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TAL ROSS Giant Shirley (1995)

Giant Shirley (1995)
The Strange Disappearance And Mysterious Return Of Funkadelic’s Long Lost Guitarist, Tal Ross.

“Of the numerous musicians who have played along with George Clinton in his Parliament Funkadelic mob, perhaps the most mysterious of them all would be Tal Ross. Ross was a vital force for such early Funkadelic classics as “Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow” and “Maggot Brain,” but left the band in 1971 after a bad drug experience. Years went by without any word from Ross until 1995, when out of nowhere he issued his first solo album. This was 24 years after last recording with Funkadelic.” All Music Guide

I love this album. Giant Shirley is filled with Ross’ dreamy, meandering, apparently live in the studio jams – more psychedelic than funky, but there’s plenty of both. It’s Ross’ vocal style, however, that sinks the hook in. He sounds tortured… haunted… and not far removed from the “casualty” he’s been made out to be in his absence. It’s nearly impossible to make out what he’s talking about, but Tal’s blues roots still surface via his free-form way with a melody and song. You can also hear the equally disturbed guitars lurking beneath the mix, sometimes biting and frantic, other times just floating in and out with druggy results. Funkadelic drummer ‘Big Foot’ Brailey is on board, smooth groovin‘ most of the way. I suspect that producer Peter Wetherbee (a Bill Laswell cohort) had a lot to do with molding the atmosphere – which sounds like raw, acoustic rehearsals for a funk band. Originally released on Wetherbee’s tiny indie label, Coconut Grove. Give Giant Shirley a few spins. Once Ross’ voodoo madness starts to sink in, it’s hard to shake. A few bucks at Amazon.

Ain’t No Reason
Green And Yellow Daughter
Cry And Show Me
(I’m Lucky)
Forget Her
Get So Mad
‘ Good
Keep On Trying
Forever (My Darling Don’t Cry)
All Over The World (Ain’t That Loving)
Angry Fire (Intestical Swing)
Feeling Like Ahh Lover Should
‘ Toll Man Suite
It Was (Wars Of Armageddon)


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.

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

Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Chocolate City
Theme From The Black Hole
The Big Bang Theory
Children Of Production (Live)
Flash Light
Ride On
Fantasy Is Reality
Agony Of Defeet
Funkin‘ For Fun