Let's Take It to the Stage [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
One of Funkadelic's goofiest releases, Let's Take It to the Stage also contains more P-Funk all-time greats as well, making for a grand balance of the serious and silly. Perhaps the silliest is at the end -- there's not much else one can call the extended oompah/icing rink start of "Atmosphere." The title track is as much a call to arms as "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow" is, but with a more direct musical performance and a more open nod to party atmospheres not to mention the source of one of Andrew Dice Clay's longest-running bits. The targets of the band's good-natured wrath are, in fact, other groups -- "Hey, Fool and the Gang! Let's take it to the stage!" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
One of Funkadelic's goofiest releases, Let's Take It to the Stage also contains more P-Funk all-time greats as well, making for a grand balance of the serious and silly. Perhaps the silliest is at the end -- there's not much else one can call the extended oompah/icing rink start of "Atmosphere." The title track is as much a call to arms as "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow" is, but with a more direct musical performance and a more open nod to party atmospheres not to mention the source of one of Andrew Dice Clay's longest-running bits. The targets of the band's good-natured wrath are, in fact, other groups -- "Hey, Fool and the Gang! Let's take it to the stage!" There's no mistaking the track that immediately follows makes it even more intense -- "Get off Your Ass and Jam" kicks in with one bad-ass drum roll and then scorches the damn place down, from guitar solo to the insanely funky bass from Bootsy Collins. It may only be two and a half minutes long, but it alone makes the album a classic. Hearing Collins' unmistakable tones is usually enough to get anything on the crazy tip, but "Be My Beach" just makes it all the more fun, as does the overall air of silly romance getting nuttier as it goes. "Good to Your Earhole" sets the outrageous mood just right -- it's one of the band's tightest monsters of funk, guitars sprawling all over the place even as the heavy-hitting rhythm doesn't let one second of groove get lost. Of course, there's also one totally notorious number to go with it, but "No Head No Backstage Pass" has one of the craziest rhythms on the whole album, not to mention lip-smackingly nutty lines delivered with the appropriate leer. [The 2005 reissue features excellent remastered sound, a thick booklet, and a U.S. Music track that features Funkadelic.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2005
  • Label: Westbound Uk
  • UPC: 029667009324
  • Catalog Number: 244
  • Sales rank: 52,541

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Funkadelic Primary Artist
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Vocals, Group Member
Reggie McBride Guest Appearance
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Mike Hammond Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell Composer
Bill Bass Contributor
Ron Bykowski Contributor
Jim Callon Engineer
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Composer, Producer
Garry Shider Composer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Jim Uitti Engineer
Grace Cook Composer
Eddie Hazel Contributor
William Collins Composer
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