Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament is a full-priced, one-disc summation of Parliament's recordings for Casablanca Records since absorbed into what is now Universal and discontinued, hence the issuance on Universal's Mercury imprint, meant to supplant the 1984 LP compilation Greatest Hits The Bomb and provide consumers with something in between the more expensive two-CD set Tear the Roof Off 1974-1980 and the discount-priced 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Parliament. The album's focus, writes annotator Tom Vickers, is "chart success," and it includes among its 16 tracks 14 of Parliament's 19 R&B singles chart entries on Casablanca,...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament is a full-priced, one-disc summation of Parliament's recordings for Casablanca Records since absorbed into what is now Universal and discontinued, hence the issuance on Universal's Mercury imprint, meant to supplant the 1984 LP compilation Greatest Hits The Bomb and provide consumers with something in between the more expensive two-CD set Tear the Roof Off 1974-1980 and the discount-priced 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Parliament. The album's focus, writes annotator Tom Vickers, is "chart success," and it includes among its 16 tracks 14 of Parliament's 19 R&B singles chart entries on Casablanca, including all of their R&B Top 40 hits except "Party People" which crested at number 39 in Billboard. Also included are two album tracks, "All Your Goodies Are Gone" from Up for the Down Stroke and "Let's Take It to the Stage" from Live: P-Funk Earth Tour. Parliament was more of an albums act than a singles act and more of a live act than a recording act, and only six of these tracks reached the R&B Top Ten, with two, "Flash Light" and "Aqua Boogie A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop," hitting number one, while just two, "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker Give Up the Funk" and "Flash Light," made the pop Top 20. So, a singles collection makes for a less definitive overview of the group's career than might be true for others. Hence, if the consumer has a few more bucks to spend, Tear the Roof Off 1974-1980 is much the preferred compilation. But all of Parliament's big hits and most of its lesser ones are here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 044006333021
  • Catalog Number: 063330
  • Sales rank: 11,524

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Parliament Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell Keyboards
Michael Brecker Horn
Eddie Hazel Guitar, Vocals
Maceo Parker Horn
Walter "Junie" Morrison Guitar, Keyboards
Philippe Wynne Background Vocals
Dennis Chambers Percussion, Drums
Greg Black Horn
Bootsy Collins Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Greg Boyer Horn
Jerome Brailey Percussion, Drums
Randy Brecker Horn
Gary Bronson Percussion, 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, 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, Drums
Clay Lawrey Horn
Dewayne Blackbyrd McKnight Bass, Guitar
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals
Dawn Silva Background Vocals
Calvin Simon Vocals
Carl "Butch" Small Percussion, Drums
Grady Thomas Vocals
Pamela Vincent Background Vocals
Jeanette "Baby" Washington Background Vocals
Fred Wesley Horn
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, Drums
Gordon Carlton Guitar
Kenny Colton Percussion, Drums
Donnie Sterling Bass
Bryan Chimenti Background Vocals
Linda Shider Background Vocals
Deborah Wright Background Vocals
Danny Cortez Horn
Valerie Drayton Horn
Debbie Edwards Background Vocals
Lynn Mawbry Background Vocals
Greg Thomas Horn
Sam Peakes Horn
Prakash John Bass
Tony Thomas Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Nelson Composer
Bernie Worrell Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Eddie Hazel Arranger
Walter "Junie" Morrison Producer
Bootsy Collins Arranger
Jerome Brailey Composer
George Clinton Arranger, Producer, Author, Concept
Ronald Dunbar Producer
Garry Shider Composer
Fred Wesley Horn Arrangements
Tom Vickers Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Barry Schultz Collage
Sam Peakes Horn Arrangements
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