is the fourth album by American Mothership Connection funk band Parliament, released on December 15, 1975 on Casablanca Records. This concept album of P-Funk mythology is usually rated as one of Parliament's best. Mothership Connection was the first P-Funk album to feature Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, who had left The J.B.'s, James Brown's backing band. "Mothership Connection" became Parliament's first album to be certified gold and later platinum. The [2 ] Library of Congress added the album to the National Recording Registry in 2011, declaring "[t]he album has had an enormous influence on jazz, rock and dance music." [3 ]
History [ edit ]
Describing the album, George Clinton said "We had put black people in situations nobody ever thought they would be in, like the White House. I figured another place you wouldn't think black people would be was in outer space. I was a big fan of
, so we did a thing with a pimp sitting in a spaceship shaped like a Cadillac, and we did all these James Brown-type grooves, but with street talk and ghetto slang." Star Trek [4 ]
Dr. Dre prominently sampled the songs " Mothership Connection (Star Child)" and " P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" on his album . The Chronic
Reception [ edit ]
In 2003 the
TV network VH1 named Mothership Connection the 55th greatest album of all time.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 276 on
magazine's list of Rolling Stone the 500 greatest albums of all time.
(5/1/03, p. 59) - 5 stars out of 5 - "The masterpiece, the slang creator, the icon builder, the master narrative--or 'the bomb,' as Clinton succinctly put it before anyone else." Rolling Stone
(2/02, p. 87) - Included in Vibe's "Essential Black Rock Recordings". Vibe
The album was included in the book
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Track listing [ edit ]
P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)"
George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell 7:41
Mothership Connection (Star Child)" Clinton, Collins, Worrell
Garry Shider 4:23
Clinton, Collins, Shider, Worrell
Glenn Goins, John McLaughlin 4:02
Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)"
Jerome Brailey, Clinton, Collins 5:46
"Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples"
Clinton, Collins, Shider
"Star Child (Mothership Connection)"
(Promo Radio Version) Clinton, Collins, Worrell
Personnel [ edit ]
Lead vocals - George Clinton (Lead in "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)", "Mothership Connection (Star Child)"), Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins, Ray Davis, Grady Thomas, Gary Shider (lead in "Handcuffs"), Glen Goins (lead in "Unfunky UFO", "Handcuffs"), Bootsy Collins
Horns - Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Boom, Joe Farrell
Bass guitar - Bootsy Collins (Only in "Mothership Connection (Star Child)", "Unfunky UFO", "Handcuffs" and "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples"), [1 ] Cordell Mosson
Guitars - Garry Shider, Michael Hampton, Glen Goins, Bootsy Collins
Drums and percussion - Tiki Fulwood, Jerome Brailey, Bootsy Collins, Gary Cooper
Keyboards and synthesizers - Bernie Worrell ( Minimoog, Wurlitzer electric piano, ARP Pro Soloist, Hammond organ, grand piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet D6) [1 ]
Backing vocals and handclaps - Gary Cooper, Debbie Edwards, Taka Kahn, Archie Ivy, Bryna Chimenti, Rasputin Boutte, Pam Vincent, Debra Wright, Sidney Barnes
Produced by George Clinton
Engineered by Jim Vitti (in Detroit, Michigan), Ralph (Oops) Jim Callow (in Hollywood, Caliiornia) Mastered br Allen Zentz
Photography by David Alexander
Art Direction and Design by Gribbitt!
Chart positions [ edit ]
Certification [ edit ]
Singles released [ edit ]
P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)-NB 852
Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)-NB-856
Star Child-NB 864
References [ edit ]
^ a b c "Parliament’s 1975 LP Mothership Connection revisited with Bernard Worrell". Soulculture.com . Retrieved . 2015-02-24
^ "American album certifications – Parliament". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH
^ "Registry Choices 2010: The National Recording Preservation Board (Library of Congress)". Loc.gov . Retrieved . 2013-07-14
^ Niesel, Jeff (2013-06-26). "Cleveland - Music - Turn This Mutha Out". Clevescene.com . Retrieved . 2013-07-14
^ Birchmeier, Jason. Mothership Connection at AllMusic
^ "Review: ''Mothership Connection''". Superseventies.com . Retrieved . 2013-07-14
^ Review: Mothership Connection
^ "Consumer Guide: ''Mothership Connection''". Robertchristgau.com . Retrieved . 2013-07-14
^ Review: Mothership Connection
^ Bowden, Marshall. "Review: ''Mothership Connection''". Popmatters.com . Retrieved . 2013-07-14
^ McEwen, Joe (March 25, 1976). "Mothership Connection | Album Reviews | Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com . Retrieved . 13 November 2011
^ . Books.google.com Review: ''Mothership Connection'' . Retrieved . 2013-07-14
^ "Review: ''Mothership Connection''". Acclaimedmusic.net . Retrieved . 2013-07-14
^ "Review: ''Mothership Connection''". Sputnikmusic.com . Retrieved . 2013-07-14
^ a b Mothership Connection at AllMusic
^ "American album certifications – Parliament – Mothership Connection". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH
External links [ edit ]