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One Nation Under a Groove


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  • Funkadelic includes: Gary Shider (vocals, guitar); Walter "Junie" Morrison (vocals, keyboards); Rodney "Skeet" Curtis (vocals, bass); George Clinton, Raymond "Stingray" Davis, Lynn Mabry, Ron Ford, Dawn Silva (vocals); Mike "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton (guitar, keyboards); Bobby Lewis (banjo); Bernie Worrell (keyboards); Cordell "Boogie" Mosson (bass); William "Bootsy" Collins (bass, percussion); Tyrone Lampkin, Jerome Brailey, Larry Fratangelo (drums, percussion).
  • Recorded live at The Monroe Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana on April 15, 1978 and United Sound, Detroit, Michigan.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • A string of hit singles had placed Parliament-Funkadelic on the top of the funk-dance-disco heap by the late '70s, and their 1978 release, ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE, helped to solidify the group's standing. Now regarded as an all-time classic, the album's timeless grooves and hooks have been used as starting points for numerous hip-hop songs (check out Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube for starters). The album also proves that funk/disco isn't as disposable as some purists would have you believe. Few albums have inspired as many as ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE. Strong from beginning to end, it has been often compared to such seminal soulful works as Marvin Gaye's WHAT'S GOING ON.
  • The title track is one of Funkadelic's all-time best and most renowned numbers--easily among the greatest dance singles ever. "Grooveallegiance" brings down the dance intensity a notch or two, but the album soon perks up again with a hard dance rocker ("Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock?") and the coarse humor-fest of "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The DooDoo Chasers)." A live re-reading of the haunting guitar showcase "Maggot Brain" closes the album, with Mike Hampton playing the Eddie Hazel-penned classic quite splendidly.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.136) - Ranked #177 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"

Rolling Stone (10/3/02, p.106) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...the stone-cold 1978 classic..."

Entertainment Weekly (12/17/93, p.69) - "...a glorious distillation of Funkadelic founder George Clinton's concepts of verbal anarchy and tight funk grooves....Framed by the irresistible title song (as catchy as anthems get)...NATION is a deep source of riffs and ideas for '90s rock and rap...." - Rating: A

Uncut (5/03, p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Clinton's psychedelicatessen served up the grooves with side orders of jam and ham that even the Godfather of Soul couldn't better..."

Vibe (12/99, p.160) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Melody Maker (8/14/93, p.31) - "...[a] very fine entry point for the remains the apogee of Funkadelic's formula..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.110) - "...The music was as straightforward as P-Funk ever got, a mix of disco funk and lyrical positivity..."
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