One Nation Under a Groove

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
One Nation Under a Groove was not only Funkadelic's greatest moment, it was their most popular album, bringing them an unprecedented commercial breakthrough by going platinum and spawning a number one R&B smash in the title track. It was a landmark LP for the so-called "black rock" movement, best-typified in the statement of purpose "Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!"; more than that, though, the whole album is full of fuzzed-out, Hendrix-style guitar licks, even when the music is clearly meant for the dancefloor. This may not have been a new concept for Funkadelic, but it's executed here with the greatest clarity and accessibility in their catalog. Furthermore, out...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
One Nation Under a Groove was not only Funkadelic's greatest moment, it was their most popular album, bringing them an unprecedented commercial breakthrough by going platinum and spawning a number one R&B smash in the title track. It was a landmark LP for the so-called "black rock" movement, best-typified in the statement of purpose "Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!"; more than that, though, the whole album is full of fuzzed-out, Hendrix-style guitar licks, even when the music is clearly meant for the dancefloor. This may not have been a new concept for Funkadelic, but it's executed here with the greatest clarity and accessibility in their catalog. Furthermore, out of George Clinton's many conceptual albums serious and otherwise, One Nation Under a Groove is the pinnacle of his political consciousness. It's unified by a refusal to acknowledge boundaries -- social, sexual, or musical -- and, by extension, the uptight society that created them. The tone is positive, not militant -- this funk is about community, freedom, and independence, and you can hear it in every cut even the bizarre, outrageously scatological "P.E. Squad". The title cut is one of funk's greatest anthems, and "Groovallegiance" and the terrific "Cholly" both dovetail nicely with its concerns. The aforementioned "Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!" is a seamless hybrid that perfectly encapsulates the band's musical agenda, while "Into You" is one of their few truly successful slow numbers. The original LP included a three-song bonus EP featuring the heavy riff rock of "Lunchmeataphobia," an unnecessary instrumental version of "P.E. Squad," and a live "Maggot Brain"; these tracks were appended to the CD reissue. In any form, One Nation Under a Groove is the best realization of Funkadelic's ambitions, and one of the best funk albums ever released.
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  • Release Date: 7/16/2002
  • Label: Priority Records
  • UPC: 724353937829
  • Catalog Number: 39378

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Funkadelic Primary Artist
Joe Miller Staging
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
Walter "Junie" Morrison Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
Bootsy Collins Bass, Percussion, Drums
Jerome Brailey Percussion, Drums
George Clinton Vocals, Background Vocals
Rodney Curtis Bass
Raymond Davis Vocals, Background Vocals
David Denny Staging
Ron Ford Vocals, Background Vocals
Mallia Franklin Vocals, Background Vocals
Mullin Franklin Vocals
Lawrence Fratangelo Percussion, Drums
Michael Hampton Guitar
Mark Holmes Staging
Tyrone Lampkin Percussion, Drums
Bobby Lavis Guitar
Lynn Mabry Vocals, Background Vocals
Cordell Mosson Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dawn Silva Vocals, Background Vocals
Calvin Simon Percussion, Vocals
Grady Thomas Vocals
Greg Thomas Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeanette "Baby" Washington Vocals, Background Vocals
Debbie Wright Vocals, Background Vocals
Charles Bishop Staging
Bob Bishop Staging
Bobby Lewis Banjo
Patrice Gramenz O'Neil Staging
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell Composer
Walter "Junie" Morrison Composer
Pete Bishop Engineer
Bootsy Collins Composer
L. Brown Composer
George Clinton Composer, Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes, Art Direction, Concept
Ronald Dunbar Contributor
Michael Hampton Composer
Michael Iacopelli Engineer
Bob Krasnow Administration
Louis Levin Contributor
Garry Shider Composer
Jim Vitti Engineer
Mario Medious Contributor
Pedro Bell Graphic Design, Camera Operator
Jack Kramer Contributor
Sir Lleb of Funkadelia Contributor, Liner Notes, Concept
Ed Thrasher Artwork, Art Direction, Direction
Laurie Goldman Contributor
Archie Ivy Contributor
Arpil Wildflower Graphic Design
Brenda Adams Contributor
Linda Brown Composer
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