One Nation Under a Groove

One Nation Under a Groove

by Funkadelic


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One Nation Under a Groove

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/1993
Label: Priority Records
UPC: 0049925387223
catalogNumber: 53872

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
Linda Brown   Composer
George Clinton   Composer,Producer,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
Lleb of Funkadelia   Liner Notes,Concept
Ed Thrasher   Artwork,Art Direction
Laurie Goldman   Contributor
Archie Ivy   Contributor
Arpil Wildflower   Graphic Design
Brenda Adams   Contributor

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