Those who are familiar with only "classic" P-Funk, like Funkadelic's "One Nation..." and Parliament's "Mothership Connection" and "Funkentelechy..." are in for a surprise.
There are hammonds, harmonicas, high voices versus low with a funky late 60's sound. It's hard to figure that it was recorded the same year as Ohio Players' "Pleasure" (1972), considering the studio sound.
The multiple-styled 7-minute "You Hit The Nail..." is a perfect introduction to what is to follow. There are highlights like the well arranged instrumental "A Joyful Process", the groove-party "Loose Booty", horn driven "Philmore", "That Was My Girl" with a typical Clinton vocal up front, and the jammin' "Wake Up". Constant changes in instrumentation are being made, hence it never gets boring - a lot of surprises. String sections are featured on several tracks.
One turn-off is the mix of the lead vocal on the renamed "I Call My Baby Pussycat" - it's too low, possibly remixed on purpose because of the words being "too naughty" or something (the songs original title did not include the words "I call my baby" or "cat"...
The horns seem to be arranged and mixed to fill out spaces which they do perfectly; they're never in your face or too far away.
The whole album has a very specific feeling and sound, like no other. You get a feeling that this is one to treasure, since nothing is ever going to sound like this again. Too many people play on this recording for me to be specific about personnel, but Clinton, Worrell, Hazel, Shider, T.Lampkin, T.Fulwood, C.Mosson, Phelps & Bootsy Collins are included.
Don't miss out on this!