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U.S. Music With Funkadelic



U.S. Music With Funkadelic
U.S. Music With Funkadelic
(CD/LP) Westbound/ACE SEWD149, 2009-03-30

In 1972, as the lineup of Funkadelic that had made the first three albums collapsed in on themselves, some members shuttled back and forth between Detroit and Toronto and kept recording. One of the projects that was embarked upon was an LP by a group called U.S. (United Soul), a single "Baby I Owe You Something Good b/w I Miss My Baby" appeared that year credited to U.S. Music with Funkadelic. The original album of five tracks includes some prime era Funkadelic grooves including the outrageous "Rat Kiss The Cat On The Navel" and "Be What You Is" which are both uptempo psychedelic funk, as well as the wonderful gospel-imbued vocals of Gary Shider on the opener "This Broken Heart". An album reached test-pressing stage, but was never released.

U.S. Music With Funkadelic
U.S. Music With Funkadelic
(CD/LP) Westbound/ACE SEWD149, 2009-03-30

Tracklisting :
01. Broken Heart
02. Baby I Owe You Something Good
03. Be What You Is
04. I Miss My Baby
05. Rat Kiss The Cat On The Naval
06. Baby I Owe You Something Good [Mono Single Mix] *
07. I Miss My Baby [Mono Single Mix] *
(* CD-only bonus tracks)

Links :
westboundrecords.com
acerecords.co.uk

Info :
In 1972 as the line-up of Funkadelic that had made the first three albums, "Funkadelic", "Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow" and "Maggot Brain" - collapsed in on themselves under the pressures of touring and nefarious substances, some members shuttled back and forth between Detroit and Toronto and kept recording. One of the projects that was embarked upon was an LP by a group called U.S. A single 'Baby I Owe You Something Good' b/w 'I Miss My Baby' appeared that year credited to U.S. music with Funkadelic. An album reached test-pressing stage, but until now no more has been heard of it.

U.S. (which stood for United Soul) were from George Clinton's home town of Plainfield, New Jersey and included future Funkadelic members Gary Shider, Cordell and Larry Mosson. They recorded in Detroit and Toronto and the album was produced by Bernie Worrell, Ray Davies and Fuzzy Haskins; it featured many Funkadelic musicians.

The original album of five tracks includes some prime era Funkadelic grooves including the outrageous 'Rat Kiss The Cat On The Navel' and 'Be What You Is' which are both uptempo psychedelic funk, as well as the wonderful gospel-imbued vocals of Shider on 'I Miss My Baby' and the opener 'This Broken Heart'. When the LP wasn't issued the group split up and Funkadelic co-opted some of their members.

This release is part of our Westbound 40th Aniversary celebrations. A truly historic lost album it is the first off-shoot from the Parliafunkadelicment Thang, that became a whole industry in itself.

Press Release :
Where do we find them? Are they down the back of the sofa, in a cupboard under the stairs or perhaps they were lent to friend with a dog-eared copy of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the friend just never gave them back? Only a short period the issue of "Toys" consisting of previously unheard, and slightly unhinged Funkadelic recordings, we are able to unveil the long lost album by United Soul or US music with Funkadelic, as they were credited on their sole 45. This more than hints at the presence of George and the Funk Mob on the recording. In our Funkadelic singles set, "Music From Our Mother" from 1992, US-founder member Gary Shider revealed that an album had been recorded and never released. Now, over 15 years later we have put our hands on the tapes and are releasing the whole album in its orginally running order.

US were from Funkadelic's home town of Plainfield New Jersey. The US album's disappearance from Westbound's release schedule may be because the founder-members, Gary Shider and Larry Mosson were both asked to join – and then became key figures in Funkadelic. Shider had sung on Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain" LP and US were then signed to the Parliafunkadelicment Thang Inc production company. Various members of Funkadelic had moved to Toronto for a time, and so the US album was recorded both there and in Detroit. What emerged is a glorious concoction, that features both the members of US and Funkadelic, and is led by some astounding vocals from Gary Shider. The arrangements are by Bernie Worrell and the LP was produced by Bernie along with Ray Davies and Fuzzy Haskins. The result points to the future sound of Funkadelic.

The opener, 'This Broken Heart', is an update of the New Jersey vocal group the Sonics' 1959 hit. It was so successful that a severely edited version was used on Funkadelic's "Cosmic Slop" LP. The single 'Baby I Owe You Something Good' is a wild funky groove with a touch of Russia about the arrangement, utterly different from the version that was re-recorded and re-arranged for 1975s "Let's Take It To The Stage". 'Be What You Is' features the nursery rhyme funk that became a Funkadelic trademark, but also some seriously weird sounds courtesy of Bernie Worrell and his effect pedals. Side Two opens with the beautiful downtempo 'I Miss My Baby', a showcase for Gary Shider's astounding voice, before we are taken out of the record with the coruscating rock funk of 'The Rat Kiss The Cat On The Naval'. (The CD has two bonus tracks – the two sides of US Music's single in mono.)

This short but strange LP deserves a wider audience and a bit of cheer. This gives us that.
Djouls

Djouls

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N. N."The Deacon"H. ·  20 April 2009, 22:50

This Recording is Long Overdue but in Essence appears right on time.
As we watch the Face of Modern Music Change like That of A Circus Clown of sorts, A true Fan never gives in to complacency nor becomes so familiar as to think we know it all concerning our favorite artist.
I am of the few and privileged to have known all the members of U.S. and have always kept it in the forefront of my mind how instrumental this band was in the founding of a Sound that would later help to re-shape and Galvanize modern American Music as we know it today.
It would be Clear even to the Deaf Mute's ear after hearing U.S., where in fact FUNKADELIC pulled its inspiration and concept from.
Long Live "BIG""Ben & "Slim" Edwards & "COOL-POP" Mosson...


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