It's 1972 and the Funkadelic mob have decided to modify their style once again. This is one of the things that makes Funkadelic such a good band, because while some elements are maintained others evolve. On this album there are strings for the first time, slower sly & the family grooves and things have been tidyed up a bit production wise.
First track gives the game away, 'You hit the...' begins as a great upbeat Funkadelic groove piece, breaking halfway into the kind of country/blues funk they absolutely love and then with 2 minutes to go they blend the whole lot. A melodica even pops up - that's no harmonica... Anyway, it's got a polished feel absent from previous works but sounds great. The other thing that gives the album a different feel is the shortness of most of the tracks and therefore there are a lot more of them than usual. This is because they are definitely attempting to get a Sly & family feel together. The similarities - group male/female vocals, strings and slowed down soul grooves, loads more instruments (conga etc.) - are really striking and apparent on the majority of tracks. The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th especially.
It doesn't stop it from being a great album and if I was rating this on the basis of other artists, I'd probably give it 5 stars. But this isn't Funkadelics best work. Let's take it to... takes the concepts here and makes them Funkadelics own not just a reproduction of another artist.
Worrell's keys really come to the fore and define the feel of this album. A Joyful Process is an absolute monster funky-clav groove, with some fairly baroque arranging in evidence: country tinged string lines, and 'Jesus Loves You' nursery-rhyme guitar breaks! Loose Booty is chicken-scratch greazzzy guitar fonk incarnate, with Worell's psychedelic clav noodlings once more centre stage. Both of these tracks have killer drum grooves, sadly it's not clear who played them, but the genesis of this album was infamously long and tortured as Clinton's whacked out troupe went through various lineups and recording locations beore finally birthing this excellent set. The two tracks mentioned make this well worth the price of poichase, but there's loads more to enjoy here: I'll let you discover that fo' yo'self tho...
good album with some filler tracks and some not so good lead vocals from george clinton.Bootsy's first appearance on a paliament/funkadelic album . With the original band falling appart, the direction this album took is less coherent than the earlier albums . Making it overall the weakest of the early funkadelic albums. but still worth having.