Funkadelic (album)

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Studio album by Funkadelic
Released February 24, 1970
Recorded 1968-1969 in Tera Shirma Sound Studios, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Funk, psychedelic soul, psychedelic rock[1]
Length 46:37
Label Westbound
Producer George Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow

Funkadelic is the debut album by the American funk band Funkadelic, released in 1970 on Westbound Records. The album showcased a strong bass and rhythm section, as well as lengthy jam sessions, future trademarks of the band. The album contains two remakes of songs from The Parliaments, an earlier band featuring George Clinton: "I Bet You" and "Good Old Music".

"Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and "What is Soul" contained the beginnings of Funkadelic's mythology, namely that "Funkadelic" and "the Funk" are extraterrestrial in origin but not dangerous.

"I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" was particularly notable for a guitar solo by Rare Earth's Ray Monette. "I Bet You" was later covered by the Jackson 5 on their album ABC, and sampled by the Beastie Boys for their song "Car Thief". The 2005 CD reissue also contains their version of "Can't Shake It Loose", which was recorded two years prior by Diana Ross & The Supremes on their album Love Child. In more recent years, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have combined the main riff of "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and certain parts of the lyrics from "What Is Soul?" in live shows, a version which appears as a B-Side on their 2002 single "By the Way".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (C+) link
Julian Cope (favorable) link
Pitchfork Media (9.0/10) link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Spin (9/10) link

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" (George Clinton) - 9:04
  2. "I Bet You" (Clinton, Patrick Lindsey, Sidney Barnes) - 6:10 (released as a single: Westbound 150)
  3. "Music for My Mother" (Clinton, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson) - 5:37 (released as a single: Westbound 148)
  4. "I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" (Clarence Haskins) - 3:52 (released as a single: Westbound 158)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Good Old Music" (Clinton) - 7:59
  2. "Qualify and Satisfy" (Clinton, Nelson, Hazel) - 6:15
  3. "What Is Soul" (Clinton) - 7:40

2005 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Can't Shake It Loose" (Clinton, Barnes, Joanne Jackson, Rose Marie McCoy) - 2:28
  2. "I Bet You" (Clinton, Lindsey, Barnes) - 4:10
  3. "Music for My Mother" (Clinton, Hazel, Nelson) - 5:17
  4. "As Good as I Can Feel" (Clinton, Haskins) - 2:31
  5. "Open Our Eyes" (Leon Lumpkins) - 3:58
  6. "Qualify and Satisfy" (Clinton, Nelson, Hazel) - 3:00
  7. "Music for My Mother" (Clinton, Hazel, Nelson) - 6:14

Alternate 45 versions and non-album b-sides.

Track 8: Recorded in 1969 and scheduled as Westbound W 159
Track 9: Westbound W 150
Track 10: Westbound W 158
Track 11: Recorded in 1969 and scheduled as Westbound W 149
Track 12: Westbound W 150
Track 13: (45 version) Westbound W 150
Track 14: (Instrumental 45 version) Westbound W 159

Tracks 8-11, 14 are mono recordings.


Note: Exact records of all personnel on all songs have been lost.

  • Eddie Hazel - lead guitar, vocals on "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and "I Bet You"
  • Lucius "Tawl" Ross - rhythm guitar, vocals on "Music for My Mother"
  • Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood - drums on "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic", "I Bet You", "I Got a Thing", "Good Old Music", and "Qualify and Satisfy"
  • Billy "Bass" Nelson - bass guitar on "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and "I Got a Thing"; vocals on "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and "Music for My Mother"
  • Mickey Atkins - Hammond organ on "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?"
The Parliaments
Additional musicians
  • Ray Monette - guitar on "I Got a Thing"
  • Bob Babbitt - bass guitar on "I Bet You"
  • Bernie Worrell - Hammond organ on "I Got a Thing"
  • Earl Van Dyke - Hammond organ on "I Bet You"
  • Brad Innis - drums on "Music for My Mother"
  • Gasper Lawal - conga on "Music for My Mother"
  • Herb Sparkman - lead vocals on "Music for My Mother"

Additional vocals by Hot Buttered Soul.

  • Produced by George Clinton
  • Engineering by Milan Bogden, Russ Terrana, Ed Wolfrum, Bryan Dombrowski
  • Artwork design by The Graffiteria

Later Samples[edit]

Focus On Funkadelic[edit]

In conjunction with the release of Funkadelic, Westbound Records circulated a promotional single called "Focus On Funkadelic" to radio stations. The single features six snippets of tracks from the LP.


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