Album #361 – Mothership Connection

Album #361

Mothership Connection was an amazing experience to listen to. Parliament’s frontman, George Clinton, said he was inspired by Star Trek to make this album space themed. He had never heard of a Black man being in Space before, so why not make an album about it. This album was very funky from beginning to end. I was moving and groovin’ to many of the songs. I love Parliament-Funkadelic, especially George Clinton, because of their style. They were very loose and free with the way they dressed and their music. It is really hard for anyone to listen to this album, and not tap their foot. I got really into it. Listening to Mothership Connection made my day so much better as a result. One surprise I found, was that saxophone players Michael and Randy Brecker, famous for playing with Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and other singer songwriters, play on this album. Talk about having your mind being blown. I have a new found respect for the Brecker brothers. Playing with P-Funk, gives any musician a good edge. Of course, Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins are also front and center and both make a great contribution to this album. If you ever want to let loose and have a good time, this album is the one that will do it. That vibe inspired Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to sample heavily from this album. Highlights include: P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up), Mothership Connection (Star Child), Unfunky UFO and Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker). Overall, I give Mothership Connection, 4.5 out of 5.

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