Funkadelic's amazing fourth album, America Eats Its Young.
I came to funk music pretty late in my musical eduction (adolescent
suspicion of music that sounds like the band are having fun, perhaps?),
but listening to it the other night I was again struck by their use of
SPACE - the funk and rhythmic hiccups are in the gaps where no-one is
playing. Plus I love the fact that guitarist Harold Beane can just hang out on that great spiky 7th chord all the way through "Loose Booty" without it getting dull.
Funkadelic - Loose Booty
was the first album to really benefit from Bootsy Collins' amazing
timing, like on this track - the whole rhythm section is totally
relentless and unstoppable. Plus there's some funky "Jew's Harp" on there and the amazing keyboards of Bernie Worrell.America...
is seen as a transitional Funkadelic album by those in the know, taking
nearly two years to record as the original line-up was falling to
pieces at the time (the album was recorded in 3 cities and features over
30 musicians). It was also where George Clinton took complete artistic
control which is probably why the album is - in the best possible way -
all over the place. They even invented a new genre on this track -
Funktry and Western, no?Funkadelic - Biological Speculation
favourite track on the album is the mental psychedelic gospel workout,
"Everybody Is Going To Make It This Time". This song is crazy.
Funkadelic - Everybody Is Going To Make It This Time
practically throw everything at this track, a huge arrangement with
massed backing vocals. The lead vocal is something else entirely - an
occasional touch of the "Sexual Chocolate"s there, methinks.
it's still utterly engrossing and strangely moving and uplifting.
There's a beautiful liquid guitar break at 3.10, but by the end of the
track it sounds like the end of the world in there. One of those tracks
where you could quite happily listen to the coda section go on forever
in a Hey Jude stylee.
Buy - America Eats Its Young
Visit - Funkadelic on Wikipedia
Visit - Funkadelic at the Motherpage
PS - the title of this post is from a song by Stax-Volt recording artists Black Nasty - I may have to post that someday...
- I recently migrated to New Blogger which works fine most of the time,
but with a few occasional glitch fests - most notably, the migration
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So if you visit an old post and the link to the
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