8 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first Funkadelic album not featuring Eddie Hazel, Tales of Kidd Funkadelic finds the band drifting away from hard rock and towards the lackadaisical Martian funk of George Clinton’s more palatable outfit, Parliament. Hastily assembled from outtakes from the Hardcore Jollies sessions, the album lacks the thematic unity that elevates so many of P-Funk’s LPs. Nonetheless, it contains some inspired work. The eccentric thump of “Take Your Dead A*s Home” and the free-floating groove of “How Do Yeaw View You?” are excellent tracks that sound more like leftovers from Parliament’s Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo than any Funkadelic album. In a typical fusion of hallucination and hypnosis, “I’m Never Gonna Tell It” is George Clinton’s wonderfully bizarre attempt at choral work. And even without Eddie Hazel’s fire, “Let’s Take It to the People” and “Butt to Butt Resuscitation” are fierce enough to recall Funkadelic’s red-hot and heavy early years.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first Funkadelic album not featuring Eddie Hazel, Tales of Kidd Funkadelic finds the band drifting away from hard rock and towards the lackadaisical Martian funk of George Clinton’s more palatable outfit, Parliament. Hastily assembled from outtakes from the Hardcore Jollies sessions, the album lacks the thematic unity that elevates so many of P-Funk’s LPs. Nonetheless, it contains some inspired work. The eccentric thump of “Take Your Dead A*s Home” and the free-floating groove of “How Do Yeaw View You?” are excellent tracks that sound more like leftovers from Parliament’s Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo than any Funkadelic album. In a typical fusion of hallucination and hypnosis, “I’m Never Gonna Tell It” is George Clinton’s wonderfully bizarre attempt at choral work. And even without Eddie Hazel’s fire, “Let’s Take It to the People” and “Butt to Butt Resuscitation” are fierce enough to recall Funkadelic’s red-hot and heavy early years.

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