The first of P-Funk mastermind George Clinton's many bands, Parliament was formed in the 1950s as a doo-wop group called the Parliaments. In the early 1970s it became one of several outlets for Clinton's outrageous blend of funk, rock, and the absurd. Originally intended as the more traditional foil to Funkadelic's progressive leanings, Parliament was eventually enveloped by the same over-the-top theatrics as all of Clinton's other projects.
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: PARLIAMENT Title: FUNKENTELECHY VS. PLACEBO SYND Street Release Date: 03/13/1990 Domestic Genre: SOUL/R & B
On this follow-up to Mothership Connection, George Clinton uncharacteristically sticks to the same funk-disco formula. Unlike most sequels, however, this 1977 work is nearly as compelling as the original. Check your brain at the door while Clinton feeds you infectious dance rhythms and irreverent lyrics that fuse anthemic chants with bizarre fairy tales and stream-of-consciousness ramblings. On "Wizard of Finance," Parliament returns to melodic 1960s soul while Clinton''s hysterical lyrics are backed by soulful doowop-style vocals. "Flash Light" became a huge dance-floor hit but actually pales in comparison to the rest of the grooves. With talents including Bernie Worrell, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley on board, it''s no wonder the profunk forces defeat the antifunk contingent. --Marc Greilsamer
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