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One Nation Under a Groove
Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1978
Recorded1977-1978
United Sound
(Detroit, Michigan)
Monroe Civic Center
(Monroe, Louisiana)
GenreFunk, soul, rock
Length41:40 (original album)
16:58 (bonus EP)
58:38 (total)
LabelWarner Bros.
WB 56-539
ProducerGeorge Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
Hardcore Jollies
(1976)
One Nation Under a Groove
(1978)
Uncle Jam Wants You
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Billboard(favorable)[2]
Blender5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideA[4]
Entertainment Weekly(A)[5]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic4/5[8]
Vibe(favorable)[9]

One Nation Under a Groove is the tenth studio album by American funk and rock band Funkadelic, released on September 22, 1978 on Warner Bros. Records. Recording sessions took place at United Sound Studio in Detroit, Michigan, with one song recorded live on April 15, 1978 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana.[6] The album was the first album to include keyboardist and frequent songwriter Walter "Junie" Morrison.

One Nation Under a Groove was Funkadelic's most commercially successful album, and one of its most critically lauded. It is also regarded by many as the greatest funk album of all time and ranks at or near the top of many "best album" lists in disparate genres.[10] The album was later featured on Vibe magazine's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century list. In 2003, the album is ranked number 177 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time,[11] maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list.[12] The album is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[13]

Songs and music[edit]

"One Nation Under a Groove"[edit]

This song became Funkadelic's biggest hit and the group's only million selling single, and is today regarded as one of their signature songs, being a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll and Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It was also a top 40 hit.

Original LP track listing[edit]

In the US, the original album came with a bonus 7" EP.[14] In Europe, the Bonus-EP was replaced by a bonus 12" 45rpm mini-album containing the 3 EP tracks on one side and an extended version of "One Nation Under a Groove" on the other.

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."One Nation Under a Groove"George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Garry Shider7:29
2."Groovallegiance"Clinton, Morrison, Bernard Worrell7:00
3."Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!"Clinton, Morrison, Michael Hampton6:18
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)"Clinton, Shider, Linda Brown10:45
2."Into You"Clinton, Morrison, William Collins5:41
3."Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)"Clinton, Morrison, Collins4:27
Total length:41:40
Bonus EP side one (listed as side three on the cover, side four on the label)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Maggot Brain/Chant (Think It Ain't Illegal Yet!)" (Live at Monroe Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana 15-4-78)Clinton, Edward Hazel8:28
Bonus EP side two (listed as side four on the cover, side three on the label)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lunchmeataphobia (Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet!)"Clinton, Worrell4:12
2."P.E. Squad/Doo Doo Chasers"Clinton, Shider, Brown4:18
Total length:16:58

US Priority CD track listing[edit]

(note that the UK Charly Groove presents side one of the EP (Lunchmeat/PE) as tracks 7 & 8 and side two (Maggot Brain) as track 9.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."One Nation Under a Groove"George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Garry Shider7:29
2."Groovallegiance"Clinton, Morrison, Bernard Worrell7:00
3."Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!"Clinton, Morrison, Michael Hampton6:18
4."Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)"Clinton, Shider, Linda Brown10:45
5."Into You"Clinton, Morrison, William Collins5:41
6."Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)"Clinton, Morrison, Collins4:27
7."Maggot Brain/Chant (Think It Ain't Illegal Yet!)" (Live)Clinton, Edward Hazel8:28
8."Lunchmeataphobia (Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet!)"Clinton, Worrell4:12
9."P.E. Squad/Doo Doo Chasers"Clinton, Shider, Brown4:18
Total length:58.38

Personnel[edit]

Funkadelic Main Invasion Force (as given in the liner notes):

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Billboard review
  3. ^ "Blender review". Archived from the original on 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: F". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ a b Tower.com: One Nation Under a Groove Archived 2009-03-10 at the Wayback Machine. Tower.com. Retrieved on 2008-08-11.
  7. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  8. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  9. ^ Vibe review
  10. ^ Acclaimed Music - One Nation Under a Groove (rankings, ratings, etc.). Acclaimed Music. Retrieved on 2008-08-11.
  11. ^ 177) One Nation Under a Groove : Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2008-08-11.
  12. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  13. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  14. ^ "Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14.

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