Six Degrees of P-Funk: The Best of George Clinton & His Funky Family

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This compilation features some of the best solo material from the Parliament/Funkadelic crew during the late '70s and '80s under the direction of George Clinton. Ever the entrepreneur, Clinton had farmed his aggregate of loose booties to no less than five respective major labels. While technically Parliament was recording for Casablanca and Funkadelic was signed to Warner Bros., Clinton's short-lived Uncle Jam imprint was issued and distributed by Columbia/Epic. It is here that listeners find the 15 tracks -- nine of which are making their debut in the digital domain -- that comprise Six Degrees of P-Funk: The Best of George Clinton & His Funky Family 2003. While ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This compilation features some of the best solo material from the Parliament/Funkadelic crew during the late '70s and '80s under the direction of George Clinton. Ever the entrepreneur, Clinton had farmed his aggregate of loose booties to no less than five respective major labels. While technically Parliament was recording for Casablanca and Funkadelic was signed to Warner Bros., Clinton's short-lived Uncle Jam imprint was issued and distributed by Columbia/Epic. It is here that listeners find the 15 tracks -- nine of which are making their debut in the digital domain -- that comprise Six Degrees of P-Funk: The Best of George Clinton & His Funky Family 2003. While Clinton is the central figure, his most enduring contributions to each of these projects is to simply allow all of the artists involved to develop their unique substrata of funk -- which he does and they most certainly do. The disc rightfully kicks off with a pair of cuts from the P-Funk All Stars' The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership 1996. "If Anybody Gets Funked Up It's Gonna Be You" is a sample-heavy and highly danceable side featuring new breed funk-a-teers Erick Sermon of EPMD and MC Breed. "Funky Kind Gonna Knock You Down" contains a midtempo groove featuring a trademark full-ensemble vocal supporting Clinton's lead. This is followed by two cuts from bassist Bootsy Collins off of his sole Columbia long-player, What's Bootsy Doin'? 1988. His hardcore "Party on Plastic" and Prince sound-alike "Leakin'" are included here. Former Ohio Player Walter "Junie" Morrison climbed aboard the Mothership in the late '70s. From his solo projects Bread Alone 1980 and Junie 5 1981 are the melodic and synthesizer-laden "Love Have Taken Me Over" and "Rappin' About Rappin'." Although business differences put the two at odds, Clinton and Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey collaborated momentarily on the all-star side project Mutiny, whose hard-hittin' "Lump"and soulful "Funk 'n' Bop" come from their highly controversial and confrontational Mutiny on the Mamaship 1979. Philippe Wynne's Wynne Jammin 1980 was the only long-player that the vocalist issued on Uncle Jam and stands as one of the rare non-P-Funk-related projects that Clinton produced. The former lead singer for the Spinners includes both the ballad "Never Gonna Tell It" and the beat-heavy dance track "Breakout." The unmistakable sound of Bootsy Collins returns for the seminal hearty party fare "Freak to Freak."This is followed by the final non-P-Funk-related tracks from Champaign, IL, natives Micro Wave. The band -- led by multi-instrumentalist Michael Lane -- scored a Top 15 R&B platter with one of the tunes featured here, titled "Misunderstood."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972421223
  • Catalog Number: 724212
  • Sales rank: 13,539

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You) (4:23)
  2. 2 Funky Kind (Gonna Knock It Down) (5:35)
  3. 3 Party on Plastic (What's Bootsy Doin'?) (3:58)
  4. 4 Leakin' (4:17)
  5. 5 Love Has Taken Me Over (4:01)
  6. 6 Rappin' About Rappin' (Uh-Uh-Uh) (4:03)
  7. 7 Lump - Mutiny (4:36)
  8. 8 Funk 'N' Bop - Mutiny (4:18)
  9. 9 Never Gonna Tell It (4:11)
  10. 10 Breakout (5:04)
  11. 11 Freak to Freak - The Sweat Band (6:49)
  12. 12 Instant Replay - Mico Wave (5:04)
  13. 13 Misunderstood - Mico Wave (7:37)
  14. 14 One of Those Summers (4:38)
  15. 15 Pumpin' It Up (6:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Clinton Primary Artist, Vocals, Musician
Andre Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Musician
Marcus Belgrave Horn
Dennis Coffey Guitar
Taka Boom Background Vocals
John Glover Keyboards
Eddie Hazel Bass, Guitar
Maceo Parker Horn, Keyboards, Vocals
Walter "Junie" Morrison Vocals, Multi Instruments, Musician
Mico Wave Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Philippe Wynne Vocals, Background Vocals
John Trudell Horn
Wes Boatman Keyboards
Bootsy Collins Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Horn, Keyboards, Vocals, Musician, Space Bass
Greg Boyer Musician
Jerome Brailey Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Syndrum
Brandye Background Vocals
Frank Bryant Bass
Jessica Cleaves Background Vocals
Phelps "Catfish" Collins Musician
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper Vocals, Background Vocals, Musician
Benny Cowan Musician
Lige Curry Vocals, Musician
Rodney Curtis Bass, Musician
Marvin Daniels Horn
John Davis Musician
Raymond Davis Vocals, Background Vocals
Ron Ford Background Vocals
Eli Fountain Musician
Bernard Fowler Background Vocals
Mallia Franklin Vocals, Background Vocals
Lawrence Fratangelo Percussion
Kristin Gray Vocals
Richard "Kush" Griffith Horn, Vocals
Michael Hampton Guitar, Musician
Leo Harrison Horn
Larry Hatcher Horn, Vocals
Sheila Horne Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Hudgins Keyboards
Jerry Jones Drums
Debra Killings Vocals
Tyrone Lampkin Drums
Nathaniel Lee Keyboards, Vocals
Pat Lewis Vocals
Lynn Mabry Background Vocals
Rob Manzoli Vocals
Eddie Martinez Background Vocals
Dewayne Blackbyrd McKnight Musician
Bruce Nazarian Bass, Guitar
Felix Resnick Strings
Rudy Robinson Keyboards
Peter "Madcat" Ruth Harmonica
Nicky Skopelitis Background Vocals
Erick Sermon Musician
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Dawn Silva Vocals
Carl "Butch" Small Percussion, Vocals
Gordon Staples Strings
Greg Thomas Musician
Jeanette "Baby" Washington Vocals
Fred Wesley Horn, Vocals
Charlie Wilson Vocals
Mark Woerpel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Colin Wolfe Musician
Belita Woods Vocals
Fred Boldt Horn
Steve Boyd Vocals, Musician
Shirley Hayden Vocals, Background Vocals
Louis Kabbabie Vocals
Michael "Clip" Payne Vocals, Background Vocals
Cheryl James Background Vocals
Skitch Lovett Guitar, Vocals
David Lee Chong Synthesizer, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Jeannette McGruder Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy "Bass" Nelson Musician
Spearhead X Musician
Darryl Dixon Horn
Janice Evans Vocals
Amp Fiddler Vocals, Musician
Craig Love Musician
Gordon Carlton Guitar
Kenny Colton Drums
Donnie Sterling Bass
Sheila Brody Vocals
Kelly Cowan Vocals
Olivia Ewing Vocals
Joi Gilliam Vocals
Dwayne "Sa'd Ali" Maultsby Vocals, Musician
Jerome Rogers Musician
Patty Walker Vocals
LaShawn Clinton Vocals
Ann Sheriff Vocals
Anita Walker Background Vocals
Mike Wilder Musician
Jeff Patterson Vocals
Lloyd Bridges Vocals
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Strings, Musician
Gwen Allman Background Vocals
Teresa Allman Background Vocals
Valerie Allman Background Vocals
Kenny Birch Guitar
Raymond "Bro" Carter Bass, Vocals
Sly Fox Clinton Background Vocals
Thomas "Bubz" Fiddler Vocals, Musician
Melvin El Horn
Ronnie Faust Vocals
Diane Fulmar Vocals
Rick Gard Horn
Willie "Preacher" Hampton Guitar
Gary James Musician
Paul Hill Vocals
Maurice Davis Horn
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell rhythm arrangement
Walter "Junie" Morrison Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mico Wave Composer
Philippe Wynne Arranger, Composer, Producer
Wes Boatman String Arrangements
Bootsy Collins Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Jerome Brailey Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tony Camillo Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
George Clinton Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
B. Collins Composer
G. Cooper Composer
Ronald Dunbar Arranger, Producer
Ron Ford Composer
Mallia Franklin Composer
Ben Grosse Programming
Paul Riser Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Rudy Robinson rhythm arrangement
Erick Sermon Producer
Garry Shider Composer, Producer
C. Small Composer
Fred Wesley Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Belita Woods Composer
Barry Haney Programming
Tracey Lewis Composer
Tom Vickers Liner Notes
Bob Bishop Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Darcy Proper Mastering
Tom Terrell Liner Notes
Mark Bass Composer
Linda Shider Composer
Walter Coleman Composer
T. Brittain Stone Composer
J. "Redd" Washington Composer
L. Holmes Composer
Lily Lew Packaging Manager
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