Saturday, October 27, 2007

410. Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove (1978)

Track Listing

1. One nation under a groove
2. Groovallegiance
3. Who says a funk band can't play rock
4. Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis enema squad
5. Into you
6. Cholly (Funk getting ready to roll)


Funkadelic's back with another pretty fun album, I've always been more of a fan of Parliament than Funkadelic really, and this album is not changing my opinion, this is no Mothership Connection, but it is still pretty nifty and funky.

Most of the tracks are really good here, with the single exception of Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis which just sounds a bit too gratuitous in its scatological lyrics, but that taint (see what I did there?) is compensated by some other pretty amazing tracks. Particular highlights are the title track and Who says a funk band can't play rock, both of which are pretty excellent.

In the end if you like funk and are out of Parliament albums this is definitely one to get, it is fun, makes you tap your feet along, dance around while being quite political at the same time, and this is really all you want or can demand of Funk. Get it.

Track Highlights

1. One Nation Under A Groove
2. Who says a funk band can't play rock
3. Groovallegiance
4. Cholly (Funk getting ready to roll)

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

One Nation Under a Groove was Funkadelic's most commercially successful album, and one of its most critically lauded; it is widely considered one of the best funk albums of all time, and one of the most influential albums of the late 1970s. It was the first album to include keyboardist and frequent songwriter Walter "Junie" Morrison. The album also marks the pinnacle of Michael Hampton's development as a guitarist as he matured from a seventeen-year old prodigy to a disciplined master of the instrument.

One Nation Under a Groove is a very loose concept album (as are most of Funkadelic's), essentially declaring the power of Funk (see P Funk mythology) to do two interconnected things: become an open-minded, happy and goal oriented person, and dance well. This is the power of Funk stated in less clear terms on previous albums (Free Your Mind... And Your Ass Will Follow).

One Nation Under a Groove, part I, look for the rest of it on youtube:

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