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  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B00002578E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Mommy, What's A Funkadelic?
  2. I Bet You
  3. Music For My Mother
  4. I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody's..
  5. Good Old Music
  6. Qualifiy & Satisfy
  7. What Is Soul

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "typeringsman" on 31 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Whew, these guys must have been seen as making totally weird records. Whereas e.g. the Temptations also made great psychedelic soul/funk at the time, they also left you with the impression they were quite lovable guys. Not so with Funkadelic; you wouldn't have wanted them to be your neighbours. This is the first Funkadelic record, and it's quite dark at times. Not all the numbers work, but when they do they're excellent. On the one hand there's "I got a thing...etc." and "I'll bet you", good, funky, and snappy singles, that a having a slightly mysterious air around them. The more experimental stuff is fomed by "Mommy...", a totally stoned jam that works great. Less convincing is a blues number "Qualify and satisfy", which doesn't really belong here, and the closing also-very-stoned-jam "What is soul", to which my answer is: probably something either more interesting, or groovy.
Altogether, this is a great record however and quite unique in its style. If you're a novice and also want to get a good impression of the later adventures of early Funkadelic (until '75), you might want to look further for the 2CD 'Music for my mother: Funkadelic 45s', on which the majority of this first album is also featured, and which is accompanied by a very good booklet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JUNKHOUSEDOG on 20 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
THESE GUYS SOUND LIKE BLACK SOUL CHILLED OUT HIPPYS
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE ALBUM FULL STOP. ITS THE MOST LOOSE ALBUM THAT WORKS THAT I'VE EVER HEARD. SOMETIMES THE BEATS ARE SO ALMOST OUT OF TIME ITS AMAZING THAT IT WORKS, THIS IS PURE CHILLED OUT SUSTAINED NOTES[ I DONT MEAN LEAD SOLOS BUT JUST SUSPENTION OF TIME OVER A BEAT], JOHN BONHAM STYLE DRUMS ALL THROUGH THE ALBUM AND I MEAN - BIG BIG DRUMS. ALL THE SONGS FLOW ONE TO THE NEXT PERFECTLY, NO CONTRIVENCE. ITS LIKE A HOLE ALBUM THATS BEEN JAMMED OUT BUT JUST HAPPENED TO WORK. THIS IS THE FUNKIEST STUFF I'VE HEARD AS FUNKY AS THE JB'S BUT UNIQUE
THE ALBUMS LIKE JIMMY HENDRIX WITHOUT THE SOLOS,-PERFECT.
THE ALBUM IS MIXED SO WELL,PLAY IT IN AN EMPTY ROOM AND IS ITS SO FULL SOUNDING ITS LIKE YOUR THERE.
I'VE DISCONNECTED ONE SPEAK AT A TIME AND LISTENED TO THE WHOLE ALBUM THEN DONE THE SAME AND LISTENED TO THE WHOLE ALBUM THROUGH THE OTHER SPEAKER CHANNEL AND ITS JUST BRILLIANT.
PLAY IT LOAD AND CHILLOUT THIS IS INCREDIBLE.
VERY BLUSEY GOSPELY EVEN AMERICAN INDIAN SOUNDING , IN A FUNKY ECHOE CHILLED OUT WAY
ON ONE SONG THEY MIMIC THE HARMONICA WITH A VOICE AND I'M A GOOD HARP PLAYER- THEY ARE SO TUNED INTO SOUL, ITS BLISS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim B on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not a lot to say about this album as it's not rocket science. Neck-snappin' bass, pounding rhythms, zinging guitar - all round funky excess. Crank up the volume, upset the neighbours and just you try sitting still! Every home should have one.
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By D C DOOGAN on 13 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One HELL of a debut... 27 Mar. 2003
By David Bederman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bursting onto the Detroit music scene in 1970 was a new type of freaky sound, a band by the name of Funkadelic. Originally the backing band for leader George Clinton's "doo wop" (think The Temptations) group The Parliaments, Funkadelic became Clinton's recording name when he was embroiled in a contract dispute.
Although the sound quality of the debut album is poorer than most (Westbound,..., have yet to remaster the Funkadelic collection, leaving it in a forgotten shambles), the music itself is A material. Funkadelic was VERY wild from the start, acid-laden rock with one psychadelic core (the band's sophomore album, "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow", continues this psychadelia to new heights). Their debut is very muted and soft compared to the later, heavier Funkadelic songs. It's a mish-mash of musical styles that manages to stay coherent thanks to the band's talent.
"Mommy, What's A Funkadelic?" is a very (and I mean VERY) funky 9-minute jam that opens the album. It has one killer bassline, some excellent guitar, and one witty monologue from Clinton about what his band stands for. It also features some amazing guitar work by what appears to be the late Eddie Hazel, a guitar god in his own right. Recently in concert Clinton and co. opened with "Mommy, What's A Funkadelic," a very cool experience (not to mention that live the bass guitar is deafening).
Following "Mommy" is "I Bet You", a well-written love song with some freaky feedback experiments. Needless to say, this song was covered by the Jackson 5, and is very Motownish in lyrics. However, the aforementioned feedback experiments are a MUCH different sound than that of Motown, crackling like a cricket's chirping before mysteriously echoing away. Very eerie... As is Funkadelic custom, a wild guitar solo makes up the middle of the song.
"Music For My Mother" is an underrated song (for its whiny monologue), but the wah-wah guitar and laid-back atmosphere of the song are perfect. It's a song that grows on you over time.
"I Got A Thing" is the album's best song, a short track that starts with SUBLIME wah-wah guitar. Its lyrics, well-written ones about how all people can/should get along, are inspiring. And although the song begins very relaxed and "empty", in the middle it just jumps right into one of the most insane, unexpected, hardcore bridges ever. Then, the highlight of the song is when Fuzzy Haskins (the singer who became a preacher later) suddenly screams out a lyric, ending the first jam. The song gets relaxed again, but quickly flies into a second jam after the first. For the shortest song on the album, "I Got A Thang" is the best.
"Good Old Music", another very long jam, features one of the coolest drum intros ever and some wild, WILD guitar.
"Qualify and Satisfy" is a great blues tune.
"What is Soul?" closes the album, the trademark early Funkadelic freakout song. Opening with a strange George Clinton monologue, this song is designed to be VERY different; you can hear people taking bong hits in the background. Not to mention the lyrics, describing soul as "a hamhock in your cornflakes." Right.
A near-perfect album, "Funkadelic" won't disappoint.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Underheard masterpiece. 20 Jun. 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A record of mixed forms and styles, Funkadelic's debut shows a group trying to find their way-- they had yet to quite find their own direction and were firing off in many paths. The music that works best on here is the rawest of the material-- loose, open, and feeling like its teetering on the edge, manic guitar lines and seemingly random vocals, this material shines.

Sometimes I think people should throw on this CD and listen to "Mommy, What's a Funakdelic?" until it makes sense with your brain, then skip to the last track ("What Is Soul?") and see what you make of it. I know once I "got it", those two pieces and George Clinton's seemingly nonscensical ramblings

In truth, the band would do stronger material, but there's an edge to this stuff that would never again be duplicated. And for every "I Bet You" that drifts into straight r&b, there's a "Music For Your Mother" that strikes of deep south groove meets blistering city innovation. Its an album of blistering guitar playing (courtesy of unsung monster Eddie Hazel) and laid back grooves. Essential listening.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A very underated album 2 Aug. 2002
By Meloh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lets also consider the fact that this was Funkadelic's full length debut album. Unless you want to considered the failed Osimium album on Invictus, as well as a string of early singles. The track I'll Bet You was so motownish it was later covered by the Jackson5 on their second album ABC! I have seen reviews that copared this album to other psychedelic groups like Rare Earth. Yet I have always felt that the early Funkadelic albums are underated in the since that, they showed that albums can be spacey, trippy, and still hold on to a concept. Further more I would go as far to say that if early Funkadelic was more popular, they would have been just as well recieved as Pink Floyd. With heady music thats held together once again, by Clintons genuis toungue and cheek concept and humour. And ruthless guitar from the late great Eddie Hazel. This self titled album was a sure sign of the innovative Rock/funk to come, and serves as further proof that people of color had more than just a hand in creating what is called Rock/Alternative today.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Who Says a Black Group Can't Play Rock? 16 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
From a traditional point of view, the first three Funkadelic albums (this, Free Your Mind..., and Maggot Brain) are disasters--the combination of poorly (if at all) conceived songs, bad recording quality, and abysmal production is enough to put off yer tekkie geeks. But if you're interested in the power of the music, the way the elements (however poorly presented) play off of one another and affect the listener emotionally, you'll love 'em. The first three Funkadelic albums are all masterpieces; this is my favorite. Spacey, groovey rock with generous helpings of Eddie Hazel's walloping guitar is what you get here--none of the silly voices, LSD-drenched lyrical droppings, or staid song construction of later Clinton projects are at all in evidence here. Rather than the zaniness for which Clinton projects are known, this has more of a drony stoner vibe. And it rocks. Buy all three of 'em, but start here.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
this is Funkadelic music, it will blow yr funky mind! 12 Sept. 2000
By Funkmeister G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the debut album by the outstanding musical pioneers Funkadelic & my favourite of what I've heard so far. it opens w/ the immortal line "If you will suck my soul, I will lick yr funky emotions" before getting into the groove of their manifesto track Mommy, What's A Funkadelic? combiming humour, stoner-rock, soul, & something else in a magical blend for the ears. I Bet You is a supreme soul stomper type song unlikely to leave yr head too quickly, perfection. Other highlights are What Is Soul? which closes the album & is a sequel to the 1st track & I Got A Thing... which includes the statement "you don't drink what I drink what I drink, you don't smoke what I smoke, you don't think like I think, you don't joke like I joke" which is to bring people together despite superficial differences. The players are Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell, Tiki Fulwood, & others & the occasional narration of the man behind the curtain George Clinton. I had written a more indepth review before but for some reason it never got posted, all I mean to say is that this is an excellent, intelligent, essential & overlooked album that will indeed Free Yr Mind if you give it a chance.
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