Funkadelic - Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On

Expanding back out to a more all-over-the-place lineup -- about 15 or so people this time out -- Funkadelic got a bit more back on track with Standing on the Verge of Getting It On. Admittedly, George Clinton repeats a trick from America Eats Its Young via another re-recording of an Osmium track, namely leadoff cut "Red Hot Mama." However, starting as it does with a hilarious double soliloquy (with the first voice sounding like the happier brother of Sir Nose d'Voidoffunk) and coming across with a fierce new take, it's a good omen for Standing on the Verge as a whole. Eddie Hazel's guitar work in particular is just plain bad-ass; after his absence from Cosmic Slop, it's good to hear him fully back in action with Bernie Worrell, Cordell Mosson, Gary Shider, and the rest. In general, compared to the sometimes too polite Cosmic Slop, Standing on the Verge is a full-bodied, crazy mess in the best possible way, with heavy funk jams that still smoke today while making a lot of supposedly loud and dangerous rock sound anemic. Check out "Alice in My Fantasies" if a good example is needed -- the whole thing is psychotic from the get-go, with vocals as much on the edge as the music -- or the wacky, wonderful title track. There are quieter moments as well, but this time around with a little more bite to them, like the woozy slow jam of "I'll Stay," which trips out along the edges just enough while the song makes its steady way along. In an unlikely but effective turn, meanwhile, "Jimmy's Got a Little Bit of Bitch in Him" is a friendly, humorous song about a gay friend; given the rote homophobia of so much later hip-hop, it's good to hear some founding fathers had a more open-minded view.

AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

Bass – Cordell Mosson, Jimmy Calhoun
Congas – Calvin Simon
Design [Album Concept] – George Clinton, Pedro Bell
Drums – Gary Bronson
Guitar – Eddie Hazel, Garry Shider, Ron Bykowski
Keyboards – Bernie Worrell
Liner Notes – Sir Lleb Of Funkadelia
Percussion – Tiki Fulwood, Tyrone Lampkin
Piano – Leon Patillo
Producer – George Clinton
Vocals – Bernie Worrell, Calvin Simon, Cordell Mosson, Eddie Hazel, Fuzzy Haskins, Garry Shider, George Clinton, Grady Thomas, Ray Davis, Tiki Fulwood

Tracklist

A1 Red Hot Momma 4:54
A2 Alice In My Fantasies 2:26
A3 I'll Stay 7:16
A4 Sexy Ways 3:05
B1 Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On 5:07
B2 Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him 2:30
B3 Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts 12:17

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