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Funkadelic - Motor City Madness: The Ultimate Funkadelic Westbound Compilation

Inspired by The Mothers Of Invention, Hendrix, the space programme, the hippie scene, haystacks of dope and huge vats of acid, George Clinton's Funkadelic confounded both white and black audiences by their insistence on playing free rock, exposing a segregationist confusion in the supposedly freed minds of '60s audiences. Of course, sheer sweet fatback soul coursed often unnoticed through Funkadelic's veins—this was rock invading funk, and funk invading rock. In today's resegregated era, this sounds as wild as ever, from the clarion call of "Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow" to the blazing guitar sustained throughout "Maggot Brain". Glorious.

Rating: 4 / 10


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