Thursday, December 24, 2009
Funkadelic - Standing On The Verge of Getting It On 1974
Funkadelic's 1974 release STANDING ON THE VERGE OF GETTING IT ON proved to be a continuation of the more consolidated direction laid down on its predecessor, COSMIC SLOP. But STANDING is the better and stronger album, and easily Funkadelic's most consistent work since the classic MAGGOT BRAIN. Even though the band's members were, at the time, doing double duty in the more commercially oriented Parliament, Funkadelic maintained its complete allegiance here to wildly experimental, rock-influenced music.
The album begins with a lighthearted poem read by two band members, their voices sped up to sound like The Chipmunks. This leads directly into the vicious funk-rock of "Red Hot Mama" and the absolutely raging rocker, "Alice In My Fantasies." The mood calms down briefly for the soulful "I'll Stay" and the playful pop of "Sexy Ways." There are jazzy moments ("Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him"), and meditative instrumentals ("Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts"), but the topper is the title track, a manically exuberant jam that still ranks among P-funk's greatest moments.
Eddie Hazel returns to galvanize George Clinton's funky, rocky cuts on this fast and furious Funkadelic classic.
Eddie Hazel , Gary Shider- (Vocals, Guitar);
Bernie Worrell- (Vocals, Keyboards);
"Boogie" C. Mosson- (Vocals, Bass);
Calvin Simon- (Vocals, Congas);
Ramon Tiki Fulwood- (Vocals, Percussion);
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, George Clinton , Grady Thomas, Raymond Davis- (Vocals);
Ron Brylowski- (Guitar).
Leon Patillo- (Piano);
Jimmy Calhoun- (Bass);
Gary Bronson- (Drums);
Tyrone Lampkin- (Percussion).
A1. Red Hot Momma 4:54
A2. Alice In My Fantasies 2:26
A3. I'll Stay 7:16
A4. Sexy Ways 3:05
B1. Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On 5:07
B2. Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him 2:30
B3. Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts 12:17