The Fonk Record

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Fifteen months after former NBA star and smooth jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale died of cancer at the age of 44, his wildest, most uncharacteristic recording surfaces. The result of a 12-year collaboration with Derek "DOA" Allen that was finished shortly before his death, The FONK Record, is exactly what it says it is: a wild ride into the glory days of funk, when Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, and the Gap Band ruled the scene. Tisdale "Tiz" here and DOA formed a studio band called the Fonkie Planetarians that laid down these 11 cuts of musically sound read: stone-cold killer, sonically fine grooves. Setting off with "The Introduction," Tiz and DOA play almost ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Fifteen months after former NBA star and smooth jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale died of cancer at the age of 44, his wildest, most uncharacteristic recording surfaces. The result of a 12-year collaboration with Derek "DOA" Allen that was finished shortly before his death, The FONK Record, is exactly what it says it is: a wild ride into the glory days of funk, when Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, and the Gap Band ruled the scene. Tisdale "Tiz" here and DOA formed a studio band called the Fonkie Planetarians that laid down these 11 cuts of musically sound read: stone-cold killer, sonically fine grooves. Setting off with "The Introduction," Tiz and DOA play almost everything but "Tha Hoinzz." Tisdale sings with a crew of backing vocalists heretofore known as "tha Suckaz" to bring the album's conceptually retro stomp into full view while laying some sass down in the cut. "Let's Ride" features the entire band on a stone-cold nasty vamp with a vocal performance from George Duke and a horn arrangement adopted, in part, from various tracks on Funkadelic's One Nation Under a Groove. The funkmaster himself, George Clinton, is overdubbed with Tiz on "This Funk Iz 4U." With Perry Hardin's guitar's comping with the back-and-forth vocal crew, Tiz's basslines and Arthur Thompson's drums create a monstrous on-the-one hypnotic beat with stone-soul vocal harmonies in the backdrop. Each of these tracks is carefully sequenced, manned by enough production and instrumentalists to create a solidly consistent celebratory journey. Even ballads such as the babymaker "Sunshine" and "Been Here Before" featuring a dynamite lead vocal from late Temptations' vocalist Ali Woodson never let the feeling of communal joy ebb. "Spread tha Butta," "Neck Bones," and the closer, "Wayman's Gotta Do It," deliver mightily on the promise of their titles. Ultimately, Tiz and the Fonkie Planetarians have given us one of the most danceable, butt-tastic recordings of 2010. Tisdale could have gone in any number of directions for his final outing; the fact that he chose a party record as his last will and testament -- simply because he'd always planned to do one -- says plenty about both the man and the musician. Some may argue that this final set is his best work, and it would be hard to argue with them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Rendezvous Records
  • UPC: 881284514427
  • Catalog Number: 5144
  • Sales rank: 45,886

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Introduction (3:41)
  2. 2 Let's Ride (4:09)
  3. 3 This Fonk is 4U (4:27)
  4. 4 Spread Tha Butta (5:38)
  5. 5 Tiz Phone Call (0:28)
  6. 6 Sunshine (5:57)
  7. 7 Neck Bones (3:47)
  8. 8 If U Really Want To Know (I Like It Fonk-Kaa) (5:30)
  9. 9 Every Now and Then (4:46)
  10. 10 Been Here Before - Ali Woodson (5:35)
  11. 11 Wayman's Gotta Do It (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wayman Tisdale Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Strings, Bass Guitar, Vocals, fender rhodes, Soloist, Space Bass
George Duke Synthesizer
George Clinton Vocals
J.R. Swinga Vocoder
Thomas McCree Drums
Derrick "D.O.A." Allen Synthesizer, Guitar, Strings, Bass Guitar, Moog Bass
Ali Woodson Vocals
Arthur Thompson Percussion, Drums
Brian Jones Organ, Guitar, Strings, fender rhodes
Doug Lovelace Synthesizer
Perry Hardin Guitar
Odell Ross Guitar
Tha Suckaz Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
George Clinton Composer
John Paris Engineer
Dave Repace Artwork
Wayman Tisdale Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Maria Ehrenreich Creative Producer
Denny Stilwell Executive Producer
James Richard Composer
Michael Snyder Art Direction
Brian Porter Engineer
Troy Baldwin Mastering
Derrick "D.O.A." Allen Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming, Instrumentation
Arthur Thompson Additional Production
Antjuan Robinson Engineer
Danny Green Engineer
Gretchen Valade Executive Producer
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