Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Parliament simply poured it on for this amazing album, clearly one of its all-time best. At least one band named itself after a lyric -- Urge Overkill, taken from the song "Funkentelechy" itself -- while the amount of times this album has been sampled for the music is uncountable. Besides having an absolutely wonderful name, it contained at least three of the finest Parliament tunes ever, including arguably its signature song. "Flash Light," which closes Funkentelechy on a riotous high, has it all -- a brilliant fake ending, instant singalong value, a synth-bassline to kill for from Bernie Worrell, and so much more. As the album ends, so too does it begin, with a stone-cold...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Parliament simply poured it on for this amazing album, clearly one of its all-time best. At least one band named itself after a lyric -- Urge Overkill, taken from the song "Funkentelechy" itself -- while the amount of times this album has been sampled for the music is uncountable. Besides having an absolutely wonderful name, it contained at least three of the finest Parliament tunes ever, including arguably its signature song. "Flash Light," which closes Funkentelechy on a riotous high, has it all -- a brilliant fake ending, instant singalong value, a synth-bassline to kill for from Bernie Worrell, and so much more. As the album ends, so too does it begin, with a stone-cold classic -- "Bop Gun Endangered Species." Starting with a brisk little guitar figure and beat, it turns into an instant party on all fronts, with great lead vocals and an addictive chorus, the Horny Horns and company hitting the grooves and blasting hard. Worrell's laser noises and shimmering keyboard leads and Cordell Mosson's monster bass squelches send everything all that much more over the top. Another song title says it all -- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk Pay Attention -- B3M." Treated with vocoders to an absurd degree, Sir Nose became the legendary enemy of funk, specifically the Starchild, on many a P-Funk recording that's the two of them on the hilarious cover, the Starchild himself operating the Bop Gun. The throwaway lines in this song are almost legendary in and of themselves, while the music itself is a great slow build and burn rhythm that piles more on as it goes, with singers, horns, and more taking it to a climax. "Funkentelechy" and "The Placebo Syndrome" both have plenty of goodness as well, while "Wizards of Finance" is an amusing retro diversion, helping make Funkentelechy the highlight it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/1990
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 042282450128
  • Catalog Number: 824501
  • Sales rank: 20,751

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Parliament Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer, Keyboards
Maceo Parker Horn
Jerome Brailey Percussion, Drums
George Clinton Vocals
Raymond Davis Vocals
Rick Gardner Horn
Glen Goins Guitar, Vocals
Richard "Kush" Griffith Horn
Michael Hampton Guitar
Clay Lawrey Horn
Lynn Mabry Vocals
Cordell Mosson Bass, Vocals
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals
Dawn Silva Vocals
Jeanette "Baby" Washington Vocals
Fred Wesley Horn
Debbie Wright Vocals
Darryl Dixon Horn
Danny Cortez Horn
Valerie Drayton Horn
Technical Credits
Bill Nelson Composer
Bernie Worrell Composer, Horn Arrangements
Bootsy Collins Composer
George Clinton Composer, Producer
Ron Ford Composer
Garry Shider Composer
Jim Vitti Engineer
Fred Wesley Horn Arrangements
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Stephen Lumel Artwork
Glenn Goins Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Parliaments best

    In my opinion Parliaments finest effort.Mothership Connection being a CLOSE 2nd.The title cut Funkentelechy is vintage Parliament.Flash Light of course is Parliaments commercial best.A must for all Funk fans!

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