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Mothership Connection

Parliament

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Album Review

The definitive Parliament-Funkadelic album, Mothership Connection is where George Clinton's revolving band lineups, differing musical approaches, and increasingly thematic album statements reached an ideal state, one that resulted in enormous commercial success as well as a timeless legacy that would be compounded by hip-hop postmodernists, most memorably Dr. Dre on his landmark album The Chronic (1992). The musical lineup assembled for Mothership Connection is peerless: in addition to keyboard wizard Bernie Worrell; Bootsy Collins, who plays not only bass but also drums and guitar; the guitar trio of Gary Shider, Michael Hampton, and Glen Goins; and the Brecker Brothers (Michael and Randy) on horns; there are former J.B.'s Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker (also on horns), who were the latest additions to the P-Funk stable. Besides the dazzling array of musicians, Mothership Connection boasts a trio of hands-down classics — "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)," "Mothership Connection (Star Child)," "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" — that are among the best to ever arise from the funk era, each sampled and interpolated time and time again by rap producers; in particular, Dr. Dre pays homage to the former two on The Chronic (on "The Roach" and "Let Me Ride," respectively). The remaining four songs on Mothership Connection are all great also, if less canonical. Lastly, there's the overlapping outer-space theme, which ties the album together into a loose escapist narrative. There's no better starting point in the enormous P-Funk catalog than Mothership Connection, which, like its trio of classic songs, is undoubtedly among the best of the funk era.

Customer Reviews

Da Funk

I'm amazed nobody has reviewed this!!!!!! This is the real Funk, Mr G Clinton has influenced so many with his sound, come on people find out why!! You should all want to get funked up. Buy, borrow but please do not steal this album as this is reasonably priced.

Dip in your hip!!

Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip!!!!! those were the days great innovative album with fantastic funky grooves.

Found the funk

Well it took me long enough !

Parliament's music pre-dates me, but has been lurking in the periphery of my musical taste most of my life, as I grew up listening to Ice cube, dr dre, prince. . . I only just discovered this album - the original-and best- funk. What is amazing is the production quality. Even this digital download has a rich, warm, analog feel to it. It has a real 70's sound, but doesn't sound old at all. Finally, It took a while, but i finally found the funk !

I would recommend you download this classic album right now. You won't regret it.

Biography

Formed: 1970 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Inspired by Motown's assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded the ensemble during the '70s both as Parliament and Funkadelic. While Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic rock, Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, blending influences from the godfathers (James Brown and Sly Stone) with freaky costumes and themes inspired by '60s acid culture and science fiction. From its 1970 inception until Clinton's dissolving of Parliament...
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