Suitably Funky

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With one of the finest (and largest) legacies in all of funk history, it's understandable why there are so many different Funkadelic compilations (as well as their offshoot group, Parliament) on the market. Some of the releases can be a bit tricky to pinpoint, as Funkadelic began as a psychedelic-hard rock-funk band (akin to Jimi Hendrix) in the late '60s, but by the late '70s, had transformed into a more mainstream, dance-oriented act (during which time they obtained their greatest commercial success). The latter musical period is the focus of this 2000 compilation, Suitably Funky -- as tracks are plucked from such albums as 1976's Hardcore Jollies, 1978's One Nation Under A Groove, 1979's Uncle Jam Wants You, and 1981's Electric Spanking of War Babies. While not all of Funkadelic's best tracks from this period are included ("Not Just Knee Deep" is mysteriously absent), most of the expected standouts are included, including one of the late '70s great dancefloor anthems, "One Nation Under a Groove," as well as "Uncle Jam," "Funk Gets Stronger," and "Adolescent Funk," among others. For a glimpse into the Funkadelic world circa the late '70s/early '80s, Suitably Funky is recommended.

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