is the seventh Let's Take It to the Stage 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 and number 14 on the Billboard 200 R&B Albums. [1 ]
Music and lyrics [ edit ]
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'". [1 ]
"Atmosphere" begins with a monologue by
George Clinton about "dicks and clits". The song appropriates an extended [3 ] Bach organ coda.
Critical reception [ edit ]
In a contemporary review,
magazine called the album the "usual good mix of Billboard 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. [5 ] Robert Christgau of gave it a "B+" and wrote that Funkadelic finally "do on vinyl what they've always promised to do in the hype—make the The Village Voice Ohio Players sound like the Mike Curb Congregation." [6 ]
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 magazine and cited it as Funkadelic's "tightest album ... all 10 tracks rock on." Blender [3 ] 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." [7 ] Sasha Frere-Jones, writing in (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. The Rolling Stone Album Guide
Track listing [ edit ]
"Baby I Owe You Something Good"
"Stuffs and Things"
(released as the B-side of "Better By The Pound") Clinton, Cook
"The Song Is Familiar"
Clinton, Collins, Worrell
Clinton, Shider, Worrell
Personnel [ edit ]
'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
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
References [ edit ]
^ a b 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
^ a b Christgau, Robert (August 2008). "The Guide: Back Catalogue: Funkadelic". (New York) Blender . Retrieved . May 18, 2013
^ "Billboard's Recommended LPs". (Los Angeles): 51. June 14, 1975 Billboard . Retrieved . May 18, 2013
^ Christgau, Robert (October 27, 1975). "Consumer Guide". (New York) The Village Voice . Retrieved . May 18, 2013
^ Raggett, Ned. "Let's Take It to the Stage - Funkadelic : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic . Retrieved . May 18, 2013
Bibliography [ edit ]
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). (3rd ed.). The Rolling Stone Album Guide 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.
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