Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Parliament Funkadelic - Discography 1970 - 1980

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, osmium, album
Osmium is the 1970 debut album by the funk band Parliament, led by George Clinton. The album has a psychedelic soul sound with a spirit of experimentation that is more similar to early Funkadelic than the later R&B-inspired Parliament albums.

The original vinyl release contained a glossy lyric sheet.

Since its re-release in 1990, Osmium has been distributed numerous times by various labels in the U.S., Europe and Japan, sometimes under alternative titles that have included Rhenium and First Thangs. A number of these reissues have featured material that was not included on the original album, such as unreleased tracks and singles that were recorded around the same time as Osmium.

The personnel for this album included the five Parliaments singers and the five backing musicians known as Funkadelic. The same personnel also recorded as Funkadelic, releasing that act's self-titled debut album also in 1970. After the release of Osmium, contractual difficulties prevented further recording under the name Parliament until 1974, when Clinton signed that act to Casablanca Records and positioned it as an R&B-inspired counterpoint to the more rock-oriented Funkadelic.

The yodeling that arguably uniquely identifies one of De La Soul's early hits, "Potholes In My Lawn" (which eventually appeared on De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising), comes from Osmium's "Little Old Country Boy".

1. "I Call My Baby Pussycat" (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel, Billy "Bass" Nelson) – 4:24 (released as a single-Invictus 9077 under the name "A Parliament Thang")
2. "Put Love in Your Life" (Clinton, Vivian Lewis) – 5:07
3. "Little Old Country Boy" (Ruth Copeland) – 3:58
4. "Moonshine Heather" (Clinton) – 4:05
5. "Oh Lord, Why Lord/Prayer" (Copeland, P. Trim, based on Pachelbel's Canon) – 5:00
6. "My Automobile" (Clinton, Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins) – 4:45
7. "There Is Nothing Before Me But Thang" (Clinton, Bobby Harris, Hazel, Bernie Worrell) – 3:56
8. "Funky Woman" (Clinton, Worrell) – 2:56
9. "Livin' the Life" (Clinton, Nelson, Worrell) – 5:57
10. "The Silent Boatman" (Copeland) – 5:45

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, down stroke, album
Up for the Down Stroke is a 1974 album by Parliament. It was the band's second album (following 1970's Osmium), and their first to be released on Casablanca Records. The album's title track was Parliament's first chart hit and remains one of the most well-known P-Funk songs. The album also contains a funk reworking of The Parliaments' song "(I Wanna) Testify" under the title "Testify".

1. "Up for the Down Stroke" – 5:10
2. "Testify" – 3:49
3. "The Goose" – 9:13
4. "I Can Move You (If You Let Me)" – 2:47
5. "I Just Got Back [From the Fantasy, Ahead of Our Time in the Four Lands of Ellet]" (P Chase) – 4:33
6. "All Your Goodies Are Gone" – 5:07
7. "Whatever Makes Baby Feel Good" – 6:01
8. "Presence of a Brain" – 3:19

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, chocolate city, album
Chocolate City is a 1975 album by the funk band Parliament. It has a theme of love of Washington, D.C., where the group was particularly popular. The album's cover includes images of the United States Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial in the form of a chocolate medallion, as well as sticker labeled "Washington DC".

1. "Chocolate City" – 5:37
2. "Ride On" – 3:34
3. "Together" – 4:07
4. "Side Effects" – 3:13
5. "What Comes Funky" – 2:23
6. "Let Me Be" – 5:37
7. "If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)" – 2:07
8. "I Misjudged You" – 5:14
9. "Bigfootin'" – 4:50

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, mothership connection, album
Mothership Connection is the fourth album by American funk band Parliament, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). This concept album of P Funk mythology is usually rated as one of Parliament's best. Mothership Connection was the first P-funk album to feature Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, who had left The J.B.'s, James Brown's backing band. "Mothership Connection" became Parliament's first album to be certified gold and later platinum.

1. "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 7:41
2. "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 6:13
3. "Unfunky UFO" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/G. Shider) – 4:23
4. "Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell/G. Shider) – 5:03
5. "Handcuffs" (G. Clinton/G. Goins/McLaughlin) – 3:51
6. "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 5:46
7. "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/G. Shider) – 5:10

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, the clones of dr. funkenstein, album
The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein 1976 is an album by funk band Parliament, released in 1976. The album is notable for featuring horn arrangements by ex-James Brown band member, Fred Wesley. The album charted at #20 on the Billboard pop chart and became Parliament's second album to be certified gold. Two singles were released off the album, "Do That Stuff", which charted at #22, and "Dr. Funkenstein" which charted at #43.[1]

1. "Prelude" – 1:40
2. "Gamin' on Ya!" – 3:02
3. "Dr. Funkenstein" – 5:46
4. "Children of Productions" – 3:57
5. "Getten' to Know You" – 5:20
6. "Do That Stuff" – 4:47
7. "Everything is on the One" – 3:47
8. "I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)" – 6:01
9. "Funking for Fun" – 5:56

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