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Osmium
     

Osmium

by Parliament
 

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The first Parliament album as such was a mixed-up mess of an affair -- but would anyone expect anything less? The overall sound is much more Funkadelic than later Parliament, if with a somewhat more accessible feel. Things get going with an appropriately leering start, thanks to "I Call My Baby Pussycat," which

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The first Parliament album as such was a mixed-up mess of an affair -- but would anyone expect anything less? The overall sound is much more Funkadelic than later Parliament, if with a somewhat more accessible feel. Things get going with an appropriately leering start, thanks to "I Call My Baby Pussycat," which makes something like "What's New, Pussycat?" seem like innocent, chaste conversation. After a stripped-down start, things explode into a full-on funk strut with heavy-duty guitar and slamming drums setting the way, while the singers sound like they're tripping without losing the soul -- sudden music dropouts, vocal cut-ins, volume level tweaks, and more add to the off-kilter feeling. Osmium's sound progresses from there -- it's funk's fire combined with a studio freedom that feels like a blueprint for the future. Bernie Worrell's keyboard abilities are already clear, whether he's trying for hotel lounge jams or full freakiness; similarly, Eddie Hazel is clearly finding his own epic stoned zone to peel out some amazing solos at the drop of a hat. As for the subject matter and end results -- who else but this crew could have come up with the trash-talking, yodeling twang of "Little Ole Country Boy" in 1970 and still made it funky with all the steel guitar? Other fun times include the piano and vocal-into-full-band goofy romantic romp of "My Automobile" and "Funky Woman," where over a heavy groove (and goofy Worrell break) the titular character lives with the consequence of her stank: "She hung them in the air/The air said this ain't fair!" Amidst all the nuttiness, there are some perhaps surprising depths -- consider "Oh Lord, Why Lord/Prayer," which might almost be too pretty for its own good (Worrell's harpsichord almost verges on the sickly sweet) but still has some lovely gospel choir singing and heartfelt lyrics.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2009
Label:
Edsel Records Uk
UPC:
0740155103132
catalogNumber:
5510313
Rank:
23848

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Performance Credits

Parliament   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Keyboards
Eddie Hazel   Guitar
George Clinton   Vocals
Raymond Davis   Vocals
Ramon Tiki Fulwood   Drums
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins   Vocals
Tyrone Lampkin   Drums
Lucius Tawl Ross   Rhythm Guitar
Garry Shider   Rhythm Guitar
Calvin Simon   Vocals
Grady Thomas   Vocals
Billy "Bass" Nelson   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Parliament   Composer
Bernie Worrell   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Eddie Hazel   Composer
Ruth Copeland   Composer,Producer
Harold Beane   Composer
George Clinton   Producer
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins   Composer
Tony Rounce   Contributor
Leon Ware   Composer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Clyde Wilson   Composer
Vivian Lewis   Composer
Phil Trim   Composer
William Nelson   Composer

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