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Tales of Kidd Funkadelic

Funkadelic

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

The first Funkadelic album not featuring Eddie Hazel, Tales of Kidd Funkadelic finds the band drifting away from hard rock and towards the lackadaisical Martian funk of George Clinton’s more palatable outfit, Parliament. Hastily assembled from outtakes from the Hardcore Jollies sessions, the album lacks the thematic unity that elevates so many of P-Funk’s LPs. Nonetheless, it contains some inspired work. The eccentric thump of “Take Your Dead A*s Home” and the free-floating groove of “How Do Yeaw View You?” are excellent tracks that sound more like leftovers from Parliament’s Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo than any Funkadelic album. In a typical fusion of hallucination and hypnosis, “I’m Never Gonna Tell It” is George Clinton’s wonderfully bizarre attempt at choral work. And even without Eddie Hazel’s fire, “Let’s Take It to the People” and “Butt to Butt Resuscitation” are fierce enough to recall Funkadelic’s red-hot and heavy early years.

Customer Reviews

Classic

Many unknown classics to uncover if you try. As for Ash's comment below, the ignorance in as clear as day. "If you don't know where you been, you'll never get to where you're goin'"

My Perosonal Fav

Many hardcore Funkadelic fans dont like this album. In my case, I'd grown up hearing mostly Parliament material, so when I first got a copy of Kidd Funkadelic, it helped my brain to fill in the gaps. I always wondered how Clinton and Co. could go from songs like 'Maggot Brain' to 'Flashlight' (in less than a decade!) and this album shows Funkadelic merging their rock-funk-soul with a more polished and orchestrated disco-funk sound. I love every song on this album, I love almost every song by Funkadelic, but the stand out tracks hear are 'Take Your Dead A*s Home' and especially 'How do Yeaw view You?'

A Great Work

At first listen, I disliked the synthiness and electricity on this album. But I gave it a chance and eventually it grew on me as it will grow on you too. Amazing work. Definitely worth more than the price here.

Biography

Formed: 1968

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Though it often took a back chair to its 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 artist's...
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