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Greatest Hits (The Bomb) - Parliament

Parliament

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Treating Parliament as a singles band isn't entirely fair, since many of their greatest moments came when they pushed the boundaries of funk and soul to their limits. However, George Clinton's vision was often so sprawling that it was often best articulated as individual tracks within the studio, which is what makes Greatest Hits (The Bomb) such an effective record. Concentrating solely on Parliament's singles actually illustrates the depth of their vision and influence, since there are no half-baked ideas surrounding these ten stunning songs ("Up for the Down Stroke," "Chocolate City," "Give Up the Funk," "Bop Gun," "Flash Light," "Aqua Boogie"). Of course, their individual albums remain worthy, occasionally essential listening, but as an introduction, Greatest Hits does its job effectively, and for some casual fans, it may be all the Parliament they'll ever need.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Up For The Down Stroke
00:03:29

William Earl Collins, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Hazel, Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fuzzy Haskins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton, Producer, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Bernie Worrell, Keyboards, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Haskins, ComposerLyricist - Raymond Davis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Parliament, MainArtist - Calvin Simon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Grady thomas, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Chase, Whistle, AssociatedPerformer - Cordell Mosson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tiki Fulwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Man In The Box, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Bykowski, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - William (Billie Bass) Nelson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Bronson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Chocolate City
00:05:38

William Earl Collins, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Hazel, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fuzzy Haskins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton, Producer, Co-Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Bernie Worrell, String Arranger, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Raymond Davis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Parliament, MainArtist - Calvin Simon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Grady thomas, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tyrone Lampkin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Cordell Mosson, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tiki Fulwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Perkash John, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Man In The Box, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
00:07:42

William Earl Collins, Co-Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Goins, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fuzzy Haskins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Farrell, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brecker, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Brecker, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Wesley, Co-Arranger, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton, Producer, Co-Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jerome Brailey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Worrell, Co-Arranger, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Raymond Davis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Cooper, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Parliament, MainArtist - Michael Hampton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Simon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Grady thomas, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Boom, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Cordell Mosson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tiki Fulwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Mothership Connection (Star Child)
00:03:08

William Earl Collins, Co-Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Goins, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fuzzy Haskins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Farrell, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brecker, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Brecker, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Wesley, Co-Arranger, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton, Producer, Co-Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jerome Brailey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Worrell, Co-Arranger, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Raymond Davis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Cooper, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Parliament, MainArtist - Michael Hampton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Simon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Grady thomas, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Boom, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Cordell Mosson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tiki Fulwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
00:05:42

William Earl Collins, Co-Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Goins, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fuzzy Haskins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Farrell, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brecker, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Brecker, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Wesley, Co-Arranger, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton, Producer, Co-Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jerome Brailey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bernie Worrell, Co-Arranger, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Davis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Cooper, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Parliament, MainArtist - Michael Hampton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Simon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Grady thomas, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Boom, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Cordell Mosson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tiki Fulwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Do That Stuff
00:03:40

William Collins, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, Producer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Garry Marshall Shider, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
Bop Gun (Endangered Species)
00:08:29

William Earl Collins, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1977 The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
Flash Light
00:04:29

William Earl Collins, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Bernie Worrell, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1984 The Island Def Jam Music Group, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
Aquaboogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)
00:04:27

William Earl Collins, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Bernie Worrell, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1978 The Island Def Jam Music Group

10
Theme From The Black Hole
00:04:38

William Earl Collins, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, Producer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist - JIM VITTI, ComposerLyricist - J.S. Theracon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 Polydor Inc.

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Treating Parliament as a singles band isn't entirely fair, since many of their greatest moments came when they pushed the boundaries of funk and soul to their limits. However, George Clinton's vision was often so sprawling that it was often best articulated as individual tracks within the studio, which is what makes Greatest Hits (The Bomb) such an effective record. Concentrating solely on Parliament's singles actually illustrates the depth of their vision and influence, since there are no half-baked ideas surrounding these ten stunning songs ("Up for the Down Stroke," "Chocolate City," "Give Up the Funk," "Bop Gun," "Flash Light," "Aqua Boogie"). Of course, their individual albums remain worthy, occasionally essential listening, but as an introduction, Greatest Hits does its job effectively, and for some casual fans, it may be all the Parliament they'll ever need.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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