George Clinton, mastermind behind this group and the Grand Poobah of Funk, once described Parliament as "the Temptations on acid." Here we're treated to almost 80 minutes of down-and-dirty jams across 14 tracks originally released in the years 1974-80, the group's heyday. Every time I think of Clinton, I think of this old ad where he promises to drop a funk bomb:
And that's what this CD is: a funk bomb. Nothing more need be said.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: The group's two Top 40 hits are here - Flash Light (#16) and Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) (#15), but those two funk masterpieces are rightly available on pretty much any funk compilation along with the first-rate Up For The Down Stroke. I came to this party to find gems I was previously unfamiliar with: Bop Gun and Do That Stuff. I usually stop listening after 9 tracks. I don't know if the remaining songs just aren't as good as the earlier stuff or if I can only handle the funk in moderation. Probably the latter.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This CD has accompanied me on many a long, hot road trip as well as often being a part of the soundtrack to a Saturday afternoon of beef rib smokin'.