"I Wanna Testify"/A Historic Compilation of Vintage Soul (1994)

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Track Listing:

(I Wanna) Testify
	{Deron Taylor, G Clinton}  3:11
Time  2:46
Good Ole Music
	{G Clinton}   3:15
I Can Feel The Ice Melting
	{G Clinton, Vivian Lewis}  2:35
Don't Be Sore At Me
	{G Clinton, G Thomas, Pat Lewis}  2:30
All Your Goodies Are Gone (The Loser's Seat) 
	{G Clinton, Clarence Haskins, Billy Nelson}  3:13  
Little Man  2:33
The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg
	{G Clinton, Ernie Harris, Eddie Hazel}  3:07
What You Been Growing  2:26
Look At What I Almost Missed
	{G Clinton, V Lewis}  3:13
A New Day Begins  3:06
The Fellows: Let's Make It Last
	{G Clinton, E Hazel}   2:56
All Your Goodies Are Gone (Instrumental)  2:34
Baby I Owe You Something Good (Instrumental)
	{G Clinton}  2:40
I'll Wait
	{G Clinton, E Hazel}  2:48
I'll Wait (Instrumental)  2:18

 Other unspecified writers: Mike Terry, Vivian "Tawala" Lewis, Ernie Harris,
Eddie Hazel, Pat Lewis, G Thomas, Deron Taylor, Leon Ware, Don Davis.

Rating:  RC: ****


RC: This is a collection of all the Revilot Parliaments singles, including "(I Wanna) Testify", the hit that spawned the P.Funk empire. Most of the material was recorded in one session. The collection also includes a couple of Clinton-produced songs that would later become Parliament or Funkadelic tunes, including an instrumental or two. "I'll Wait" later became "I'll Stay" on Funkadelic's Standing On The Verge... album. "What You Been Growing" evolved into "Can You Get To That", which later appeared on Funkadelic's Maggot Brain. "(I Wanna) Testify", "All Your Goodies Are Gone" and "The Goose (That Laid The Golden Egg)" all later appeared in revamped versions on Parliament's Up For The Down Stroke. "Good Ole Music" popped up on Funkadelic's Funkadelic. The instrumental "Baby I Owe You Something Good" was later done by US Music with Funkadelic, and by Funkadelic on Let's Take It To The Stage. Lastly, Funkadelic did a version of "Let's Make It Last" on Cosmic Slop.

Many of the future P.Funk songs were actually B-sides here. The A-sides were more typically Motown-ish in nature, although they still had that aura of chaos to them that only George Clinton's involvement in something can bring. The B-sides were an altogether different experience, with weird lyrics; extended, quasi-psychedelic jams that were virtually unheard of on a soul record, and generally set the stage for what was to come. The sound quality is OK, but not superior, on this CD. Their breakout single, "Testify", actually only features George Clinton from the regular Parliament crew. He recorded it with another group named the Holidays, as well as regular associate Pat Lewis.