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After spending most of the ‘80s working on various solo projects, George Clinton reunited with founding Funkadelic members Garry Shider and Eddie Hazel to record 1989’s By Way of the Drum. The album could have easily turned into a rehash of the band’s early years, but it’s clear from the get-go that Clinton is tuned into modern sounds. “Nose Bleed” takes some cues from Janet Jackson’s work with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and also bears the imprint of Clinton’s time with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Even though the cover of “Sunshine of Your Love” is somewhat clunky, it’s a beautiful thing to hear Hazel’s searing guitar back in action, especially on “Some Fresh Delic.” The next major development in Clinton’s career would be his massive impact on hip-hop, and “Yadadada” shows that he was already following the burgeoning rap scene. Best of all the songs here is the pummeling groove of the title track, which is presented in several different mixes. “By Way of the Drum” splits the difference between Prince, Tackhead and Miami bass, and despite its anomalous production, it is easily one of the heaviest songs in Clinton’s catalog.

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By Way of Drum

Finally us Funkateers have been waiting for this moment for years. This album was shelved in the eighties by MCA and it shows it's from that period with the drum machines replacing the drummer. That is my only complaint about this album as it did have those tendencies that George Clinton followed on his solo albums to have a more synthesized sound with the exception of the two opening tracks and Some Fresh Delic. This is a must have for any funkateer and a major piece in the history of the P.

Finally they released the Cousins...

Slavery, by way of the Labels eh?

George Clinton is Pure Gold

Everything George Clinton does is Amazing.


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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