Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

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Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 10, 1974
GenreFunk[1][2], funk-rock, psychedelic rock
Length37:48
LabelWestbound
ProducerGeorge Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
Cosmic Slop
(1973)
Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
(1974)
Let's Take It to the Stage
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]
Blender[4]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[5]
Rolling Stonefavorable (1975)[1]
(2004)[6]
Spin9/10[citation needed]
Sputnikmusic[2]

Standing on the Verge of Getting It On is the sixth studio album by Funkadelic, released on Westbound Records, released in July 1974. It is notable for featuring the return of guitarist Eddie Hazel.

On this album, the lyrics generally take a backseat to the music and the jamming. It is one of the most popular Funkadelic albums among fans,[citation needed] and highlights the virtuosic guitar of the returning Eddie Hazel, who had departed following 1971's Maggot Brain.[7] Hazel co-wrote all of the album's songs, although the songwriting credits were mostly in the name of Grace Cook, Hazel's mother (a gambit by Hazel to avoid contractual difficulties with the publishing rights).

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No.TitleWritten byLength
1."Red Hot Mama"Bernie Worrell, George Clinton, Eddie Hazel4:54
2."Alice in My Fantasies"Clinton, Hazel2:26
3."I'll Stay"Clinton, Hazel7:18
4."Sexy Ways"Clinton, Hazel3:05
  Side Two
No.TitleWritten byLength
5."Standing on the Verge of Getting It"Clinton, Hazel5:07
6."Jimmy's Got a Little Bit of Bitch in Him"Clinton, Hazel2:23
7."Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts"Clinton, Hazel12:30

Note: on songs 2–7, Eddie Hazel's songwriting credit was in the name of his mother, Grace Cook.

Personnel[edit]

(all the below is from the liner notes)

Song information[edit]

“Red Hot Momma”[edit]

This song is a remake of a song by Parliament while the band was signed to Invictus Records. The title of this song has been spelled in three different ways on various Parliaments, Funkadelic, and Parliament releases that have featured a version of the song, with the final word being spelled as "Mama," "Mamma," or "Momma."

The guitar solo and jam that conclude this song were continued in the studio, and ended up as a B-side titled "Vital Juices," featuring guitar work by Eddie Hazel and Ron Bykowski. That track is found on Westbound compilation CD Music For Your Mother: Funkadelic 45s as well as the recent CD reissue of the original album.

  • Lead Vocals: George Clinton & Eddie Hazel
  • Lead Guitars and Solos: Eddie Hazel & Ron Bykowski

Charts[edit]

Album

Billboard (North America)[8]

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 163
1974 R&B Albums 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rollingstone
  2. ^ a b "Funkadelic - Standing on the Verge of Getting It On (album review 2) - Sputnikmusic". www.sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ Standing on the Verge of Getting It On at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Standing on the Verge of Getting It on - Blender". Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Funkadelic". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (20 April 2018). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743201698. Retrieved 20 April 2018 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Revisiting Funkadelic's 'Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On' (1974) | Retrospective Tribute". Albumism. 28 April 2019. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  8. ^ "Album Search for "standing on the verge of getting it on"". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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