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Funkadelic was the debut album by the American funk band Funkadelic, released in 1970 on Westbound Records. The album showcased a strong bass and rhythm section, as well as lengthy jam sessions, future trademarks of the band. The album contains two remakes of songs from The Parliaments, an earlier band featuring George Clinton: "I Bet You" and "Good Old Music".
"Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and "What is Soul" contained the beginnings of Funkadelic's mythology, namely that "Funkadelic" and "the Funk" are alien in origin but not dangerous.
Funkadelic's self-titled 1970 debut is one of the group's best early- to mid-'70s albums. Not only is it laden with great songs -- "I'll Bet You" and "I Got a Thing..." are obvious highlights -- but it retains perhaps a greater sense of classic '60s soul and R&B than any successive George Clinton-affiliated album. Recording for the Detroit-based Westbound label, at the time Funkadelic were in the same boat as psychedelic soul groups such as the Temptations, who had just recorded their landmark Cloud Nine album across town at Motown, and other similar groups. Yet no group had managed to effectively balance big, gnarly rock guitars with crooning, heartfelt soul at this point in time quite like Funkadelic.
Clinton's songs are essentially conventional soul songs in the spirit of Motown or Stax -- steady rhythms, dense arrangements, choruses of vocals -- but with a loud, overdriven, fuzzy guitar lurking high in the mix. And when Clinton's songs went into their chaotic moments of jamming, there was no mistaking the Hendrix influence. Furthermore, Clinton's half-quirky, half-trippy ad libs during "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and "What Is Soul" can be mistaken for no one else -- they're pure-cut P-Funk. Successive albums portray Funkadelic drifting further toward rock, funk, and eventually disco, especially once Bernie Worrell began playing a larger role in the group. Never again would the band be this attuned to its '60s roots, making self-titled release a revealing and unique record that's certainly not short on significance, clearly marking the crossroads between '60s soul and '70s funk.
"I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" was particularly notable for the epic guitar solo by Rare Earth's Ray Monette. "I Bet You" was later covered by the Jackson 5 on their album ABC, and sampled by the Beastie Boys for their song "Car Thief". In more recent years The Red Hot Chili Peppers have combined the main riff of "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and certain parts of the lyrics from "What Is Soul?" in live shows, a version appears as a B-Side on their 2002 single "By the Way".
01."Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" (George Clinton) - 9:04
02."I Bet You" (George Clinton, Patrick Lindsey, Sidney Barnes) - 6:10 (released as a single: Westbound 150)
03."Music for My Mother" (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson) - 5:37 (released as a single: Westbound 148)
04."I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" (Clarence Haskins) - 3:52
05."Good Old Music" (George Clinton) - 7:59
06."Qualify and Satisfy" (George Clinton, Billy Nelson, Eddie Hazel) - 6:15
07."What Is Soul" (George Clinton)- 7:40
08."Can't Shake It Loose" (George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Joanne Jackson, Rose Marie McCoy) - 2:28
09."I Bet You" (George Clinton, Patrick Lindsey, Sidney Barnes) - 4:10
10."Music for My Mother" (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson) - 5:17
11."As Good as I Can Feel" (George Clinton, Clarence Haskins) - 2:31
12."Open Our Eyes" (Leon Lumpkins) - 3:58
13."Qualify and Satisfy" (George Clinton, Billy Nelson, Eddie Hazel) - 3:00
14."Music for My Mother" (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson) - 6:14