Funk of Ages

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Funk of Ages
Studio album by Bernie Worrell
Released 1990
Recorded 1990; Mission Control Studios, Westford, Massachusetts; Greenpoint Studios, Brooklyn
Genre Funk
Label Gramavision Records
Producer Bernie Worrell, Joe Blaney, Bill Laswell
Bernie Worrell chronology
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Funk of Ages is the second solo album by former Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell. The album was released in 1990 by Gramavision Records. The album includes contributions by numerous guest musicians including David Byrne, Herbie Hancock, Keith Richards, Vernon Reid and Phoebe Snow, as well fellow P-Funk band mates Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Gary Cooper, Doug Duffey and Mike Hampton.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sing" (Worrell, Michael Hampton, David Byrne) 4:34
  2. "B.W. Jam" (Worrell, Gary Cooper, Joe Polanco) 3:30
  3. "Funk-A-Hall-Licks" (Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Cooper, Doug Duffey) 5:20
  4. "Ain't She Sweet" (Jack Yellen, Milton Ager) 5:02
  5. "Y-Spy" (Worrell, Steve Jordan, Charley Drayton) 4:27
  6. "Real Life Dreams" (Worrell, David Nyce) 4:43
  7. "Beware of Dog" (Worrell, Dougie Bowne) 2:37
  8. "Straight Ahead" (Worrell, Sheila Washington, John Denicola, Patty Maloney, Gil Small) 3:59
  9. "Don't Piss Me Off" (Worrell, Jerry Harrison, Charlie Midnight) 4:26
  10. "Volunteered Slavery/Bern's Blues/Outer Spaceways" (Rahsaan Roland Kirk/Worrell/Sun Ra) 4:45
  11. "At Mos' Spheres" (Worrell) 3:55
  12. "Real Life Dreams On" (Worrell, David Nyce) 1:39


  • B.W. Jam
  • Clavinet, Synthesizer, Synth Bass, Percussion: Bernie Worrell
  • Drum Programming, Synth Horns, Samples, Sequencing: Joe Polanco, Gary Cooper
  • Horns: Uptown Horns
  • Background Vocals: Bernie Worrell, Gary Cooper, Sheila Washington, Steve Washington, Jenny Douglas-Foote
  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Arrangement: Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins
  • Piano, Synth Bass: Bernie Worrell
  • Bass, Drum Programming: Bootsy Collins
  • Synthesizer: Bernie Worrell, Herbie Hancock
  • Percussion: Larry Fratangelo
  • Banjo: Jimmy Ripp
  • Vocals: Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Gary Cooper
  • Y-Spy
  • Clavinet, Synthesizer, Organ, Lead Vocals: Bernie Worrell
  • Drums: Steve Jordan
  • Bass, Snare, Lap Steel Guitar: Charley Drayton
  • Guitar: Keith Richards, Steve Jordan
  • Percussion: Steve Jordan, Charley Drayton
  • Vocals: Steve Jordan, Gary Cooper, Loren Qualls
  • Real Life Dreams
  • Organ, Clavinet, Synthesizer, Lead Vocals: Bernie Worrell
  • Drums: Sly Dunbar
  • Bass: Robbie Shakespeare
  • Guitar: Jimmy Ripp, Steve Jordan
  • Percussion: Larry Fratangelo, Gary Cooper
  • Background Vocals: Sheila Washington, Jody Bell
  • Beware of Dog
  • Clavinet, Organ, Synthesizer: Bernie Worrell
  • Guitar: Vernon Reid
  • Drums: Doug Bowne
  • Bass: Jimmy Hawkes
  • Saxophone: Maceo Parker
  • Straight Ahead
  • Clavinet, Synthesizer, Synth Bass, Lead Vocals: Bernie Worrell
  • Drums: Steve Ferrone
  • Guitar: Jimmy Ripp
  • Bass: Warren McRae
  • Background Vocals: Gary Cooper, Sheila Washington, Patty Maloney,

John Denicola, Michael Camacho, Doug Duffey

  • Don't Piss Me Off
  • Synthesizer, Synth Bass, Samples: Bernie Worrell
  • Lead Vocals: Phoebe Snow, Gary Cooper
  • Organ: Jerry Harrison
  • Drums: Dennis Chambers
  • Volunteered Slavery
  • Producer: Bill Laswell
  • Organ, Electric Piano: Bernie Worrell
  • Vocals: Bernie Worrell, Gary Cooper
  • Chatan, Conga, Tambourine, Bells: Aïyb Dieng
  • At Mos' Spheres
  • Producer: Bill Laswell
  • Organ: Bernie Worrell
  • Real Life Dreams On
  • Organ, Clavinet, Synthesizer: Bernie Worrell
  • Drums: Sly Dunbar
  • Bass: Robbie Shakespeare
  • Guitar: Jimmy Ripp, Steve Jordan
  • Percussion: Larry Fratangelo, Gary Cooper