Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament

Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament

by ParliamentParliament


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Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament is a full-priced, one-disc summation of Parliament's recordings for Casablanca Records (since absorbed into what is now Universal and discontinued, hence the issuance on Universal's Mercury imprint), meant to supplant the 1984 LP compilation Greatest Hits (The Bomb) and provide consumers with something in between the more expensive two-CD set Tear the Roof Off 1974-1980 and the discount-priced 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Parliament. The album's focus, writes annotator Tom Vickers, is "chart success," and it includes among its 16 tracks 14 of Parliament's 19 R&B singles chart entries on Casablanca, including all of their R&B Top 40 hits except "Party People" (which crested at number 39 in Billboard). Also included are two album tracks, "All Your Goodies Are Gone" from Up for the Down Stroke and "Let's Take It to the Stage" from Live: P-Funk Earth Tour. Parliament was more of an albums act than a singles act (and more of a live act than a recording act), and only six of these tracks reached the R&B Top Ten, with two, "Flash Light" and "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)," hitting number one, while just two, "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)" and "Flash Light," made the pop Top 20. So, a singles collection makes for a less definitive overview of the group's career than might be true for others. Hence, if the consumer has a few more bucks to spend, Tear the Roof Off 1974-1980 is much the preferred compilation. But all of Parliament's big hits and most of its lesser ones are here.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2002
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0044006333021
catalogNumber: 063330

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Parliament   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Keyboards
Michael Brecker   Horn
Eddie Hazel   Guitar,Vocals
Maceo Parker   Horn
Junie Morrison   Guitar,Keyboards
Philippe Wynne   Background Vocals
Tony Thomas   Guitar
Dennis Chambers   Percussion,Drums
Greg Black   Horn
Bootsy Collins   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Greg Boyer   Horn
Jerome Brailey   Percussion,Drums
Randy Brecker   Horn
Gary Bronson   Percussion,Drums
Linda Brown   Background Vocals
Ron Bykowski   Guitar
Jessica Cleaves   Background Vocals
George Clinton   Vocals
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Guitar
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper   Vocals
Benny Cowan   Horn
Rodney Curtis   Bass
Raymond Davis   Vocals
Ronald Dunbar   Background Vocals
Joe Farrell   Horn
Ron Ford   Background Vocals
Mallia Franklin   Background Vocals
Lawrence Fratangelo   Percussion,Drums
Rick Gardner   Horn
Glen Goins   Guitar,Vocals
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Horn
Michael Hampton   Guitar
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins   Vocals
Larry Hatcher   Horn
Sheila Horne   Background Vocals
Taka Khan   Background Vocals
Tyrone Lampkin   Percussion,Drums
Clay Lawrey   Horn
Dewayne Blackbyrd McKnight   Bass,Guitar
Garry Shider   Guitar,Vocals
Dawn Silva   Background Vocals
Calvin Simon   Vocals
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion,Drums
Grady Thomas   Vocals
Greg Thomas   Horn
Pamela Vincent   Background Vocals
Jeanette "Baby" Washington   Background Vocals
Fred Wesley   Horn
Shirley Hayden   Background Vocals
Michael "Clip" Payne   Background Vocals
Cheryl James   Background Vocals
Joel "Razor Sharp" Johnson   Background Vocals
Tracey Lewis   Background Vocals
David Lee Chong   Keyboards
Jeannette McGruder   Background Vocals
Darryl Dixon   Horn
Janice Evans   Background Vocals
Larry Heckstall   Background Vocals
Lonnie Greene   Percussion,Drums
Gordon Carlton   Guitar
Kenny Colton   Percussion,Drums
Donnie Sterling   Bass
Bryan Chimenti   Background Vocals
Linda Shider   Background Vocals
Deborah Wright   Background Vocals
Danny Cortez   Horn
Valerie Drayton   Horn
Debbie Edwards   Background Vocals
Lynn Mawbry   Background Vocals
Sam Peakes   Horn
Prakash John   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Nelson   Composer
Bernie Worrell   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Eddie Hazel   Arranger
Junie Morrison   Producer
Bootsy Collins   Arranger,Composer
Jerome Brailey   Composer
George Clinton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Author,Concept
Ronald Dunbar   Producer
Garry Shider   Composer
Jim Vitti   Composer
Fred Wesley   Horn Arrangements
Tom Vickers   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
J.S. Theracon   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Barry Schultz   Collage
Sam Peakes   Horn Arrangements

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