First Thangs

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
When Osmium finally got a proper CD rerelease in America in 1992, it was retitled and expanded with singles from the same period a number of them being alternate takes, resulting in the near disc capacity joy that is First Thangs. With reasonable if not revelatory liner notes from Lee Hildebrand -- no discographical notes about the extra tracks are provided, annoyingly -- and fine enough remastering, it's not totally perfect but still a good thing to have around the house. Given how a number of tracks were later remade under both the Parliament and Funkadelic guises, being able to hear earlier incarnations of the songs makes for a treat. The Osmium cuts make up the last ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
When Osmium finally got a proper CD rerelease in America in 1992, it was retitled and expanded with singles from the same period a number of them being alternate takes, resulting in the near disc capacity joy that is First Thangs. With reasonable if not revelatory liner notes from Lee Hildebrand -- no discographical notes about the extra tracks are provided, annoyingly -- and fine enough remastering, it's not totally perfect but still a good thing to have around the house. Given how a number of tracks were later remade under both the Parliament and Funkadelic guises, being able to hear earlier incarnations of the songs makes for a treat. The Osmium cuts make up the last two-thirds of the disc, with the first six tracks given over to the bonus cuts. "Red Hot Mama" leads the way with an explosive Eddie Hazel solo, turning into a slow monster riff that rivals whatever Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi were coming up with in 1970. Everyone else comes in and brings the funk, Worrell contributing a stentorian keyboard pace to the proceedings. "Fantasy Is Reality" works the social conscience approach well, if indirectly, but the real reason to tune in is the uplifting, bright charge of the music, mixing both more crumbling Hazel fuzz and gospel vocal flight. "Loose Booty," meanwhile, really is loose, taking over ten minutes time to deliver its slow, steady grooves. It's clearly more a jam than a song, with more than a few points where nearly everybody stops to take a breather or do some prog metal weirdness, while vocals only come in towards the end. It's still a pretty good jam nonetheless, with Worrell adding extra melody over the central riff and beat and the singers delivering some classic psych funk spaciness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/1998
  • Label: HDH RECORDS
  • UPC: 780931030924
  • Catalog Number: 309

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Parliament Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell Keyboards
Eddie Hazel Guitar
George Clinton Vocals
Raymond Davis Vocals
Ramon Tiki Fulwood Drums
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Vocals
Tyrone Lampkin Drums
Lucius Tawl Ross Guitar
Garry Shider Guitar
Calvin Simon Vocals
Grady Thomas Vocals
Billy "Bass" Nelson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell Composer
Ruth Copeland Composer
Harold Beane Composer
George Clinton Composer
Phil DeLancie Remastering
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Composer
Eddie Holland Producer, Liner Notes
Leon Ware Composer
Richard J. Davis Producer
Clyde Wilson Composer
Vivian Lewis Composer
H. Beane Composer
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