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When George Clinton won the right to use the Parliament name again, his first move was 1974’s Up for the Down Stroke. Borrowing from both Funkadelic’s approach – the groups shared lineups, after all – and Clinton’s older song catalog, the album roughly sketched the P-Funk future. “Down Stroke” itself offered elaborate horn and vocal arrangements — check out the “I don’t care about the cold, baby, ’cause when you’re hot, you’re too much” bridges — while “Testify” and “The Goose” revamped Parliament(s) 45s for the hard-funk ’70s. And non-member Peter Chase’s jazz/soft rock hybrid “I Just Got Back From the Fantasy, Ahead of Our Time in the Four Lands of Ellet” points toward the interplanetary obsession that would soon drive Mothership Connection and the crew’s unstoppable stage act. This remastered edition features the previously unreleased “Singing Another Song” and alternate mixes of the title track and “Testify.”

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The Bridge

This album forshadows what is to come in "Mothership Connection", "Clones", etc. "Presence of a Brain", "I Just Got Back" and "The Goose" show that this is more than just weird guys in crazy outfits; their musical depth is very evident. Your P-Funk collection is definitely not complete without this album.


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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