Chocolate City [Bonus Tracks]

Chocolate City [Bonus Tracks]

by Parliament
     
 

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Parliament's second album for Casablanca, following Up for the Down Stroke (1974), Chocolate City isn't one of the group's better-known albums. Unlike its predecessor and successive albums such as Mothership Connection (1976), it lacks a signature hit; even though the title track and "Ride On" charted as…  See more details below

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Parliament's second album for Casablanca, following Up for the Down Stroke (1974), Chocolate City isn't one of the group's better-known albums. Unlike its predecessor and successive albums such as Mothership Connection (1976), it lacks a signature hit; even though the title track and "Ride On" charted as singles, they're minor in comparison to definitive classics such as "Up for the Down Stroke" and "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)." Though it's not one of the better-known Parliament albums, Chocolate City is nonetheless one of their best and perhaps most underrated. There's a wealth of musical talent to be heard here -- most notably Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, and Eddie Hazel -- and an emphasis on horns and harmony vocals. Plus, there's no overarching narrative as there would be on successive albums, occasionally to a fault. Instead, this is a collection of stand-alone songs, none topping the six-minute mark. Regardless of its lack of signature hits, Chocolate City is a Parliament album that shouldn't be overlooked. [The 2003 reissue boasts improved sound, new liner notes, and the addition of three songs: the previously unreleased "Common Law Wife," a three-minute, funky soul stomper that sounds a bit like a lost Curtis Mayfield track, and alternate takes of "If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)" and "I Misjudged You."]

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Rolling Stone - Ben Ratliff
By Chocolate City (1975), the band had the plot down: Bernie Worrell's space-age keyboard sounds, Bootsy Collins' watery bass lines, Clinton's mad-ringmaster raps.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0044007702727
catalogNumber:
077027
Rank:
22698

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Parliament   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Eddie Hazel   Vocals
Bootsy Collins   Bass,Guitar
George Clinton   Vocals
Raymond Davis   Vocals
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins   Vocals
Tyrone Lampkin   Drums
Cordell Mosson   Bass,Guitar
Garry Shider   Guitar,Vocals
Calvin Simon   Vocals
Grady Thomas   Vocals
Man In The Box   Drums
Prakash John   Bass

Technical Credits

Bernie Worrell   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Victor Lewis   Composer
Bootsy Collins   rhythm arrangement
Jim Callon   Engineer
George Clinton   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Jim Vitti   Engineer
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
Mathieu Bitton   Reissue Design
A. Kilson   Composer
Ed Harris   Composer

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