Let's Take It to the Stage
|Let's Take It to the Stage|
|Studio album by Funkadelic|
Let's Take It to the Stage is the seventh album by American funk/soul/rock band Funkadelic. It was released in April 1975 on Westbound Records. The album charted at number 102 on the Billboard 200 and number 14 on the R&B Albums.
Music and lyrics
Let's Take It to the Stage is a funk rock album. Compared to most of the group's albums it features more short and to-the-point songs and fewer extended jam sessions. The "G. Cook" songwriting credited was used by guitarist Eddie Hazel for contractual reasons (the pseudonym reflects his mother's name). Hazel was unable to participate in recording most of Let's Take It to the Stage because he was in prison. The album is also notable for featuring the debut of Bootsy Collins's trademark Hendrix-inspired vocals on the track "Be My Beach". The title track was later sampled on several hip hop hits, including Brand Nubian's "Slow Down", Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise", and N.W.A.'s "100 Miles and Runnin'".
In a contemporary review, Billboard magazine called the album the "usual good mix of soul and jazz sounds, mixed in with singing and street raps", and cited the title track and "Baby I Owe You Something Good" as highlights. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave it a "B+" and wrote that Funkadelic finally "do on vinyl what they've always promised to do in the hype—make the Ohio Players sound like the Mike Curb Congregation."
In a 1981 review, Christgau gave the album an "A–" and said that, although the group "still has a disturbingly occultish bent", he is "inclined to trust the music, which is tough-minded, outlandish, very danceable, and finally, I think (and hope), liberating." He gave Let's Take It to the Stage five out of five stars in a 2008 review for Blender magazine and cited it as Funkadelic's "tightest album ... all 10 tracks rock on." Allmusic's Ned Raggett gave the album three-and-a-half stars and said that "one of Funkadelic's goofiest releases" has "more P-Funk all-time greats as well, making for a grand balance of the serious and silly." Sasha Frere-Jones, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), gave it four stars and said that it was "a summing-up of everything Funkadelic had done to date, and is still their most playable record." He felt that, although Clinton's "sexual politics weren't at their best" on tracks such as "No Head No Backstage Pass", the album is exemplary of the band's musicianship.
|1.||"Good to Your Earhole"||George Clinton, Grace Cook, Fuzzy Haskins||4:30|
|2.||"Better By the Pound" (released as a single-Westbound 5014)||Clinton, Cook||2:40|
|3.||"Be My Beach"||Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell||2:35|
|4.||"No Head, No Backstage Pass"||Clinton, Ron Bykowski||2:36|
|5.||"Let's Take It to the Stage" (released as a single-Westbound 5026)||Clinton, Collins, Garry Shider||3:32|
|6.||"Get Off Your Ass and Jam"||Clinton||2:00|
|7.||"Baby I Owe You Something Good"||Clinton||5:43|
|8.||"Stuffs and Things" (released as the B-side of "Better By The Pound")||Clinton, Cook||2:11|
|9.||"The Song Is Familiar"||Clinton, Collins, Worrell||3:05|
|10.||"Atmosphere"||Clinton, Shider, Worrell||7:05|
- Vocals: 'Cool' Cal Simon, 'Bad Bosco' Bernie Worrell, C 'Boogie' Mosson, Garry 'Dowop' Shider
- Bass Vocals: 'Sting' Ray Davis
- Genie Vocals: 'Shady' Grady Thomas
- Werewolf Vocals: Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins
- Maggot Overlord: George Clinton
- Congas: Calvin Simon
- Keyboards: Bernie Worrell
- Bass: C Boogie Mosson
- Percussion: R Tiki Fulwood
- Guitar: Eddie Hazel, Michael Hampton, Garry Shider
- Alumni Funkadelic: Bootsy Collins (vocals), Billy Bass, Eddie Hazel, Ron Bykowski
- Guest Funkadelic: Paul Warren, Reggie McBride, Frosty, Mello Garcia, Honeys, Denise Hurd, Delores whats-her-name, Gary Cooper, Parliament
- Robert of the Radish (March 11, 2012). "Hip-Hop Tracks That Sample Funkadelic’s Let’s Take It To The Stage". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
- DeCurtis, Henke & George-Warren 1992, p. 269.
- Christgau, Robert (August 2008). "The Guide: Back Catalogue: Funkadelic". Blender (New York). Retrieved May 18, 2013.
- Christgau 1981, p. 145.
- "Billboard's Recommended LPs". Billboard (Los Angeles): 51. June 14, 1975. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
- Christgau, Robert (October 27, 1975). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved May 18, 2013.
- Raggett, Ned. "Let's Take It to the Stage - Funkadelic : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
- Frere-Jones et al. 2004, p. 316–7.
- Christgau, Robert (October 13, 1981). Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251.
- DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. ISBN 0679737294. "If ever an album deserved to be called ahead of its time, this catchy and challenging funk-rock raveup definitely qualifies."
- Frere-Jones, Sasha et al. (2004). Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
- Let's Take It to the Stage at Discogs (list of releases)
- "Masters of the Form: Funkadelic, 1975 - Let's Take It to the Stage" by PopMatters
- About the album