Mothership Connection

Mothership Connection

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The definitive Parliament-Funkadelic album, Mothership Connection is where George Clinton's revolving band lineups, differing musical approaches, and increasingly thematic album statements reached an ideal state, one that resulted in enormous commercial success as well as a timeless legacy that would be compounded by hip-hop postmodernists, most memorably Dr.See more details below

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The definitive Parliament-Funkadelic album, Mothership Connection is where George Clinton's revolving band lineups, differing musical approaches, and increasingly thematic album statements reached an ideal state, one that resulted in enormous commercial success as well as a timeless legacy that would be compounded by hip-hop postmodernists, most memorably Dr. Dre on his landmark album The Chronic (1992). The musical lineup assembled for Mothership Connection is peerless: in addition to keyboard wizard Bernie Worrell; Bootsy Collins, who plays not only bass but also drums and guitar; the guitar trio of Gary Shider, Michael Hampton, and Glen Goins; and the Becker brothers (Michael

and Randy) on horns; there are former J.B.'s Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker (also on horns), who were the latest additions to the P-Funk stable. Besides the dazzling array of musicians, Mothership Connection boasts a trio of hands-down classics -- "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)," "Mothership Connection (Star Child)," "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" -- that are among the best to ever arise from the funk era, each sampled and interpolated time and time again by rap producers; in particular, Dr. Dre pays homage to the former two on The Chronic (on "The Roach" and "Let Me Ride," respectively). The remaining four songs on Mothership Connection are all great also, if less canonical. Lastly, there's the overlapping outer-space theme, which ties the album together into a loose escapist narrative. There's no better starting point in the enormous P-Funk catalog than Mothership Connection, which, like its trio of classic songs, is undoubtedly among the best of the funk era.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/1990
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0042282450241
catalogNumber:
824502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Parliament   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Michael Brecker   Horn
Maceo Parker   Horn
Sidney Barnes   Hand Clapping
Bootsy Collins   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Jerome Brailey   Percussion,Drums
Randy Brecker   Horn
George Clinton   Vocals
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Raymond Davis   Vocals
Joe Farrell   Horn
Ramon Tiki Fulwood   Percussion,Drums
Glen Goins   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Hampton   Guitar
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins   Vocals
Taka Khan   Hand Clapping
Cordell Mosson   Bass
Garry Shider   Guitar,Vocals
Calvin Simon   Vocals
Grady Thomas   Vocals
Pamela Vincent   Hand Clapping
Fred Wesley   Horn
Debbie Wright   Hand Clapping
Reginald Rasputin Boutte   Hand Clapping
Bryan Chimenti   Hand Clapping
Archie Ivy   Hand Clapping
Boom   Horn

Technical Credits

Bootsy Collins   Composer
Jerome Brailey   Composer
George Clinton   Composer,Producer
Garry Shider   Composer

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