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Mothership Connection

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The definitive Parliament-Funkadelic album, Mothership Connection is where George Clinton's revolving band lineups, differing musical approaches, and increasingly thematic album statements reached an ideal state, one that resulted in enormous commercial success as well as a timeless legacy that would be compounded by hip-hop postmodernists, most memorably Dr. Dre on his landmark album The Chronic (1992). The musical lineup assembled for Mothership Connection is peerless: in addition to keyboard wizard Bernie Worrell; Bootsy Collins, who plays not only bass but also drums and guitar; the guitar trio of Gary Shider, Michael Hampton, and Glen Goins; and the Brecker Brothers (Michael and Randy) on horns; there are former J.B.'s Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker (also on horns), who were the latest additions to the P-Funk stable. Besides the dazzling array of musicians, Mothership Connection boasts a trio of hands-down classics -- "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)," "Mothership Connection (Star Child)," "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" -- that are among the best to ever arise from the funk era, each sampled and interpolated time and time again by rap producers; in particular, Dr. Dre pays homage to the former two on The Chronic (on "The Roach" and "Let Me Ride," respectively). The remaining four songs on Mothership Connection are all great also, if less canonical. Lastly, there's the overlapping outer-space theme, which ties the album together into a loose escapist narrative. There's no better starting point in the enormous P-Funk catalog than Mothership Connection, which, like its trio of classic songs, is undoubtedly among the best of the funk era.
© Jason Birchmeier /TiVo

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1
P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
00:07:41

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

2
Mothership Connection (Star Child)
00:06:13

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

3
Unfunky UFO
00:04:24

William Earl Collins, Co-Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - 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 - 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
Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication (The Bumps Bump)
00:05:05

William Earl Collins, Co-Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - 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
Handcuffs
00:04:03

William Earl Collins, Co-Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - 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 - Raymond Davis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Cooper, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Parliament, MainArtist - Michael Hampton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Calvin Simon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn La Monte Goins, ComposerLyricist - Janet Mclaughlin, ComposerLyricist - Grady thomas, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Boom, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Cordell Mosson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tiki Fulwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
00:05:48

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 - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - GEORGE S. CLINTON, Co-Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - 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.

7
Night Of The Thumpasorus Peoples
00:05:10

William Earl Collins, Co-Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - 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 - 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

Album Description

The definitive Parliament-Funkadelic album, Mothership Connection is where George Clinton's revolving band lineups, differing musical approaches, and increasingly thematic album statements reached an ideal state, one that resulted in enormous commercial success as well as a timeless legacy that would be compounded by hip-hop postmodernists, most memorably Dr. Dre on his landmark album The Chronic (1992). The musical lineup assembled for Mothership Connection is peerless: in addition to keyboard wizard Bernie Worrell; Bootsy Collins, who plays not only bass but also drums and guitar; the guitar trio of Gary Shider, Michael Hampton, and Glen Goins; and the Brecker Brothers (Michael and Randy) on horns; there are former J.B.'s Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker (also on horns), who were the latest additions to the P-Funk stable. Besides the dazzling array of musicians, Mothership Connection boasts a trio of hands-down classics -- "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)," "Mothership Connection (Star Child)," "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" -- that are among the best to ever arise from the funk era, each sampled and interpolated time and time again by rap producers; in particular, Dr. Dre pays homage to the former two on The Chronic (on "The Roach" and "Let Me Ride," respectively). The remaining four songs on Mothership Connection are all great also, if less canonical. Lastly, there's the overlapping outer-space theme, which ties the album together into a loose escapist narrative. There's no better starting point in the enormous P-Funk catalog than Mothership Connection, which, like its trio of classic songs, is undoubtedly among the best of the funk era.
© Jason Birchmeier /TiVo

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