|Studio album by Parliament|
|Released||December 15, 1975|
|Recorded||March–October 1975  at United Sound, Detroit, Michigan, and Hollywood Sound, Hollywood, California|
|Genre||Funk, funk rock|
Mothership Connection is the fourth album by American 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 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."
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 Star Trek, 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."
|Rolling Stone||(favorable) 1976|
Rolling Stone (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."
Vibe (2/02, p. 87) - Included in Vibe's "Essential Black Rock Recordings".
The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
|1.||"P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)"||George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell||7:41|
|2.||"Mothership Connection (Star Child)"||Clinton, Collins, Worrell||6:13|
|3.||"Unfunky UFO"||Clinton, Collins, Garry Shider||4:23|
|4.||"Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication"||Clinton, Collins, Shider, Worrell||5:03|
|5.||"Handcuffs"||Clinton, Glenn Goins, John McLaughlin||4:02|
|6.||"Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)"||Jerome Brailey, Clinton, Collins||5:46|
|7.||"Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples"||Clinton, Collins, Shider||5:10|
|2003 CD remaster bonus track|
|8.||"Star Child (Mothership Connection)" (Promo Radio Version)||Clinton, Collins, Worrell||3:08|
- 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"), 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 and String Ensemble, Hammond organ, grand piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet D6)
- 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, California)
- Mastered br Allen Zentz
- Photography by David Alexander
- Art Direction and Design by Gribbitt!
|US Billboard 200||13|
|US R&B Albums||4|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- 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
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