By Way Of The Drums

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
To a certain degree, you can say that Funkadelic's By Way of the Drum is a kin to Prince's The Black Album -- it's a completed album that was shelved, and it seemed like it would never see the light of day. The story goes something like this: in the mid-'80s, Funkadelic completed the album for MCA Records, who then rejected the release, before (supposedly) misplacing the master tapes. Almost two decades later, the tapes were found, and By Way of the Drum finally saw its belated release in 2007. Those expecting another classic like Maggot Brain or Standing on the Verge of Getting It On will be disappointed, as the album reflects the clean-sounding robotic funk style that was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
To a certain degree, you can say that Funkadelic's By Way of the Drum is a kin to Prince's The Black Album -- it's a completed album that was shelved, and it seemed like it would never see the light of day. The story goes something like this: in the mid-'80s, Funkadelic completed the album for MCA Records, who then rejected the release, before (supposedly) misplacing the master tapes. Almost two decades later, the tapes were found, and By Way of the Drum finally saw its belated release in 2007. Those expecting another classic like Maggot Brain or Standing on the Verge of Getting It On will be disappointed, as the album reflects the clean-sounding robotic funk style that was commonplace in the '80s. And as evidenced by such tunes as "Nose Bleed" and especially the title track, the album doesn't exactly spotlight the group's strongest songwriting hour (a pointless cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" helps pad the track listing). By Way of the Drum will only be of interest for diehards interested in hearing this curious relic from the vaults. The rest of us can stick with the aforementioned classics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602517048393
  • Catalog Number: 000739902
  • Sales rank: 101,838

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Funkadelic Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jack Bruce Composer
Jeff Lorber Producer, Audio Production
Deborah Barsha Composer
Pete Brown Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
George Clinton Composer, Audio Production
Dewayne Blackbyrd McKnight Composer
Garry Shider Composer, Writer
David Spradley Composer, Writer
Alan Leeds Liner Notes
Tracey Lewis Composer
Willie Collins Composer
Diem Jones Composer
A.J. Barratt Tray Photo
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
George Clinton Jr. Composer
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