Mothership Connection [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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 Brecker Brothers...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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 Brecker 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.
Rolling Stone - Ben Ratliff
Mothership Connection... with its spacious, carnivalesque vibe and exhortations to funk ecstasy, was the masterpiece, the slang creator, the icon builder, the master narrative -- or "the bomb," as Clinton succinctly put it before anyone else.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 044007703229
  • Catalog Number: 077032
  • Sales rank: 9,154

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Parliament Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer, Keyboards
Michael Brecker Horn
Maceo Parker Horn
Sidney Barnes Voices, Hand Clapping
Bootsy Collins Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Randy Brecker Horn
George Clinton Vocals
Gary Cooper Percussion, Drums, Voices, Hand Clapping
Raymond Davis Vocals
Joe Farrell Horn
Glen Goins Guitar, Vocals
Michael Hampton Guitar
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Vocals
Taka Khan Voices, Hand Clapping
Cordell Mosson Bass
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals
Calvin Simon Vocals
Grady Thomas Vocals
Pamela Vincent Voices, Hand Clapping
Fred Wesley Horn
Reginald Rasputin Boutte Voices, Hand Clapping
Bryan Chimenti Voices, Hand Clapping
Archie Ivy Voices, Hand Clapping
Deborah Wright Voices, Hand Clapping
Debbie Edwards Voices, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell Horn Arrangements
Bootsy Collins rhythm arrangement
George Clinton Producer, Concept, rhythm arrangement
Jim Vitti Sound Effects
Fred Wesley Horn Arrangements
Tom Vickers Liner Notes
Mathieu Bitton Reissue Design
Gribbitt! Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Seminal Funk - Not to be Missed

    The entire album works on a number of levels, and is a wide variety of situations. Whether cruising in a car, hanging with friends, or partying hard, this album is absolutely stellar. George Clinton and the entire Parliament Band show incredible musicianship and songwriting skills on all the tracks. You can just put this one on and let it take control. You will not be disappointed.

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