Category Archives: JEROME “Big Foot” BRAILEY

PARLIAMENT Live: P-Funk Earth Tour (1977)

FrontLive: P-Funk Earth Tour (1977)
Your Mothership Is Calling

Someone asked last month about some live P. Funk so… better late than never. Since it’s taken me this long to get around it, I’m forced to turn to the All Music Guide for text, so it doesn’t sit in limbo for another month. – “The only officially released in-concert Parliament-Funkadelic album, Live: P-Funk Earth Tour captures George Clinton and company at their peak in 1977, compiling recordings of a couple shows (January 19 at the Los Angeles Forum and January 21 at the Oakland Coliseum). The double-LP/single-CD album can’t do justice to the group’s extravagant theatrics, most memorably the landing of the mothership, but it’s a wonderful showcase for their musical ability and their catalog of great songs, most of which come from the 1976 albums Mothership Connection and The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein. No performance was ever the same for these guys, and that’s a major aspect of this album’s entertainment value, for it’s interesting to compare these live performances to their studio counterparts. Of particular note are the 15-minute extended performance of “Dr. Funkenstein” and the three-minute montage “Landing (Of The Holy Mothership).” Though unessential, Live: P-Funk Earth Tour is worth investigating for anyone curious about the Parliament-Funkadelic live experience and is a welcome alternative to the many bootlegs and latter-day P-Funk All Stars live recordings that have circulated over the years.” – The All Music Guide  – Find it at Amazon, HERE.

P Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) (6:13)
Dr. Funkenstein’s Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication Medley (4:59)
Do That Stuff (5:13)
The Landing (Of The Holy Mothership) (3:03)
Undisco Kidd (The Girl Is Bad!) (7:03)
Children Of Productions (2:50)
Mothership Connection (Star Child) (5:53)
Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (5:03)
This Is The Way We Funk With You (5:01)
Dr. Funkenstein (15:05)
Gamin’ On Ya! (4:10)
Tear The Roof Off The Sucker Medley (4:55)
Night Of The Thumpasorus Peoples (6:10)

MUTINY Mutiny On The Mamaship (1979) + Funk Plus The One (1980) – Jerome “Big Foot” Brailey of Parliament/Funkadelic

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Mutiny On The Mamaship (YEAR)
Funk Plus The One (YEAR)
If You Wants To Get Funked Up

A year after leaving Parliament/Funkadelic, drummer Jerome “Big Foot” Brailey dropped this infectious funk bomb, Mutiny On The Mamaship – an aptly titled debut that more-than-hinted at Brailey’s less-than-amicable departure, or mutiny, from George Clinton’s famed Mothership collective. To rub it in George’s face, Brailey took some P-Funk mojo with him, too, as MOTM is essentially a carbon copy of the Parliament/Funkadelic brand. If it wasn’t so well done, you might easily fault JB for the wholesale adaption, but the funky synths, sing-song choruses, wickedly frenetic guitar lines and hard-driving beats are both convincing and infectious. Personally, I prefer the group’s more groovin’ excursions like “What More Can I Say” over the sometimes silly (but always enjoyable) P-Funk blueprints, while the soulful “Everytime You Come Around” points to a broader soul footprint, with layered harmonies that summon the ghosts of late 60s R&B vocal groups. The subversive P-Funk element lurks just beneath the surface of the mix, however, via the searing, non-stop lead guitar work. Mutiny’s 1980 follow-up, Funk Plus The One, continues the concept, but with less intoxicating results. Almost as if the wellspring was already starting to run dry. Something Columbia Records must have also considered, as they dropped the band after the sophomore release. Brailey would resurrect the Mutiny moniker 15 years later with the help of Bill Laswell and his Black Arc label, for the well received Aftershock 2005 (get that one HERE). We’ve got Parliament’s 2CD Tear The Roof Off 1974-1980 (HERE) and the great Tal Ross’ Giant Shirley (HERE) in the archives, too.

MUTINY ON THE MAMASHIP
Go Away From Here (4:16)
What More Can I Say (4:36)
Lump (4:38)
Funk-N-Bop (4:20)
Burning Up (4:12)
Voyage To The Bottom Of The “P” (4:05)
Everytime You Come Around (3:59)
Romeo (Hope You’re Feeling Better) (5:09)

FUNK PLUS THE ONE
Will It Be Tomorrow? (3:23)
Anti-Disco (4:36)
Don’t Bust The Groove (4:10)
Romeo, Take 2 (1:13)
Reality (4:01)
Semi-First Class Seat (6:23)
One On One (4:37)
The Ballad Of Capt. Hymbad (4:01)
Will It Be Tomorrow? (Reprise) (1:19)

MUTINY Aftershock 2005 (1995)… Funkadelic’s Jerome “Big Foot” Brailey and Bill Laswell

Aftershock 2005 (1995)
Funkadelic’s Big Beat, Courtesy Of Bill Laswell

The days of Bill Laswell’s unfettered CD output is one of the things I’ll miss most about the decline of the music industry. Creative obsessives with access to label manufacturing to release whatever their passions dictated is what will make the 90s the “good old days” for us aging music hounds. Fortunately… the music still survives, and this disc, “conceived and constructed” by Parliament/Funkadelic drummer Jerome “Big Foot” Brailey, is just another example of music you’d be hard pressed to imagine being released on disc these days. I don’t recognize a lot of the side players here, so I’m assuming they’re mostly part of Mutiny’s mid-90s touring outfit, while only a few of Laswell’s regular crew make cameo appearances (DXT, Nicky Skopelitis, Bernie Worrell). The music ranges from subdued guitar-driven funk to soulful asides, all anchored by Brailey’s funk/beat prowess. I wouldn’t call this disc essential, but it’s another great example of what Laswell was able to get into the marketplace via his Black Arc label… and his Rolodex of essential names, of which “Big Foot” often was. I had the pleasure of meeting the man around the time this CD was released, and his signature drumstick boasts one of the very few autographs I’ve ever collected over the years. Find Aftershock 2005 cheap at Amazon, HERE. We’ve got more P-Funk in the archives, HERE. Some mega-cool Bill Laswelll projects, too, HERE.

The Growl (5:10)
It’s All Good (5:20)
No Choice (4:27)
Passion (5:13)
Tickin’ Like A Time Bomb (4:49)
Rock The Boat (2:51)
2005 (5:53)
Desires (5:24)
Moments (2:53)
The Growl (Revamp) (1:56)

PARLIAMENT Tear The Roof Off 1974-1980 (1993)

Tear The Roof Off 1974-1980
Shouldn’t Be Much Debate On This One

The funkiest 2CD collection to be found, direct from the Parliament (/Funkadelic) mothership connection. P-Funk’s got plenty of great albums to choose from, a few of which are scattered affairs with filler to spare. But, the conglomerate’s 1974-1980 period is where most of the magic occurs and this set is a great intro to George Clinton’s visionary sci-fi funk madness. The entourage is a legends lists, anchored by the likes of Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Eddie Hazel, ‘Bigfoot’ Brailey, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and literally dozens of other equally talented sideliners. Is it some kind of commentary that my spell checker always flags The ‘Beatles’ but readily accepts ‘P-Funk?’ Amazon.


1
P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) (7:43
)
Up For The Down Stroke
(5:10)
Bop Gun (Endangered Species) (8:33)
Dr. Funkenstein’s Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication Medley
(5:06)
Mothership Connection (Star Child) (6:16)
Dr. Funkenstein (5:47)
Testify
(3:57)
Mr. Wiggles (6:44)
Aqua Boogie
(9:25)
All Your Goodies Are Gone
(5:06)
Do That Stuff
(4:51)
Party People
(4:47)

2
Prelude
(1:40)
Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
(5:48)
Chocolate City
(5:37)
Funkentelechy
(10:56)
Theme From The Black Hole
(4:37)
The Big Bang Theory
(7:11)
Children Of Production (Live)
(2:53)
Flash Light
(10:45)
Ride On
(3:37)
Fantasy Is Reality
(6:41)
Rumpofsteelskin
(5:37)
Agony Of Defeet
(6:27)
Funkin‘ For Fun
(5:56)