Funkadelic - Standing on the verge of getting it on (1974)

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Standing on the Verge of Getting It On is a 1974 album by Funkadelic, released on After releasing the more commercial record "Cosmic Slop" in 1973 , Funkadelic returned with the amazing "Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On" a year later. The result was a more focused rock album that really packed a punch without any filler. George Clinton and genius guitar player Eddie Hazel wrote all of the compositions on this classic.
The album kicks off to a roaring start with "Red Hot Mama." After a humorous introduction by George himself, a fierce guitar lick by Eddie Hazel breaks the ice and smoothly intertwines with Bootsy's slap bass and the precise keyboard playing of Bernie Worrell to creative one of Funkadelic's most sophisticated grooves yet.

Next, the hard rocking "Alice Of My Fantasies" bursts into frame. This is one of Funkadelic's heaviest songs, with amazing solos and hard hitting percussion. Very similar to Led Zeppelin's early material. A Funkadelic Classic, essential for driving.

"I'll Stay" Slows things down a bit as it kicks in with an eerie bassline that, while not very original, is extremely catchy. This is a reworking of an old Parliaments song. Not my personal favorite on the album, but by no means is it filler.

Side one of the LP closes with the brilliantly executed "Sexy Ways,"
a more R & B number with an incredibly catchy melody. This song was one of the last of its kind that Funkadelic would play before they evolved to more uptempo funk and *gasp* disco styles.

Things start off with another bang on side two. The title track "Standing On The Verge of Getting It On," Is simply outstanding. A song that was originally a concert groove transformed into one Funkadelic's catchiest and most memorable songs. This song almost speaks for itself.

"Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him" follows. The song is a lighthearted look at one of George's gay friends. While the subject matter may be iffey to some people, the groove is solid enough to make anyone's head bob. I commend Funkadelic for being non homophobic and writing this song. If only the modern rap artists of today could try learning from the example that George and company set.

The final song is "Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts" another instrumental song very similar to "Maggot Brain." This song demonstrates the immense talent of Eddie Hazel with a guitar solo that is unrivaled by many other soloists of the time.

"Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On" is not only a great funk album, it is a rock and roll classic. It should be up there with other 70's greats. There are only two Funkadelic albums that I would give 5 stars to: this album and "One Nation Under A Groove." This is a good album to start on if you are just getting into the funk of funkadelica. If you buy one Funkadelic album buy "One Nation Under A Groove," If you buy two, buy that and this fine album. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. By C. Knowles.
1. Red Hot Mama
2. Alice in My Fantasies
3. I'll Stay
4. Sexy Ways
5. Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
6. Jimmy's Got a Little Bit of Bitch in Him
7. Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts

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