14 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As heavy as Led Zeppelin, as free as Jimi Hendrix, and as soulful as anything on Motown, Funkadelic is one of pop music’s most auspicious debuts. After training for years with various R&B groups in the Detroit underground, George Clinton and his multitude of players broke through in 1970. The music herein represents the far side of the other side. Utilizing an entire chorus of voices, Clinton serves here as director of his own hedonistic congregation. There is volcanic force moving through these songs, provided in large part by bassist Billy Nelson, drummer Tiki Fulwood, and keyboardist Bernie Worrell. But the album’s most spectacular weapon is Eddie Hazel, whose explosive guitar work is every inch the equal of Jimi Hendrix. This edition of Funkadelic adds cuts and alternate takes from several 45s released by Westbound during the same period. “As Good As I Can Feel” is pure pungent funk, but the real surprise is “Open Our Eyes,” a sincere expression of gospel that both subverts and strengthens the band’s psychedelic intentions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As heavy as Led Zeppelin, as free as Jimi Hendrix, and as soulful as anything on Motown, Funkadelic is one of pop music’s most auspicious debuts. After training for years with various R&B groups in the Detroit underground, George Clinton and his multitude of players broke through in 1970. The music herein represents the far side of the other side. Utilizing an entire chorus of voices, Clinton serves here as director of his own hedonistic congregation. There is volcanic force moving through these songs, provided in large part by bassist Billy Nelson, drummer Tiki Fulwood, and keyboardist Bernie Worrell. But the album’s most spectacular weapon is Eddie Hazel, whose explosive guitar work is every inch the equal of Jimi Hendrix. This edition of Funkadelic adds cuts and alternate takes from several 45s released by Westbound during the same period. “As Good As I Can Feel” is pure pungent funk, but the real surprise is “Open Our Eyes,” a sincere expression of gospel that both subverts and strengthens the band’s psychedelic intentions.

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