancock Sly Head Hunters 1973 USA
James Brown
My Thang Hell 1974 USA
ParliamentDr. Funkenstein (live)
Parliament Live: P-Funk Earth Tour
Funkadelic Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic (Opusdelite Years)
Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic 1976 USA
Funkadelic Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts
Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On 1974 USA
Jimi Hendrix
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
Rainbow Bridge
rec. 1970, rel. 1971 USA
The Isley Brothers Summer Breeze (Seals & Croft)
3 + 3
1973 USA
Funkadelic 1973 (George Clinton in "whiteface")
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