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Tear the Roof Off: 1974-1980

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"We shall overcome! We got to shoot them with the Bop Gun!" The Parliament end of George Clinton's '70s empire provided him with a wide screen on which to purvey a vision so, well, visionary, that the use of 3-D sunglasses was practically mandatory. Preaching free thought, warning against the effects of the Placebo Syndrome, hijacking NASA concepts in the interest of black empowerment, and alluding to T.S. Eliot before Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On inner-sleeve quote ("Once I was a hollow man, in which a lonely heart did dwell"), the crew did it all with a musical panache that included jazzy horns, layered vocal harmonies, and, of course, beats at once hefty and bouncy. Tear the Roof Off condenses nine albums into a rich two-and-a-half-hour ride to a spiritual Chocolate City. --Rickey Wright

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  1. P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) 7:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Up For The Down Stroke 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Bop Gun (Endangered Species) 8:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Dr. Fukenstein's Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication Medley: Let's Take it to the Stage/ Take your Dead Ass Home (Say Som'n Nasty) (Live/1977) 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Mothership Connection (Star Child) 6:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Dr. Funkenstein 5:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  8. Mr. Wiggles 6:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Aquaboogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) 9:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
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11. Do That Stuff 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  2. Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Chocolate City 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Funkentelechy10:56Album Only
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  6. The Big Bang Theory 7:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Children Of Productions 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Flash Light10:45Album Only
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10. Fantasy Is Reality 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Rumpofsteelskin 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Agony Of Defeet 6:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Funkin' For Fun 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001DXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Stone on June 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Dr. Funkenstein: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love 'Da Bomb!' Bought it after an intriguing encounter with the Give Up The Funk video, and was completely hooked!
Any missteps are minor (there are some... the two albums add up to nearly 2 1/2 hours of music). But when Clinton and his mob hit the one, they really Hit The One. Awesome grooves that MAKE you dance, even if you can't (I'll reserve judgement on myself for now). Completely ruined me for all other funk (except of course JB) because it is just so visceral and magical. Nothing else comes close.
The groove speaks for itself. What doesn't get much play is George Clinton's genius for a lyric. High concept songs like Chocolate City and Funkentelechy rival in their ideas legends like Dylan and Lennon. Any many who can both write the line "You might as well pay attention because you can't afford free speech" and make it JAM is brilliant in my book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony_Tone on July 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
George Clinton and his funk family Parliament Funkadelic has been around for years creating some of the funkiest grooves ever put to wax.. This collection illustrates that this band was and still is one of the funkiest bands ever.. Most of the songs on this collection is taking from 8 of their best albums from the opening P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) taking from one of the greatest funk albums ever Mothership Connection to the closing on disc 2 Funkin For Fun this is a great musical experience.. A great introduction to those who may not be familiar with all the great music of this group.. This is a must for die hard Funk Fans .. Personal favorites: Bop Gun, Aqaua Boogie, All Your Goodies Gone, Funkentelechy, Theme From Black Hole
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on November 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This compilation is pretty good for the novice
johnny-come-lately-to-da' p-funker's out there
who just want to know what the whole Parliament
thing was about!
Of course you can't really do that without
having a definitive Funkadelic comp(which hasn't
been made to my satisfaction yet!)
as well as the Bootsy's Rubberband Anthology
"Glory B, Da' Funk's On Me!"
Then...your funkin' beyond compare!!

But for the Parliament effect, this comp is
pretty cool and the booklet is great with real nice
color pics and info.
My only point of contention with this comp is
that "Night Of The Thumpasaurus Peoples" was heinously
not included on here, as well as some other incredible
album tracks from the original P-Funk albums like "Unfunky UFO" from "Mothership Connection",
"Big Footin'" from "Chocolate City",
"The Goose" from "Up For The Down Stroke",
"Gettin' Ta' Know You", a scorching funk mid-tempo
and "I've Been Watchin' You Move Your Sexy Body",
a hot slow jam that true p-funkers of that time
would all know and love!--from "The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein"
as well as "One Of Those Funky Thangs", "Liquid Sunshine"
and "Motor Booty Affair" from the album of the same
title (M.B.A.). The live version of "Gamin' On Ya!" blows
the original from "Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein" out of the
water and should have been included as also should've
"Sir Nose D' Void Offunk" from
"Funkentelechy V.S. The Placebo Syndrome".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Susnjara on January 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The funk, the whole funk and nothing but the funk -- the P-Funk!!! The bomb. Chocolate-coated, freaky and habit forming. It's all here, majestically captured throughout the 25 tracks of this "funk essentials" two-disc box set of Parliament classics. Parliament was the mothership pre-cursor of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as an unlimited bastion of samples for today hip hoppers.

George Clinton -- alias Doctor Funkenstein, the Atomic Dog, Long Haired Sucker or Star Child -- along with bassist supreme Bootsy Collins, keyboard whiz Bernie Worrell and the rest of the mothership fellowship proudly funk you tender and then tear the roof off the sucker. It just doesn't get any funkier than this. And for your additional pleasure, this set comes with a great 24-page colorful booklet complete with a hilarious "funk encyclopedia."

There's a simple reason thousands of rappers have stolen musical bits and pieces from Parliament tunes. The P-Funk mob possessed the "Bop Gun" that funked "Chocolate City" with a "Flash Light" that shined brightly over "One Nation Under A Groove." "Mr. Wiggles" helped your Sir Nose D'VoidofFunk "Get Up For The Downstroke" and "Do That Stuff," or something like that. Get it? You dig? Right on.

All funkiness aside, TEAR THE ROOF OFF is testament to Parliament's everlasting brilliance. Clinton's crazy entertaining antics, the dance beats, the swirling keyboards, wild horns, ticklish guitar and Bootsy's cosmic bass stylings teamed to make a musical monster unlike any the world has ever seen. The leader of this mega-ring musical circus was the inimitable George Clinton. I don't know what kind of drugs George took in the 70s, but they definitely worked.
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