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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the legendary Funk band's 1970 debut album including seven bonus tracks. The bonus cuts feature three non-album singles sides and four tracks unissued at the time of recording, including an unedited version of 'Breakdown'. The booklet is fully annotated by Tony Rounce, and features rare photos. Edsel. 2009.

1. I Call My Baby Pussycat
2. Put Love On Your Life
3. Little Ole Country Boy
4. Moonshine Heather
5. Oh Lord, Why Lord
6. My Automobile
7. Nothing Before Me But Thang
8. Funky Woman
9. Livin The Life
10. The Silent Boatman
11. Breakdown (Mono version)
12. Red Hot Mama
13. Come In Out Of The Rain
14. Loose Booty
15. Fantasy Is Reality
16. Unfinished Instrumental
17. Breakdown (stereo unedited version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0029F21DI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A must have for any P-Funk fan.
littlewing
It is more a Funkadelic than a Parliament album in both style and instrumentation, at least when compared to Mothership Connection or Funkentelechy.
Wim Nap
You like me, can just sit back and listen , while your brain goes "WOW this is good stuff".
Calvin B. Miles

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brent C. Knowles on October 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
While most Educated P-Funk fans will tell you that "Up For the Down Stroke" is Parliament's First album without batting an eyelash, this record begs to differ. Released in 1970, George Clinton and the Parlia-Funkadelic crew team up with songwriter Ruth Copeland and Invictus Records to release the fantastic debut "Osmium". Not only is this a great album, but it bests "Up For the Down Stroke" and maybe even "Chocolate City." The album is creative mix of folk, funk, motown and doo-wop that flows together effortlessly.
"I Call My Baby Pussycat" an early concert favorite, starts off the album. This track features great vocals by the group, most notably Ray Davis. One of the best numbers on the album. It would later the redone on "America Eats It's Young" but this version, with its raw playing and soulful singing, is superior. The intro was later pieced into the song "Hardcore Jollies" off the album by the same name. "Put Love In Your Life" is another great number that changes form many times, almost inheriting a progressive rock feel to it. Again featuring great vocals by Ray Davis and Fuzzy Haskins.
Next is my personal favorite on the album: "Little Old Country Boy." This is a hilarious song about a young man who is sent to jail for spying on his cheating girlfriend. The song has a great groove that is brightened by Fuzzy's over the top vocalizing. Invictus records loved this song so much that it put it as the b-side for all of Parliament's single releases during the time. "Moonshine Heather" is an okey jam song. Not one of the more notable on the album, but nevertheless good. "Oh Lord Why Lord/Prayer" is a heartfelt tribute to god. This song is amazingly beautiful but very unlike Parliaments style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brent C. Knowles on November 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
hile most Educated P-Funk fans will tell you that "Up For the Down Stroke" is Parliament's First album without batting an eyelash, this record begs to differ. Released in 1970, George Clinton and the Parlia-Funkadelic crew team up with songwriter Ruth Copeland and Invictus Records to release the fantastic debut "Osmium". Not only is this a great album, but it bests "Up For the Down Stroke" and maybe even "Chocolate City." The album is creative mix of folk, funk, motown and doo-wop that flows together effortlessly.

"I Call My Baby Pussycat" an early concert favorite, starts off the album. This track features great vocals by the group, most notably Ray Davis. One of the best numbers on the album. It would later the redone on "America Eats It's Young" but this version, with its raw playing and soulful singing, is superior. The intro was later pieced into the song "Hardcore Jollies" off the album by the same name. "Put Love In Your Life" is another great number that changes form many times, almost inheriting a progressive rock feel to it. Again featuring great vocals by Ray Davis and Fuzzy Haskins.

Next is my personal favorite on the album: "Little Old Country Boy." This is a hilarious song about a young man who is sent to jail for spying on his cheating girlfriend. The song has a great groove that is brightened by Fuzzy's over the top vocalizing. Invictus records loved this song so much that it put it as the b-side for all of Parliament's single releases during the time. "Moonshine Heather" is an okey jam song. Not one of the more notable on the album, but nevertheless good. "Oh Lord Why Lord/Prayer" is a heartfelt tribute to god. This song is amazingly beautiful but very unlike Parliaments style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calvin B. Miles on December 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is where it started after the success of "I Just Want to Testify" had hit the airwaves. Mr. Clinton had gotten the rights back to the Parliament name and the rest became history. This is Bluesy acid dripping rock from the band. You can tell that this band was going to go far if they hung together. Thankfully, for all of us Pfunk fans they did. This is the real start of it. My favorite cuts are still "Moonshine Heather" and "My Automobile", and the original "Red Hot Mama". This should be in your collection if you say you know all about uncut funk, and also if your in to rockabilly-blues. I must admit though this is not your average fifty yard dash of funk. So be careful, you just might learn something if your a musician, if not it's okay. You like me, can just sit back and listen , while your brain goes "WOW this is good stuff". I still have the original Lp sealed up along with the Chocolate City and Mothership Connection LP's cause it just that good to my earhole. Buy it you'll like it. Besides how else are you gonna know where "The Funk" really came from? You also will learn why the "PFUNK" is the most sampled music form over the last twenty-five years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wally gator on July 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is a lost treasure from the band Parliament. Currently Amazon has this edition listed much cheaper than other editions of the album (which can also be found under the titles Rhemium and Lost Thangs)... some editions have bonus tracks, and it appears that this one doesn't. It lists only the ten tracks from the original 1970 pressing*. While I think some of the missing cuts are essentials (such as the original, way more rocking version of Red Hot Mamma, and the amazing soulful Come In Out Of The Rain... you tube 'em) This original album still has a lot to offer. Such as the original, and I'd say far superior version of CALL MY BABY PUSSY CAT; the doo wopish AUTOMOBILE; the country tinged LITTLE OLD COUNTRY BOY; NOTHING BEFORE ME BUT THANG...it all Demonstrates that George Clinton and the P-Funk mob had a great deal of creative fun when it came to making their music. Even in the old days... This is some spankin' lost booty for sure, Funkateers. Be sure to check it out at whatever cost necessary.

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*From personal experience, when you buy an album used on Amazon, it's usually uncertain on which edition you will actually recieve. I'd say, you may end up with one of the editions with the bonus cuts by mistake... odds are good, since more of those actually were printed onto CD.
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