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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.

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Standing on the Verge...

When I was in high school and first heard this (1974), it was the "bomb". I still love it. The album after this is also very kewl-Tales of Kid Funkadelic. I'm ten years younger than George, and I can still Bounce to It. Can you Paradigm???? (George Clinton-How Late Do U Have to BB4UR Absent?-2005)

Even If You Don't Dig It...

You'll love it. Depending on the angle of the dangle, increased by the heat of the meat, and by the proposition that all men are not created equal, you will fall in love with this album. Some of the greatest work is on here. Everything is great on here. A bit short, but definitely worth every penny. Play on, Jimmy.

Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

A sweet mix of funk, soul, and classic rock make this one a must. Where's the radio play for "Sexy Ways"? Your next party needs "Red Hot Momma".


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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