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Funkentelechy Vs the Placebo Syndrome [CASSETTE] Import

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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Uni/Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FCL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Bop Gun (Endangered Species)
2. Sir Nose d'Voidoffunk [Pay Attention - B3M]
3. Wizard of Finance
4. Funkentelechy
5. Placebo Syndrome
6. Flash Light

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourite albums of all time. I only have a single cassette tape, bought in 1981 in Phoenix, which is now almost worn out. Now I put it on and my 10 year old son and myself make complete fools of ourselves!
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By M. J. Hayden on 30 Jun. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great music you got to listen to the lyrics crazy
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is easily equal to the 'Mothership Connection'. Just as halirious and insightful and of course downright funky. Like the 'Mothership Connection' the album's message is crystal clear. The main concept of the album is about how the drugs people take are a form of social control. Parliament's message is simple you don't need drugs to enjoy yourself, just call on 'The Funk'. Basically all this means is do what ever you like and don't worry about whether it's cool or not. Musically this album is less Jazzy and a bit more dance floor orientated, although the horns are there adding colour and energy to the songs. There's some great rhythm guitar on this album, and the bass is incredible too, slithering and sliding all over the place. I can't reccomend this album enough.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
This is the one that got me 15 Feb. 2006
By Patrick R. Walz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In 1983, at 11 years old, music was already a major part of my life. In Jr. High School everyone was either listening to Culture Club, Huey Lewis, or Lionel Richie, while I was in the dusty stacks pulling stuff like U-Roy, Fatback Band and Trouble Funk from my childhood Mecca, the KLAATU record shop in Heidelberg, Germany.

Then one day at the Library (of all places), I uncovered the craziest album I'd ever seen or heard; whacked-out pimpadelic alien motherfletchers brandishing Bop Guns at Sir Nose (D'Void of Funk? What the Fu-?). Man, I had no idea I was about to be recruited to be a soldier in the Army for Uncle Jam.

But there it was, from the massive horns, to the heart puncturing bass, building up and breaking down all the preconcieved notions I had about music. Now, 23-years later, we all know that this is one of the definitive dance records, so I won't even bother to go into tracks like Bop-Gun and Flashlight, because if you're here looking this album up, you've probably already heard those tracks. "Wizard of Finance", my second favorite track, feels like it jumped over from a Funkadelic album, and no matter where you are, or what you're doing, you MUST sing along when it comes on.

But, through all the dance-able tracks, the one that really got me was that swampy groove of "Placebo Syndrome". This, to me, was the hamhock in my cornflakes. This was the template that I would later require of all my "lay-back, smoke-some-sheeba and ut-the-headphones-on-ten" jams like Bootsy's "Sacred Flower" & "I'd Rather Be With You", or Funkadelic's "I'll Stay" and "Maggot Brain". The sweet Parlet harmony crossed with the rasp of Gary and that Synth whine still strikes a chord with me.

So there you have it, when it comes to the party, there is none better, but when the party's over, and your girl's passed out next to you, put on the phones and groove to Placebo one last time before drifting off to visit the Mother Ship.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This Album Completely Blew Me Away 1 Jan. 2001
By M. Scagnelli - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have owned Parliament's Mothership Connection for a long time. I have always said that it was the greatest funk album of all time. When I got Funkentelechy, I was truly blown away. This album is so good, that I think it actually passes Mothership Connecetion as the ultimate Funk album and Parliament's best album. Flashlight is really a great song, but my favorite on the album is the incredible Bob Gun. All the songs are great and pure funk. Get this album.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
More Funk Magic 20 Mar. 2006
By littlewing - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Parliament's superlative follow up to The Mothership Connection.

The finest blend of funk, rock & dance music, at a time when James Brown was going through a dry period and Sly had pimped himself out.

Clinton, Collins, Worrell & Co. were truly unsung magicians, who deserved a lot more publicity then they received through their career. They are hardly known outside the US, UK and Australia. Yet they are probably the biggest influence on rap and hip-hop music.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
What in the world is George talking about? 12 Jan. 2006
By Steven Majors - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1977 I went to the record store and saw them opening the boxes and pulled the album out. I was already a die hard P-Funk fan. When I took the album home, i knew i was in for a treat. "Bop Gun" had to grow on me but I loved "Sir Nose D'Void Of Funk". George Clinton was brazen at times about his drug use. AS one of the other review wroters said . "Look at the album cover". It looks as if he is snorting cocain on the sly. Same thing with the "Trombipulaton" album with stuf like. "Eeny Meeny Miney Tootie, Ring around the blowsee". In any event I was naive that time. I thought he was just being cool in the suit he had on. "Funkentelechy" is a asong about "sublimnal suggestion" in which George (in his strange way) was trying to make us aware of somebody wants our minds. Overall the music is dynamic but when I heard Flash Light, I could not stop playing that song and could not believe how funky that song was. This is a great album. Musically, & Vocal wise. Put the title cut on and get down with the get down.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Dance, sucka!" 3 Dec. 2006
By finulanu - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Really, who can resist bursting out laughing when George shouts that line out in the middle of Flash Light? Not me, that's for sure. This is a classic, arguably the best Parliament album (though one could make a case for Mothership Connection). Like Mothership Connection, it's a concept album that doesn't take itself even remotely seriously. On the contrary, it's a riot.

First off is Bop Gun (Endangered Species). What a song! Funky bassline, great ensemble vocals, cool horn chart and an awesome fake ending... classic stuff there. Then comes the first of the two ten-minute grooves: Sir Nose D'voidoffunk (Pay Attention - B3M), which introduces ol' Smell-O-Vision himself, Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk. This song is arguably the funniest in Parliament's catalogue, and certainly one of the funkiest. The clever, charming Wizard of Finance is a more Motown-sounding song, with a great bassline and horn part. It's funny, too!

Now for Funkentelechy, arguably Parliament's best song EVER. It's a monster eleven-minute groove that'll have you dancing and laughing at the same time. The basic concept of the song: choose funk (which stands for all that is good) over the fake, material things in the world. Maybe I'm overanalyzing, but whatever. It's great. Placebo Syndrome is probably the weakest song here, but it's still pretty good, with a solid groove. The Placebo Syndrome, if you were curious, is disco (which stands for all that is fake and material). The whole thing closes out with Flash Light, which revives the Nose. This ended up their biggest hit, a masterpiece with great bassline, a hilarious chant taken from a Bar Mitzvah, cool fake ending, and Clinton yelling out "Dance, sucka!" - two words that sum this album up perfectly.

Ah, yeah... THIS is how ya play funk!
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