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)

8 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    January 2, 2013 - 10:14 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Duncan Walls
    January 2, 2013 - 17:10 | Permalink

    I concur with your sentiment re: Laswell’s amazing 90s output and that ‘last great record company era’ for us old record store men. I worked my last store 1994-1998 and made a point of picking up as many of the myriad Laswell projects that appeared. I must have about ten or 12 different solo and collaborations from that period…

    AND I was also hot on the Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic trail (including one volume of a Hendrix tribute that consisted of songs LIKE Jimi instead of copies). One of my finest & funkiest concert experiences was seeing Funkadelic/Clinton etc in a club that held ab out 1000. The concert started at 8 PM and didn’t stop until 4 AM! Bootsy didn’t come on untill after 1 AM. Somewhere about the 2 hour mark they got into a funky psychedelic Hendrix mode and I swear the entire place shook off it’s foundations as Eddie Hazel & Gary Shider just lifted the vibe in the room to a point I’ve rarely experienced in a live setting. I even met and worked with one of the auxiliary members as a stage hand locally who still lives in the area I assume.

    I also met Bootsy when he was a part of a locally produced session released on Ichiban Records produced by friend Marty Duda called ‘All The King’s Men’ which was a reunion of ten + James Brown /King Records alumni I was able to observe .. Hank Ballard, Pickney Ste Claire, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Bill Doggett, Vickie Anderson , Marva Whitney and our home town heroes The Essentials [now known as The Hi-Risers, an incredible band in their own right] serving as the core band and co-song writers. THAT’s a pretty cool OOP CD worth looking for. Eventually I’ll find it in my piles.

    I especially loved Laswell’s dub reconstructions of the Marley opus and just missed getting a hard copy of his turn at Miles Davis (which I THINK I have in MP3,, have to check). I picked up on Material in the waning days of vinyl in the mid-80s, once owning all their initial EPs and 12″ singles…still have a couple items on vinyl but not the original trio of Material releases, sadly. I particularly like the Jonas Helborg collaboration and some of the darker Laswell full length pieces. Maybe when the barn gets organized this summer I’ll find the box with all those CDs (I know I had them gathered together before I moved) and check in and see what I have that you don’t etc).

    Thanks for this one which is one I missed entirely.

    • 3
      Willard
      January 3, 2013 - 14:27 | Permalink

      Thanks for the tales, Duncan. If you can’t find it, we’ve got the Laswell/Miles project in the archives (click the HERE link in the text). We’ve also got the rare EP/CD with additional tracks, too. Like you, I’ve got the old Material stuff on vinyl. And… I also had the pleasure of meeting both Bootsy and Clinton (on separate occasions), too. Bootsy was touring with those “Groove Is In The House” guys (whatever their name was), actually playing IN their band. Backstage he was a total hoot… his image come to life. While Clinton was another story. It was at a record company party for a roots rock indie label that was thinking about signing him… and MAN did he reek. Well, not him really, but his outfit and multi-colored wig(s), which smelled like they’d been locked away in the tour trunk for a week before wash day. He was mingling, but it seemed that those that had no idea who he was were only mingling away from him.

  • 4
    Sean
    January 4, 2013 - 20:02 | Permalink

    Saw both Bootsy and Maceo as the leaders of separate bands in 2012 in my rather unfunky city of Napa, California.

    Bootsy’s show was more Mothership than Maceo’s but both were lovely. When Bootsy announced that he would be walking out into the crowd during an endless funk workout and not using the aisle it was a night to remember. We carried him over each row to the back of the audience. As he grabbed us for balance, he would often reach out the person (man/woman, young/old) and touch heads. It was moving.

    Oh, what I really wanted to say was that the Laswell that I rock hardest is his Sly & Robbie disc “Rhythm Killers”. Good night.

    Thanks for this.

  • 5
    Anonymous
    January 21, 2013 - 21:15 | Permalink

    Thanks for this Was unaware of it. I have an import comp of Mutiny and man is it funky!

    • 6
      Willard
      January 21, 2013 - 21:43 | Permalink

      Mutiny On The Mamaship? You know you can get almost $200 for that on Amazon HERE.

  • 7
    buzzbabyjesus
    June 30, 2013 - 10:46 | Permalink

    “It’s All Good” rips off Led Zeppelin exactly like Mr. Jimmy ripped off others. Nice!

    • 8
      Willard
      June 30, 2013 - 10:53 | Permalink

      What goes around…

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