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Parliament - Osmium (1970) [Reissue 2001]

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Parliament - Osmium (1970) [Reissue 2001]

Artist: Parliament
Title Of Album: Osmium
Year Of Release: 2001
Label: Castle Music / CMRCD339
Genre: Funk, Soul, P.Funk, Rhythm & Blues
Total Time: 1:19:43
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 206 mb / 584 mb (Covers)

Parliament - Osmium (1970) [Reissue 2001]

The first Parliament album as such was a mixed-up mess of an affair -- but would anyone expect anything less? The overall sound is much more Funkadelic than later Parliament, if with a somewhat more accessible feel. Things get going with an appropriately leering start, thanks to "I Call My Baby Pussycat," which makes something like "What's New, Pussycat?" seem like innocent, chaste conversation. After a stripped-down start, things explode into a full-on funk strut with heavy-duty guitar and slamming drums setting the way, while the singers sound like they're tripping without losing the soul -- sudden music dropouts, vocal cut-ins, volume level tweaks, and more add to the off-kilter feeling. Osmium's sound progresses from there -- it's funk's fire combined with a studio freedom that feels like a blueprint for the future. Bernie Worrell's keyboard abilities are already clear, whether he's trying for hotel lounge jams or full freakiness; similarly, Eddie Hazel is clearly finding his own epic stoned zone to peel out some amazing solos at the drop of a hat. As for the subject matter and end results -- who else but this crew could have come up with the trash-talking, yodeling twang of "Little Ol' Country Boy" in 1970 and still made it funky with all the steel guitar? Other fun times include the piano and vocal-into-full-band goofy romantic romp of "My Automobile" and "Funky Woman," where over a heavy groove (and goofy Worrell break) the titular character lives with the consequence of her stank: "She hung them in the air/The air said this ain't fair!" Amidst all the nuttiness, there are some perhaps surprising depths -- consider "Oh Lord, Why Lord/Prayer," which might almost be too pretty for its own good (Worrell's harpsichord almost verges on the sickly sweet) but still has some lovely gospel choir singing and heartfelt lyrics.


01] I Call My Baby Pussycat
02] Put Love In Your Life
03] Little Ole Country Boy
04] Moonshine Heather
05] Oh Lord, Why Lord/Prayer
06] My Automobile
07] Nothing Before Me But Thang
08] Funky Woman
09] Livin' The Life
10] The Silent Boatman

2001 Bonus Tracks:
11] Red Hot Mama
12] Breakdown (Alternative Stereo Mix)
13] Come In Out Of The Rain (Stereo Mix Of 45)
14] Fantasy Is Reality
15] Unfinished Instrumental
16] Loose Booty
17] Breakdown (Mono 45 Version)

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