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Album Review

Funkadelic's late-'70s and early-'80s material has been recycled countless times on a variety of different compilations over the years. Not surprisingly, 2000's The Original Cosmic Funk Crew is no different. Plucking tracks from four classic Funkadelic releases — 1976's Hardcore Jollies, 1978's One Nation Under a Groove, 1979's Uncle Jam Wants You, and 1981's The Electric Spanking of War Babies — the ten-track set features such standouts as "One Nation Under a Groove," "(Not Just) Knee Deep," and "If You Got Funk, You Got Style." But since Funkadelic's early and latter-day recordings were on separate labels (Westbound and Priority, respectively), there has yet to be an extensive Funkadelic compilation that spans their entire recording career, 1970-1981.


Formed: 1968

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '10s

Though they often took a back seat to their sister group Parliament, Funkadelic furthered the notions of black rock begun by Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, blending elements of '60s psychedelia and blues plus the deep groove of soul and funk. The band pursued album statements of social/political commentary while Parliament stayed in the funk singles format, but Funkadelic nevertheless paralleled the more commercial group's success, especially in the late '70s when the interplay between bands moved the...
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