The Legends Collection

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Funkadelic metamorphosed initially as the freakier, rock-ish, drug-friendly side of George Clinton's once standup, processed-haired, dressed-to-the-nines vocal group -- Parliament. They were the players, the band that became a self-entity through Clinton's advanced creative imaging. Westbound records issued a slew of albums with colorful, artistic covers by Pedro Bell that became as conversational as the music itself. While some women didn't care for the hard (for the times) music, most loved the covers and didn't mind their guys (or sons) displaying them standing up against a wall or piece of furniture instead of stacked in a pile, and toddlers and kids found the cartoon depictions fascinating. Kudos to Dressed-to-Kill for this pressure-cooking tight compilation. The soul and essence of Funkadelic is presented on 16 uncut hardcore jollies, including live versions of the body-possessing "Cosmic Slop," one of their most commercial efforts and a sure cure for wallflower-itis, and their Picasso, "Maggot Brain," a sinewy demonstration of wired guitar artistry. You'll jam yourself silly on rug killers: "One Nation Under a Groove," "Uncle Jam," "Cholly (Funk Getting Ready to Roll)," and the 15:22 calorie burner "(Not Just) Knee Deep." If your Funkadelic collection is deplete or non-existent, this is a good starting point that will have you seeking more.

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