From solo jazz piano to a heavy dose of funk, it is rarely a dull day on this continuous journey of musical exploration. Today we have the next offering from George Clinton and Parliament, “Mothership Connection”. This album is rated #4 on digitaldreamdoor.com’s Top 10 Funk Albums of All Time.
Simply put, this album is pretty much all filthy funk. I love it, there is no other way to say it. Sometimes Parliament can get a little bit too far out there, and even on this album, when George Clinton is offering his version of black people in space, it could get unusual, but this album just hits hard and solid on every single track. We get it started with “P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)”, and the stage is set for 38 minutes of groove. “Mothership Connection (Star Child)” follows and is just as good, with an outstanding horn section that makes me think of my good friend Matt and his love for horns and funk music.
Like I said, every track on this album is excellent, but one of the smoothest is “Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication (The Bumps Bump)”, which may be the single greatest song title ever. Even casual funk fans will probably recognize the second to last song on the album, “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)”… “We want the funk, give up the funk, we need the funk, gotta have that funk”… It’s just… so good.
Different moods for different days, but on a busy day like today, I’m glad I had this groove to get my day and week going. There have been some good ones already, but top to bottom, this is definitely my favorite Parliament album so far.