Funkadelic's Greatest Hits (1976)

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Track Listing:

I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody's Got A Thing  lyrics
I Wanna Know If It's Good To You  lyrics
Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On {G Clinton}  lyrics
Hit It And Quit It  lyrics
Cosmic Slop  lyrics
Can You Get To That  lyrics
Loose Booty  lyrics
Funky Dollar Bill  lyrics
A Joyful Process
I'll Bet You  lyrics

Rating: GZ *** RC ? MM ?


GZ: There's about an album and a half of singles between Best of The Early Years and this one. I'd give Greatest Hits the nod for its glorious leering black sheep cover. Unfortunately there's not much rhyme or reason to the selection, beyond the obvious hits. The track ordering is random, without thematic or chronological cohesion that I can see.

RC: See prior albums for track listings and personnel.

VW: It has an absolutely horrible mix of "Standing On the Verge of Getting It On", which is attributed to Georgie-boy only. When I first heard the version of "Standing On the Verge..." on this album, I just figured it was an example of the less than modern recording techniques of the day. When I bought the CD of "Standing On the Verge...", I was hella surprised to hear the difference in the two mixes.

I'm not talking about CD vs. album sound quality issues. On the CD, the three guitars are panned left, center, right. The drums are out front, hittin' hard! On this album, the guitars are all hangin' around the 10 o'clock position and the drums are waaaaayy in the back- like the drums sounded on early Funkadelic recordings.

After listening and trying to compare, there were very few songs on Funkadelic's Greatest Hits that varied from the originals- at least the original 45's. I used Music For Your Mother as the source of 45's after it occurred to me that most of the songs on ... Greatest Hits were different than the album cuts.

Of the ten songs on Funkadelic's Greatest Hits, only three stuck out: "Standing On The Verge Of Gettin' It On", "Loose Booty", and "A Joyful Process".

I first heard "Standing On ..." from ... Greatest Hits and they way it was presented made me believe the problem was archaic recording techniques. I said that the guitars seemed to hover around 10 o' clock, spatially speaking. After listening again, it turns out that most every instrument is panned dead-center with the exception of the bass. All three guitars are in the center, so it's hard to pick them out, the drums are just wwaaaaayyyy back there and the bass sounds as if it is out-of-phase. It seems to come from the right, but.... It's hard for me to describe "out-of-phase", but once you've been there, you know (I think).

Other than that, the edit is the same as the one on Music For Your Mother. So, it's the 45 edit with a confusing, fouled up mix. Go figger.

"Loose Booty" is the same version as Music For...; a mostly mono mix with a short version. On America Eats Its Young, "Loose Booty" is much longer with a stereo mix which allows the Juice (sic) Harp to be heard clearly. The Juice Harp is animated, with the harp going from left to right. In the mono mix, the harp is barely audible.

Like "Loose Booty", "A Joyful Process" is a short, mono mix unlike on America Eats Its Young. On both Music For... and America Eats..., there is a clavinet-clavinet or clavinet-guitar intro not present on Funkadelic's Greatest Hits. Natch, the version on America Eats... is longer.

While comparing the songs on Funkadelics's Greatest Hits to the originals there were level differences and other small variations, but it could have been because one of my sources was on lp and the other on cd, it might have been because of engineering sloppiness, or I might have been drunk and tired, so I let that small stuff be. I only worried about "obvious" differences.