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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Parliament

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Choosing between the many Parliament best-ofs isn't an easy task; in fact, the single-disc collections are all so similar that it's barely even worth belaboring the task. But if you do want to labor a bit in hopes of getting the absolute perfect single-disc best-of, this is one of your best options. First of all, above anything, skip Greatest Hits The Bomb; there isn't anything wrong with its choices -- they're perfect -- but that album runs only 55 minutes, wasting invaluable CD space. That's where this collection becomes a better choice, making the most of its length by adding "Testify," "Agony of Defeet," and full-length versions of songs such as "Flashlight." You ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Choosing between the many Parliament best-ofs isn't an easy task; in fact, the single-disc collections are all so similar that it's barely even worth belaboring the task. But if you do want to labor a bit in hopes of getting the absolute perfect single-disc best-of, this is one of your best options. First of all, above anything, skip Greatest Hits The Bomb; there isn't anything wrong with its choices -- they're perfect -- but that album runs only 55 minutes, wasting invaluable CD space. That's where this collection becomes a better choice, making the most of its length by adding "Testify," "Agony of Defeet," and full-length versions of songs such as "Flashlight." You could argue, of course, that The Best of Parliament: Give Up the Funk is an even better collection than 20th Century Masters, which it is not having "Testify," but instead offering "Let's Play House," "Ride On," "Theme From the Black Hole," and "Do That Stuff", but that's a near-futile argument since they are practically facsimiles of one another. If you can find The Best of Parliament, get it over this album; it's a better choice. But don't go out of your way to find that album, because 20th Century Masters is a fine best-of, filled with nothing but Parliament anthems. There honestly aren't any weak moments here, with the possible exception of "Agony of Defeet," a latter-day song by the group that would have been better off replaced. Still, that's being highly critical. This is a perfect starting point; pick it up and chances are that either you'll struggle to stomach Parliament's funk or, more likely, find yourself searching out the group's full-lengths.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731454699822
  • Catalog Number: 546998
  • Sales rank: 3,707

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Parliament Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell Keyboards
Michael Brecker Horn
Eddie Hazel Guitar, Vocals
Maceo Parker Horn
Walter "Junie" Morrison Guitar, Keyboards
Philippe Wynne Background Vocals
Tony Thomas Guitar
Dennis Chambers Percussion, Snare Drums
Greg Black Horn
Bootsy Collins Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Snare Drums
Greg Boyer Horn
Jerome Brailey Percussion, Snare Drums
Randy Brecker Horn
Gary Bronson Percussion, Snare Drums
Linda Brown Background Vocals
Ron Bykowski Guitar
Jessica Cleaves Background Vocals
George Clinton Vocals
Phelps "Catfish" Collins Guitar
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper Vocals
Benny Cowan Horn
Rodney Curtis Bass
Raymond Davis Vocals
Ronald Dunbar Background Vocals
Joe Farrell Horn
Ron Ford Background Vocals
Mallia Franklin Background Vocals
Lawrence Fratangelo Percussion, Snare Drums
Ramon Tiki Fulwood Percussion, Snare Drums
Rick Gardner Horn
Glen Goins Guitar, Vocals
Richard "Kush" Griffith Horn
Michael Hampton Guitar
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Vocals
Larry Hatcher Horn
Sheila Horne Background Vocals
Joel Johnson Background Vocals
Taka Khan Background Vocals
Tyrone Lampkin Percussion, Snare Drums
Clay Lawrey Horn
Dewayne Blackbyrd McKnight Bass, Guitar
Cordell Mosson Bass
Sam Peake Horn
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals
Dawn Silva Background Vocals
Calvin Simon Vocals
Carl "Butch" Small Percussion, Snare Drums
Grady Thomas Vocals
Greg Thomas Horn
Pamela Vincent Background Vocals
Jeanette "Baby" Washington Background Vocals
Fred Wesley Horn
Debbie Wright Background Vocals
Shirley Hayden Background Vocals
Michael "Clip" Payne Background Vocals
Cheryl James Background Vocals
Tracey Lewis Background Vocals
David Lee Chong Keyboards
Jeannette McGruder Background Vocals
Darryl Dixon Horn
Janice Evans Background Vocals
Larry Heckstall Background Vocals
Lonnie Greene Percussion, Snare Drums
Gordon Carlton Guitar
Kenny Colton Percussion, Snare Drums
Donnie Sterling Bass
Bryan Chimenti Background Vocals
Linda Shider Background Vocals
Danny Cortez Horn
Valerie Drayton Horn
Debbie Edwards Background Vocals
Lynn Mawbry Background Vocals
Prakash John Bass
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell Arranger, Composer, Horn Arrangements
Eddie Hazel Arranger
Bootsy Collins Arranger, Composer
Jerome Brailey Composer
George Clinton Arranger, Composer, Producer, Concept
Ronald Dunbar Producer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Sam Peake Horn Arrangements
Garry Shider Composer
Harry Weinger Annotation
Fred Wesley Horn Arrangements
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