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Album Review

Not released until 1996, this was an unusual gig for the band, which was breaking in a new rhythm section (this may have been this lineup's first show) without much or any rehearsal. You can't tell from this 77-minute disc, which offers a typically amorphous, free-floating set of black rock — which is to say, judged by most standards, it's not typical music at all. Seguing from spaced-out jams to occasional numbers with vocals by George Clinton, and throwing in imaginative improvisations by guitarist Eddie Hazel and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, it sounds something like a combination of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, and Sun Ra. The 14-minute "Maggot Brain" verges on prog rock/psychedelia (in the good sense), with its almost mystical guitar lines; earthier pleasures are offered with cuts like "I Call My Baby Pussycat" (two versions). The fidelity is pretty good, though the vocals lack the presence of the instruments. Funkadelic are still shown to their best advantage on their studio recordings of the era, but this is certainly a fascinating find for fans, augmented by detailed liner notes about the gig by Rob Bowman.

Customer Reviews

Amazing Album

This is simply an amazing album. Each song is very different from the album versions, and the songs flow together beautifully, making it hard not to stop listening once started. The sound quality is surprisingly good: the crowd can barely be heard at all. I think this might be my favourite Parliament-Funkadelic album. The 15 minute "All Your Goodies Are Gone" actually leaves you wanting more, believe it or not. Highly recommended.

funkadelic live

This is an ok live album. The one thing that brings it down from being really great is the drummer's performance. He ruins a lot of the songs, especially the mood of Maggot Brain. It is really distracting because he isnt that good and is constantly trying to show off instead of support the music as a whole. If you can get over that, then the rest of the album is extremely good.

A must have for any Hendrix or Ernie Isley fan!

The best advice I can give you is to buy this album now, turn it up real loud, & enjoy life!


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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