Finding unreleased Funkadelic from the Westbound years is like discovering the holy grail to find out it's filled with your favorite beverage spiked with your favorite mind enhancer. Nine tracks (and a video clip of "Cosmic Slop" for your computer) from the vaults, five are instrumental jams and four are (somewhat) uncompleted songs, all from the early seventies.
Opener "Heart Trouble" would appear in a different version on 1973's Cosmic Slop, as "You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure", the chorus is about all they share. Here, it's a bouncy little number, propelled by Bernie Worrell's astounding organ playing (he even throws in a little "London Bridges" just for the hell of it). For the extended instrumental outro, Eddie Hazel blazes in with acidic fury. "The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg" is an instrumental version of "The Goose" that would show up in drastically different form on Parliament's "Up For The Downstroke". This version is led by Bernie & Eddie jamming off each other, as is "Vampy Funky Bernie", another instrumental. Just some great jamming by some of the best ever.
"Talk About Jesus" is almost some straight up gospel, which is followed by "Slide On In", a twelve minute long slowburning blues with a short George Clinton monologue talking about "makin' it wet". Eddie really shines for the last half of this one. "Stinkfinger" is a bouncy little ode to quaaludes (according to the lyrics) and "Magnififunk" is another instrumental. Bernie takes center stage on this latin jazz influenced workout, playing both piano and organ, bringing it to a frightening crescendo.
One thing that separates these from their album tracks of the time is that they haven't been given the psychedelic studio treatment, echoes, phasing, reverb and sound effects that usually adorn a Funkadelic recording. These are more stripped down and (slightly) sober. There's even a version of "Wars Of Armageddon" without all of the insane tripped out sound effects. But if you are a fan of the raw, acid rock and soul of early Funkadelic, you're in for a treat my friend. (According to the liner notes, there're more unreleased songs in the vaults, with titles like "Nookie Juice" and "Walrus Fart"!)