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Us Music With Funkadelic [Import]

Funkadelic Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Westbound Us
  • ASIN: B001R6EQY2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars George Clinton' extended family 21 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a (mostly) previously unrealesed collection from the musicians who made up Funkadelic at the time, brought in to replace the original classic line-up who by now had mostly disbanded. In between recording as Funkadelic these guys, including legendary P-Funker Garry Shider, took advantage of spare studio time to cut their own tunes and here we have them.

The opener 'This Broken Heart' is largely the same version that later appeared on Funkadelic's Cosmic Slop album. The version of 'Baby I Owe You Something Good' is radically different from the version that appeared on 'Let's Take It To The Stage'. Whereas the album version is a heavy, mournful tune with thumping guitars the version on this disc is done in a bar-room oompah honky tonk style! It works brilliantly and further highlights the ease with which the wonderful bunch of musicians assembled by George Clinton could shift styles. 'Be What You Is' and 'I Miss My Baby' are soulful and melodic and mainly piano led. The real highlight for me is 'Rat Kiss The Cat On The Naval' which is a dirty, scuzzy delight. It's a tune which would not have been out of place on the first 3 Funkadelic albums. Nightmarish, nursery rhymes coupled with heavy fuzz guitars. It's a true find and baffling as to why it lay unreleased for so long.

This is highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of Westbound-era Funkadelic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Funkadelic project from the Westbound vaults 26 April 2009
By d.nice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The group was called U.S. (United Soul)They were a side project of George Clinton's.These recordings are from that ensemble that featured Gary Shider,brothers Cordell"Boogie"& Larry Mossom,Peggie Turner,Ben Edwards,"Slim"Edwards and Harvey McGhee. Many of these musicians were featured on Funkadelics "America Eats it's Young". This disc features 7 tracks (2 mono versions) it's really an Ep being that the total total run time of the disc is under 40 minutes. The tracks range from the heavy R&b of "This Broken Heart" &"I miss my baby" (featuring the backing vocals of Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent b.k.a. "DAWN" from :Tony Orlando &...)The 7:00+ minute "Rat Kiss the Cat On The Naval" is a strong reminder of the Funkadelic sound circa 71-73. The raw guitars and screams heard in the background speak for itself. Not a bad disc, I recommend for P-Funk die hards only,a casual p-funk admirer would be just fine with the typical/various greatest hits collection instead of this rare find from the vaults.(I think it's time for Westbound to release tracks Bootsy Collins recorded under the psuedo name "Boots" for Westbound during the mid 70's!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes this is finally released long live funkadelic 27 April 2009
By Sherance Brothers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a diehard p funk fan and anything from the westbound vaults is interesting this was the first p funk spinoff group and yes there's that madness that only george clinton can produce bernie worrell works his maGIC AND IF you miss the eddie hazel days please listen to rat kissed the cat I like the brides version too. anyway this is a must have for diehard funkadelic fans gAry shidr and boogie mosson left the group and joined p funk which was why this project was never released too bad wish they could have worked something out gary shider really shows his chops and we see why he's still with george after all these yeaRS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "United P/Funkadelic Soul!" 18 Sep 2009
By Rhonda L. Singleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"US Music With Funkadelic" is one of those very rare Westbound 'hidden in the vault' gems that periodically surfaces to remind US 'Ol Skool Funkateers' where the 'P' really started, way back in 1969! US (United Soul) was actually an early Funkadelic spin off group, comprised of Gary Shider and Cordell Mosson who would become full time members of Funkadelic the following year...Did I say spin off? Anyway, getting back to the point of this review which is "US Music With Funkadelic" is suprisingly 'Funkalicious' considering that the initial recording of these tracks took place in 1971-72. From the very first track "Broken Heart" (an extended version, of the same track that appears on the "Cosmic Slop" album) to "Rat Kiss The Cat On The Navel" this EP is all that you could expect from any Westbound Funkadelic recording...The BOMB! Unfortunately, this is an EP rather than a full length LP recording which is really dissappointing, but never-the-less "US Music With Funkadelic" is an essential piece of Westbound era P.Funk and a perfect companion piece to "Toys"...What! you don't have the Westbound Funkadelic CD "Toys" either!? Enough of the nonsense! Get up, get out and go get them both right now!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
By David Stamps - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars George Clinton Expanding His Talents 1 Sep 2011
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To start things out this is NOT a Funkadelic album including George Clinton,Eddie Hazel or anyone else like that. Most P-funk fans are more than well aware of the spin off acts it produced in the late 70's such as Brides Of Funkenstein,Bootsy's Rubber Band and even Zapp-to name three of the best known of them. Basically this band is the brainchild of singer/guitarist Gary Shider and the Mosson brothers Cordell and Larry. As the liner notes describe it was around this time the Maggot Brain era Funkadelic lineup broke apart due to finances and drugs. So basically these guys ended up becoming the bridge between one Funkadelic lineup to another. But that's another story. This album finds Gary and co on their own doing something that......well it's clear that would have a strong effect on what George Clinton would be doing next but also finds things in the camp very much in transition.

While the music on this album is very much as eclectic as any P-Funk oriented project there's a lot of hints of the the "cool" style of music George himself so often spoke of as being a part of most of his outfit's past. The cover of The Sonics doo wop hit "This Broken Heart" is a great example of this with it's eccentric mixture of Shider's gravelly vocals with 50's style string arrangements. On "Baby I Owe You Something Good" is surely one of Shider's great retellings of a George Clinton number. He finds the middle ground between old style rural Southern gospel and polka music rhythmically. It goes along great with the melody. "Be What You Is","I Miss My Baby" and "Bat Kiss The Cat On The Naval" all showcase more of Shider's guitar stylings along with the possibilities,especially on the closing cut that he was coming to the same psychedelic afro/latin style that George was going for with "Wars Of Armageddon".

While embracing a little bit of the old style all the members of P-Funk once had it also points the way to the future by blending the old world and new world of R&B into the funk style. It's still very much in that process however. Pretty much everything George Clinton was involved in up until roughly 1973 was very much on that level. But as he could coin soon in song it was very much "a joyful process". As with creating any new innovation of an artform there is an sense of fun and excitement to be had. And on this album you not only find Clinton as well Bernie Worrell and Fuzzy Haskins both reveling in that sense when it came to being completely behind the studio window rather than in the studio itself. This gave them not only the chance to see how a few future members could make music on their own but also how comfortable they could be in behind-the-scenes work. And on both accounts this was a big success.
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