Wednesday, April 15, 2009
U.S.(United Soul) - Music With Funkadelic
Artist: U.S.(United Soul)
Title Of Album: Music With Funkadelic
Year Of Release: 6 April, 2009
Label: Westbound Record
Genre: Funk / Reissues
1 This Broken Heart 4:35
2 Baby I Owe You Something Good 3:51
3 Be What You Is 3:47
4 I Miss My Baby 5:04
5 Rat Kiss The Cat On The Naval 7:35
6 Baby I Owe You Something Good (Mono Single Mix) 3:53
7 I Miss My Baby (Mono Single Mix) 4:01
The Funkadelic who had made the albums, "Funkadelic", "Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow" and "Maggot Brain" collapsed in on themselves under the pressures of touring and nefarious substances in 1972, although some members shuttled back and forth between Detroit and Toronto and kept recording. One of the side projects embarked upon was an LP by a group called U.S. One single, `Baby I Owe You Something Good' b/w `I Miss My Baby', appeared that year credited to U.S. music with Funkadelic. An album reached test-pressing stage, but until now no more has been heard of it.
U.S. (which stood for United Soul) were from George Clinton's home town of Plainfield, New Jersey. They included future Funkadelic members Gary Shider and brothers Cordell and Larry Mosson. U.S. recorded in Detroit and Toronto with the album produced by Bernie Worrell, Ray Davies and Fuzzy Haskins. In addition it featured many Funkadelic musicians.
The original album master of five tracks includes some prime era Funkadelic grooves, including the outrageous `Rat Kiss The Cat On The Navel' and `Be What You Is', both uptempo psychedelic funk; the wonderful gospel-imbued vocals of Shider on `I Miss My Baby'; and the opener `This Broken Heart'. When the LP wasn't issued the group split up and Funkadelic co-opted some of their members.
This release is part of Ace Records' Westbound 40th Aniversary celebrations. A truly historic lost album it is the first off-shoot from the Parliafunkadelicment Thang, that became a whole industry in itself.
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