Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday! Pinocchio’s Placebo Syndrome


Another Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday to interweb viewers and any other-dimensional beings out there.  I am working on a second cut of “Night of the Living Dub,” so today’s post will be short but sweet.  Today, I offer up some rare Parliament Funkadelic outtakes from 1973.  Gwyneth knows that if you fake the funk your nose, or at least your bow, will grow.



Hearing the creation and evolution of songs is fascinating even if it isn’t always pretty.  Thus, I am always intrigued by studio outtakes.  Multiple songs from these sessions ended up appearing on albums.  “Up For the Downstroke,” “I Can Move If You Let Me” and “Presence of a Brain” appeared on Parliament’s Get Up On the Downstroke (1974) and “Big Footin'” on Chocolate City (1975).  “Standing On The Verge” appeared on Funkadelic’s Standing On the Verge of Getting It On (1974) and “Tales of Kidd Funkadelic” on Funkadelic’s Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (1976).  Bootsy was new to the P, so it is nice to hear him and Eddie jam together.

Being the fan of Eddie Hazel I am, his two jams with Bootsy and “Eddie’s Groove” are my favorite cuts.  “Needy and Greedy” is short, but funky.  “Presence of a Brain” is another good one.  It is an underrated Parliament song.  “Chinny Chin Chin” has a nice riff, but the chorus gets tiresome.



Here is the track listing:

1. Big Footin’ (Alternate)
2. Eddie and Bootsy Jam
3. Up For the Downstroke (Alternate)
4. Eddie and Bootsy Jam 2 (No Solos)
5. I Can Move If You Let Me (Alternate)
6. Origin of Standing On The Verge
7. Presence of a Brain (Alternate)
8. Eddie’s Groove
9. Needy and Greedy
10. George Directing
11. Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (Instrumental)
12. Chinny Chin Chin


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