Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Funkadelic - Better By The Pound

Most funkateers know this album in and out. If you don't know it, you should probably drop whatever it is that you're doing and go get this. Even if that means you stop reading this blog right now. This is an album I got recently to have in stock at the Vamp record shop. As a kid at my neighborhood record store this was a major turning point and fathoms deep rabbit hole of an album to be exposed to. I must have been 17 or 18 years old. Working at the record shop has brought back alot of the community and relationship back to sharing, exposing and learning about music for me. This record in particular I think should be a staple for our shop and is a milestone for anyone curious about funk. You could easily contend that many other Funkadelic LP's are worthy of the same noteriety, also being incredibly versatile and ingenious pieces of higher funk 'art', yet even the die hard Funkadelic fans would agree this LP opens up a serious can of whoop ass unlike many others. It's more polished than it's predecessors, and seems to flaunt more studio trickery than previous LP's. And, gracefully pushes boundaries, something they always enjoyably do, but stretch new webs with stuff like 'Mama be my beach' and what could easily be the FCC's worst nightmare with 'Shit God damn get off your ass and jam''.

I'm not even touching on the incredible musicianship on these albums. These cats were the top of the creme of the crop of the funk world. All wickedly talented and sharp with their instruments, and constantly oozing with creativity. But, it's that slick, and crafty ingenuity that is woven throughout all these records that sets them a brand apart. Still does. Honestly I could go on and on about this album. Or, any album by Funkadelic or Parliament for that matter. This camp of funkateers never ceases to amaze me. And, when the 'themes' and 'jokes' and 'language' they create repeat, compliment and paint a broader larger picture they give way to a deeper experience for listening.Their overall body of work is stunning.

But, there's something even deeper that comes from any entry point into the world of the Parliament/Funkadelic thang. Meaning more or less that there is no wrong album to start with, they are ALL amazing. They are incredibly ingenious and individualistic musicians that have left a legacy that hasn't even been close to being even remotely touched. This is why it is such a treasure to share this group, especially when it's held up to the standards of what is today called 'music'.....nothing comes close to our forefathers know as Funkadelic. Now hopefully you can tell your kids what's up when they ask you.. 'Mommy, what's a Funkadelic?'

Funkadelic - Better By The Pound

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