Not quite as schizophrenic as its predecessors, Standing On the Verge of Getting It On returns Funkadelic to the searing hard-rock assault of Maggot Brain. Opening with “Red Hot Momma,” a song that blends Led Zeppelin’s wattage with James Brown’s rhythms, the album surges from the very first minutes. Guitarist Eddie Hazel is the album’s undeniable star, his live-wire riffs leading the charge on “Vital Juices” and “Alice In My Fantasies.” His solo piece, “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts,” is a continuation of the title track from Maggot Brain; over a languid arpeggio, Hazel’s guitar howls through time and space, confirming his reputation as the only axeman who could sit at the table with Jimi Hendrix. Equally essential is “I’ll Stay,” a narcotic remake of “I’ll Wait,” a song by George Clinton’s ‘60s doo-wop band the Parliaments. Then, of course, there is the title track, one of P-Funk’s mightiest fusions of heavy metal attitude, psychedelic sexuality, and devastatingly groovy R&B.
Red Hot Momma
Alice In My Fantasies
Standing On the Verge of Getting It On
Jimmy's Got a Little Bit of Bitch In Him
Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts
Vital Juices (1975 Version)
Standing On the Verge of Getting It On (Single Edit)