Funkadelic - America Eats Its Young - 1972 Psych Funk Ltd 500 Blue Purple Vinyl 2LP
Funkadelic - America Eats Its Young
Label: 4 Men With Beards
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Opaque Turquoise + Translucent Purple
Originally Released: 1972
Released: 16 Oct 2015
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul
A1 You Hit The Nail On The Head 7:10
A2 If You Don't Like The Effects, Don't Produce The Cause 3:43
A3 Everybody Is Going To Make It This Time 5:50
B1 A Joyful Process 6:10
B2 We Hurt Too 3:47
B3 Loose Booty 4:45
B4 Philmore 2:40
C1 Pussy 5:00
C2 America Eats Its Young 5:45
C3 Biological Speculation 3:00
C4 That Was My Girl 3:41
D1 Balance 5:25
D2 Miss Lucifer's Love 5:50
D3 Wake Up 6:20
If you listened to no other Funkadelic album before this, you'd be astonished at the wide stylistic range this band covers. They cover the blues, classic R & B, the psychedelic rock era, Motown, and the social-political upheaval of American culture that started in the 1960's. They comment on just about every controversial issue in the culture, after all, it's all on the minds of the people. But its not even about lyrics here, as they soak it all into some invigorating music. A dense record throughout, and worthy of taking in a little at a time, or blasting loudly all the way through. Wonderful playing, serious and humorous lyrics all blended together--you get your money's worth with this batch of tunes.
"You Hit the Nail on the Head" features an irresistibly catchy groove and a gradual shift in vocal melodies as it progresses through its 7 minute timespan. I love it. It's pretty easy to get caught up into something this good. I absolutely LOVE the devastastingly emotional impact that is "Everybody Is Going To Make It This Time". The entire vocal melody brings me close to tears, seriously.
What would a Funkadelic album be without grooves? Well actually I wasn't even aware the band was a groove-based funk band, despite the "Funk" in Funkadelic. This is because Maggot Brain led me to believe otherwise. Anyway, "A Joyful Process" is entirely groovy, and a LOT of fun.
Call me crazy, but some of the instrumental work in "Loose Booty" reminds me of the legendary Frank Zappa, I totally kid you not. Perhaps I'm thinking about that one keyboard solo in the middle that seems outrageous and offbeat in a Zappa kind of way. I love it. The female vocals might repeat some of the lines a little too often, but approaching the song as a groove-based rocker, it works amazingly well.
Elsewhere you have a song like "Miss Lucifer's Love" that focuses on a repetitive, but extremely effective, guitar riff that's definitely reminiscent of a rock band (and not a funk/groove-based rock band). That's what makes Funkadelic so original, I suppose.
"Balance" has a fairly ordinay vocal melody, but it's catchy enough to get the job done. "Wake Up" ends on a cheery and upbeat note, though perhaps it's a tad overlong by a minute or so.
Funkadelic - A Joyful Process - 1972
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Funkadelic - You Hit The Nail On The Head
Mind blowin' funk..
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|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|
|Label||4 Men with Beards|