Apr 24, 2015

Funkadelic - Music For Your Mother - Funkadelic 45s (1992, Westbound Records)

Review by Ned Raggett
Though Tales of Kidd Funkadelic brought together some oddballs and rarities from Funkadelic's early- to mid-'70s existence, it wasn't until Music for Your Mother came out that there was a full compilation of all the band's singles from birth to the mid-decade switch to Warner Bros. And what a compilation it is: Bringing together some of the band's best material as well as some of its craziest, Music for Your Mother does the business for any self-respecting P-Funk clone. Given that the focus is on A- and B-sides rather than album cuts, it isn't a truly exhaustive overview -- that would require the inclusion of songs like "Maggot Brain" and "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow," for a start. It's a small quibble in context, though, especially given the inclusion of a number of songs that never made it onto the original eight albums. Most notable is a curious rarity, the semi-smooth soul "I Miss My Baby" single, which was credited to U.S., with music by Funkadelic (U.S. being a group led by eventual P-Funk guitarist Gary Shider). As for the other B-sides and uncollected numbers, they're an understandably mixed but often interesting bunch, including alternate instrumental takes of "Music for Your Mother" and "I Wanna Know if It's Good to You," the unreleased "Can't Shake It Loose" single, the gospel/feedback freakout "Open Our Eyes," and the hilariously titled "Fish, Chips and Sweat." The amazing bonus to the whole collection is the exhaustive 24-page booklet, reviewing the entire early history of Funkadelic via archival photos and a slew of interviews with the surviving participants. Plenty of fun tales are told, but George Clinton didn't participate -- not surprising, given the unflattering picture eventually painted of him -- while the depressing fates of Eddie Hazel and Tawl Ross get deserved attention.
Disc 1:
1. Music For My Mother
2. Music For My Mother (Instrumental)
3. Can't Shake It Loose
4. As Good As I Can Feel
5. I'll Bet You
6. Qualify And Satisfy
7. Open Our Eyes
8. I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody Got A Thing
9. Fish, Chips And Sweat
10. I Wanna Know If It's Good To You
11. I Wanna Know If It's Good To You (Instrumental)
12. You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks
13. Funky Dollar Bill
14. Can You Get To That
15. Back In Our Minds
16. I Miss My Baby  

Disc 2:
1. Baby I Owe You Something Good
2. Hit It And Quit It
3. A Whole Lot Of BS
4. Loose Booty
5. A Joyful Process
6. Cosmic Slop
7. If You Don't Like The Effects, Don't Produce The Cause
8. Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On
9. Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him
10. Red Hot Mamma
11. Vital Juices
12. Better By The Pound
13. Stuffs And Things
14. Let's Take It To The Stage
15. Biological Speculation
16. Undisco Kidd
17. How Do Yeaw View You 

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Phil Gordon said...


ozrock said...

Thank you buddy! Great post for a great band! Ugo