Six Degrees of P-Funk: The Best of George Clinton & His Funky Family

Six Degrees of P-Funk: The Best of George Clinton & His Funky Family

by George ClintonGeorge Clinton




This compilation features some of the best solo material from the Parliament/Funkadelic crew during the late '70s and '80s under the direction of George Clinton. Ever the entrepreneur, Clinton had farmed his aggregate of loose booties to no less than five respective (major) labels. While technically Parliament was recording for Casablanca and Funkadelic was signed to Warner Bros., Clinton's short-lived Uncle Jam imprint was issued and distributed by Columbia/Epic. It is here that listeners find the 15 tracks -- nine of which are making their debut in the digital domain -- that comprise Six Degrees of P-Funk: The Best of George Clinton & His Funky Family (2003). While Clinton is the central figure, his most enduring contributions to each of these projects is to simply allow all of the artists involved to develop their unique substrata of funk -- which he does and they most certainly do. The disc rightfully kicks off with a pair of cuts from the P-Funk All Stars' The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership (1996). "If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)" is a sample-heavy and highly danceable side featuring new breed funk-a-teers Erick Sermon of EPMD and MC Breed. "Funky Kind (Gonna Knock You Down)" contains a midtempo groove featuring a trademark full-ensemble vocal supporting Clinton's lead. This is followed by two cuts from bassist Bootsy Collins off of his sole Columbia long-player, What's Bootsy Doin'? (1988). His hardcore "Party on Plastic" and Prince sound-alike "Leakin'" are included here. Former Ohio Player Walter "Junie" Morrison climbed aboard the Mothership in the late '70s. From his solo projects Bread Alone (1980) and Junie 5 (1981) are the melodic and synthesizer-laden "Love Have Taken Me Over" and "Rappin' About Rappin'." Although business differences put the two at odds, Clinton and Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey collaborated momentarily on the all-star side project Mutiny, whose hard-hittin' "Lump"and soulful "Funk 'n' Bop" come from their highly controversial and confrontational Mutiny on the Mamaship (1979). Philippe Wynne's Wynne Jammin (1980) was the only long-player that the vocalist issued on Uncle Jam and stands as one of the rare non-P-Funk-related projects that Clinton produced. The former lead singer for the Spinners includes both the ballad "Never Gonna Tell It" and the beat-heavy dance track "Breakout." The unmistakable sound of Bootsy Collins returns for the seminal hearty party fare "Freak to Freak."This is followed by the final non-P-Funk-related tracks from Champaign, IL, natives Micro Wave. The band -- led by multi-instrumentalist Michael Lane -- scored a Top 15 R&B platter with one of the tunes featured here, titled "Misunderstood."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972421223
catalogNumber: 724212


  1. If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)
  2. Funky Kind (Gonna Knock It Down)
  3. Party on Plastic (What's Bootsy Doin'?)
  4. Leakin'
  5. Love Has Taken Me Over
  6. Rappin' About Rappin' (Uh-Uh-Uh)
  7. Lump
  8. Funk 'N' Bop
  9. Never Gonna Tell It
  10. Breakout
  11. Freak to Freak
  12. Instant Replay
  13. Misunderstood
  14. One of Those Summers
  15. Pumpin' It Up

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Clinton   Primary Artist,Vocals,Musician
Andre Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Marcus Belgrave   Horn
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Taka Boom   Background Vocals
John Glover   Keyboards
Eddie Hazel   Bass,Guitar
Maceo Parker   Horn,Keyboards,Vocals
Junie Morrison   Vocals,Multi Instruments,Musician
Mico Wave   Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Philippe Wynne   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Trudell   Horn
Wes Boatman   Keyboards
Bootsy Collins   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Vocals,Musician,Space Bass
Greg Boyer   Musician
Jerome Brailey   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Syndrum
Brandye   Background Vocals
Frank Bryant   Bass
Jessica Cleaves   Background Vocals
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Musician
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper   Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Benny Cowan   Musician
Lige Curry   Vocals,Musician
Rodney Curtis   Bass,Musician
Marvin Daniels   Horn
John Davis   Musician
Raymond Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ron Ford   Background Vocals
Eli Fountain   Musician
Bernard Fowler   Background Vocals
Mallia Franklin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lawrence Fratangelo   Percussion
Kristin Gray   Vocals
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Horn,Vocals
Michael Hampton   Guitar,Musician
Leo Harrison   Horn
Larry Hatcher   Horn,Vocals
Sheila Horne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Hudgins   Keyboards
Joi   Vocals
Jerry Jones   Drums
Debra Killings   Vocals
Tyrone Lampkin   Drums
Nathaniel Lee   Keyboards,Vocals
Pat Lewis   Vocals
Lynn Mabry   Background Vocals
Rob Manzoli   Vocals
Eddie Martinez   Background Vocals
Dewayne Blackbyrd McKnight   Musician
Bruce Nazarian   Bass,Guitar
Felix Resnick   Strings
Rudy Robinson   Keyboards
Peter "Madcat" Ruth   Harmonica
Nicky Skopelitis   Background Vocals
Erick Sermon   Musician
Garry Shider   Guitar,Vocals,Musician
Dawn Silva   Vocals
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion,Vocals
Gordon Staples   Strings
Greg Thomas   Musician
Jeanette "Baby" Washington   Vocals
Fred Wesley   Horn,Vocals
Charlie Wilson   Vocals
Mark Woerpel   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Colin Wolfe   Musician
Belita Woods   Vocals
Fred Boldt   Horn
Steve Boyd   Vocals,Musician
Shirley Hayden   Vocals,Background Vocals
Louis Kabbabie   Vocals
Michael "Clip" Payne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cheryl James   Background Vocals
Skitch Lovett   Guitar,Vocals
David Lee Chong   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Jeannette McGruder   Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy "Bass" Nelson   Musician
Spearhead   Musician
Darryl Dixon   Horn
Janice Evans   Vocals
Amp Fiddler   Vocals,Musician
Craig Love   Musician
Gordon Carlton   Guitar
Kenny Colton   Drums
Donnie Sterling   Bass
Sheila Brody   Vocals
Kelly Cowan   Vocals
Olivia Ewing   Vocals
Dwayne "Sa'd Ali" Maultsby   Vocals,Musician
Jerome Rogers   Musician
Patty Walker   Vocals
LaShawn Clinton   Vocals
Ann Sheriff   Vocals
Anita Walker   Background Vocals
Mike Wilder   Musician
Jeff Patterson   Vocals
Lloyd Bridges   Vocals
Detroit Symphony Orchestra   Strings,Musician
Gwen Allman   Background Vocals
Teresa Allman   Background Vocals
Valerie Allman   Background Vocals
Kenny Birch   Guitar
Raymond "Bro" Carter   Bass,Vocals
Sly Fox Clinton   Background Vocals
Thomas "Bubz" Fiddler   Vocals,Musician
Melvin El   Horn
Ronnie Faust   Vocals
Diane Fulmar   Vocals
Rick Gard   Horn
Willie "Preacher" Hampton   Guitar
Gary James   Musician
Paul Hill   Vocals
Maurice Davis   Horn

Technical Credits

Bernie Worrell   rhythm arrangement
Junie Morrison   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mico Wave   Composer
Philippe Wynne   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Wes Boatman   String Arrangements
Bootsy Collins   Producer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Jerome Brailey   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tony Camillo   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
George Clinton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
B. Collins   Composer
G. Cooper   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Arranger,Producer
Ron Ford   Composer
Mallia Franklin   Composer
Ben Grosse   Programming
Paul Riser   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Rudy Robinson   rhythm arrangement
Erick Sermon   Producer
Garry Shider   Composer,Producer
C. Small   Composer
Fred Wesley   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Belita Woods   Composer
Barry Haney   Programming
Tracey Lewis   Composer
Tom Vickers   Liner Notes
Bob Bishop   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
Mark Bass   Composer
Linda Shider   Composer
Walter Coleman   Composer
T. Brittain Stone   Composer
J. "Redd" Washington   Composer
L. Holmes   Composer
Lily Lew   Packaging Manager

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