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Charted: February 21, 1976


Rating: 4.709 (average of 8 ratings)


Genre: R&B > funk


Quotable: arguably the best funk band ever” – Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide


Album Tracks:

  1. P-Funk Wants to Get Funked Up
  2. Mothership Connection (Star Child)
  3. Unfunky UFO
  4. Supergroovalisticprosifunks- tication
  5. Handcuffs
  6. Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)
  7. Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples


Sales:

sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 13
peak on U.K. album chart --


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • P-Funk Wants to Get Funked Up (2/21/76) #33 RB
  • Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) (4/24/76) #15 US, #5 RB. Sales: ½ million.
  • Mothership Connection (Star Child) (9/4/76) #26 RB


Notes: The 2003 reissue adds the promo radio version of “Star Child (Mothership Connection).”


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums One of VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Albums of All Time.


Mothership Connection
Parliament
Review:
“When funk was the bomb. George Clinton cast funk as religion, himself as prophet and a band of acid-gobbling James Brown castoffs [Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker] as apostles” (Blender). “With these two funk veterans supplying the horns, Clinton had everything he could ask for in his already stellar group” (Birchmeier). “Beyond the spaceship and bizarre costumes, the grooves his collective uncorked were as deep as anything Brown cut in the mid-‘70s” (Blender). They “elevated an already mind-blowing band into the best funk band of the ‘70s, arguably the best funk band ever” (Birchmeier).

“The opening song, P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up), harkened back to the opening title track from Parliament’s previous album, Chocolate City, laying down a languid synth aura for a spoken-word intro. When ‘P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)’ steps into second gear though, bringing in Bootsy’s bass, Wesley’s horn, Worrell’s piano, and a chorus of vocalists, it’s fairly evident just how large a step forward Mothership Connection is from the conventional R&B roots of Chocolate City and Up for the Down Stroke” (Birchmeier).

“The second song, Mothership Connection (Star Child), makes the differentiation glaringly evident, most noticeably when the song enters the cosmic, proto-hip-hop ‘swing down sweet chariot’ bridge with its accompanying melody from beyond” (Birchmeier).

“The funk doesn’t stop there though, with the remaining five songs keeping the tempo laden with dense interweaving rhythms, peaking on Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker). In the end, there’s no questioning this album’s impact, one that is still being felt via rap-induced aftershocks. In addition to its contemporary impact and continued longevity, the album was a massive success for Clinton and company upon its release in 1975, elevating the P-Funk collective to unparalleled heights in terms of audience. Some Parliament albums may be flawless, and others may be innovative, but this is the P-Funk zenith in more ways than one, perfect as well as perennial” (Birchmeier).


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Last updated November 8, 2008.