Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (1976)

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Track Listing:

Butt-to-Butt Resuscitation
	{G Clinton, Eddie Hazel, B Worrell}  3:51  lyrics
Let's Take It to the People
	{G Clinton, Garry Shider, E Hazel}  1:48  lyrics
Undisco Kidd
	{G Clinton, W Collins, B Worrell}  6:34  lyrics
Take Your Dead Ass Home! (Say Som'n Nasty) 
	{G Clinton, G Shider, B Worrell, Glen Goins}  7:16   lyrics
I'm Never Gonna Tell It
	{G Clinton, B Worrell}  3:39  lyrics
Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (Opusdelite Years)
	{G Clinton, B Worrell}  12:52  lyrics
How Do Yeaw View You?
	{G Clinton, W Collins, B Worrell}  3:40  lyrics

Personnel ("Funkadelic Main Invasion Force"):

Guitars: Michael Hampton, Gary Shider, Glen Goins
Keyboards, Synthesizers: Bernie Worrell
Bass: Cordell Mosson
Drums: Jerome Brailey
Percussion: Calvin Simon
Vocals: George Clinton, Calvin Simon, Ray Davis, Gary Shider, Fuzzy Haskins, 
 Grady Thomas, Glen Goins
Backup Vocals ("Maggotusi Vocal Choir"): Debbie Edwards, Pamela Vincent, 
 Cynthia Davis, Donna Davis, Jessica Cleaves, Debbie Wright, Taka Kahn

Song-Specific Personnel:

 "Undisco Kidd"
Lead Vocals: George Clinton
Bass: Bootsy Collins

 "Take Your Dead Ass Home"
Lead Vocals: George Clinton

 "How Do Yeaw View You?"
Vocals: George Clinton, Gary Shider, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper
Guitar: Gary Shider

Rating: GZ ** RC *** MM ***1/2


GZ: I don't know why, but this album never did much for me, the Undisco Kidd goes on for too long.

RC: The last Funkadelic Westbound album benefits from the singing of Glen Goins, but greatly misses the guitar genius of Eddie Hazel. The 'big 2' of this album, "Undisco Kidd" and "Take Your Dead Ass Home" are more commercial than other Funkadelic songs, but that's balanced by Bernie's keyboard/synth weirdness and Boogie & Bootsy's rock-solid, meaty bass-playing. "Take Your Dead..." follows the same idea started from the other dirty nursery rhymes in Funkadelic's bag, "Loose Booty" and "Let's Take It To The Stage." "Undisco Kidd" mocks the emergent disco scene while at the same time sounding danceable, in a sleazy, seductive sort of way. Michael Hampton steps up on this album, most notably on "Butt-To-Butt Resuscition." Glen Goins shines on "I'm Never Gonna Tell It" later redone for Phillipe Wynne's solo album on Uncle Jam Records. Lyrically, the most interesting song is "How Do Yeaw View You?", a clever examination of narcissism. To me, the album falls apart a little on the title track, one of the few Funkadelic long-form jams that I don't like. I think that can be attributed to Eddie Hazel's absence more than anything else. In general, the album's songs are interesting but certainly not classics. It was recorded at around the same time as Hardcore Jollies, and there was general confusion about which songs would end up on which record. This album ended up with the two most famous songs, but overall is more diffuse than Hardcore Jollies.

MM: Follows well from Let's Take It To The Stage in concept and sound. The long title track is interesting, while "Take Your Dead Ass Home" and "Undisco Kidd" are great. Darkhorse favorites are "How Do Yeaw View You?" and the quick hitting "Let's Take It To The People".