Thursday, July 3, 2008

Funkadelic - Funk Gets Stronger

Musicologists love to debate where Jimi Hendrix may have ventured had he not tragically died in 1970. It is true the master was going to work with Miles Davis, and that would have been monumental. It is worth exploring the possibilities of a foray into the newly developing funk scene as well, and nobody came closer to carrying on the Hendrix legacy than Funkadelic.

If Hawkwind had listened to nothing but Herbie Hancock's Blue Note records, then I have a hunch that they would've sounded like Funkadelic or like Miles Davis, ca. 1975. Either way, they would have been just as good -- only much, much different. But the differences between heavy Funkadelic and electric Miles are not that many or that great. The point is that Funkadelic cherry-pick elements from rock, funk, jazz, heavy metal, and space rock, and they do so very, very well. Unlike records that simply sample a diverse number of styles or genres, this record seemlessly combines, mixes, and matches those genres. The end result is a wonder to behold, and so this record should appeal to many people with different musical tastes. If the Jimi Hendrix Experience had covered CAN, then they would have sounded like this. Soul music meets Krautrock. While that may sound contrived, it's not so difficult to imagine how sensuous would be just such a sound.

This is a nice intro – something of a best of – hitting all but one of their longer funkier jams from their mid period. Cosmic Slop and Maggot Brain are absolute guitar standouts, no collection should be without.

1. Funk Gets Stronger (Killer Millimeter Longer Version) 2. Cosmic Slop
3. One Nation Under a Groove 4. Maggot Brain [Live] 5. If You Got Funk, You Got Style
6. Cholly (Funk Gettin Ready to Roll) 7. (Not Just) Knee Deep
8. Electric Spanking of War Babies 9. Icka Prick 10. Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!




Trustar said...

Big Boss Man

Thanks for the Funk

Have a great weekend.


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