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'll 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'll 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
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?"   George Clinton 9:04
2. "I Bet You" (released as a single: Westbound 150) George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Theresa Lindsey 6:10
3. "Music for My Mother" (released as a single: Westbound 148) George Clinton, Edward Hazel, William Nelson 5:37
4. "I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" (released as a single: Westbound 158) Clarence Haskins 3:52
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Good Old Music"   George Clinton 7:59
6. "Qualify and Satisfy"   George Clinton, Edward Hazel 6:15
7. "What Is Soul"   George Clinton 7:40
2005 CD reissue bonus tracks (Alternate 45 versions and non-album b-sides)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Can't Shake It Loose" (recorded in 1969 and scheduled as Westbound W 149) George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Joanne Jackson, Rose Marie McCoy 2:28
9. "I Bet You" (Westbound W 150) George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Theresa Lindsey 4:10
10. "Music for My Mother" (Westbound W 148) George Clinton, Edward Hazel, William Nelson 5:17
11. "As Good as I Can Feel" (recorded in 1969 and scheduled as Westbound W 149 (instrumental)) George Clinton, Clarence Haskins 2:31
12. "Open Our Eyes" (Westbound W 150) Leon Lumpkins 3:58
13. "Qualify and Satisfy" (45 version - Westbound W 150) George Clinton, Edward Hazel 3:00
14. "Music for My Mother" (Instrumental 45 version - Westbound W 149) George Clinton, Edward Hazel, William Nelson 6:14
  • Tracks 8-11, 14 are mono recordings.


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

  • Eddie Hazel - lead guitar, backing vocals on "Mommy, What's What's A Funkadelic?",vocals on "I Bet You" & "Can't shake it loose", All Lead Vocals on "Open Our Eyes", bridge vocals on "I got a thing"
  • Lucius "Tawl" Ross - rhythm guitar
  • Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood - drums on (1,2,4,5,6,7,9,13)
  • Billy "Bass" Nelson - bass guitar on (3,4,6); backing vocals, Lead vocals on "Good Old Music"
  • Mickey Atkins - Hammond organ on (5,6,7)
The Parliaments
Additional musicians
  • Ray Monette - guitar on (2,9)
  • Bob Babbitt - bass guitar on (1,2,9)
  • Bernie Worrell - Hammond organ on (4)
  • Earl Van Dyke - Hammond organ on (2,9)
  • Brad Innis - drums on (3)
  • Gasper Lawal - conga on (3)
  • 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

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.

Later samples[edit]


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