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Tear the Roof Off: 1974-1980

ParliamentAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) 7:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Up For The Down Stroke 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bop Gun (Endangered Species) 8:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dr. Fukenstein's Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication Medley: Let's Take it to the Stage/ Take your Dead Ass Home (Say Som'n Nasty) (Live) 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mothership Connection (Star Child) 6:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dr. Funkenstein 5:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Testify (Original Version) 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mr. Wiggles 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Aquaboogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) 9:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. All Your Goodies Are Gone 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Do That Stuff 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Party People 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Prelude 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Chocolate City 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Funkentelechy10:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Theme From The Black Hole 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Big Bang Theory 7:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Children Of Productions 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Flash Light10:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ride On 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Fantasy Is Reality 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rumpofsteelskin 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Agony Of Defeet 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Funkin' For Fun 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001DXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

"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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bop Gun in CD form... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Cursory Comp 4 The Novice P-Funker!! 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".

But maybe this compilation will inspire younger generations
to go out and purchase all the great P-Funk gems and
get hip to one of the truly revolutionary, creative,
innovative and grossly underated original forces
in urban music of the last 30 yrs!
It was True Genius!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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. How in the world did George ever come up with lyrics about "extraterrestrial brothers, dealers in funky music, comin' to you live from the chocolate milky way?" There are many among us who believe George Clinton is an alien from another planet. They may be right. Funkin', eh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed and still jamming it
Published 2 months ago by wendell lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 3 months ago by Darryl Kennebrew
5.0 out of 5 stars PARTY
If you didn't party with Parliament Fundadelic, you were not partying. This was the music to play in the middle of the party.
Published 8 months ago by leelee
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear the Roof Off; 1974 1980
if you like funk music and are a fan of George Cliten and the Parllament funk a delks then you should pick this one up
Published 8 months ago by Matthew J. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation
Featuring 25 tracks spanning over a 6 year period of recorded output, Tear the Roof Off showcases the cream of the crop in Parliament's funky dance grooves and quirky, innovative... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Thirty-Ought Six
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the collectible!
I was very excited to find this set! My fiance owned it own cassette and wanted it on CD. I bought it used, specifically because this was signed by George Clinton and some other... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars I do not remember this
I do not remember this item (Nothing else to say 15 more words required 15 more words required 15 more words required
Published 22 months ago by Deborah F. Montague
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear the Roof Off the Mutha
I had forgotten just how good this double CD was. Even though it was used it was absolutely fine. From Bootsy to Fred Wesley and all the Funkateers.

Published on January 10, 2012 by TNHarvey
5.0 out of 5 stars TALES FROM THE BLACKHOLE!
I always dug me some P funk but, George songwriting comes with so many deranged subliminal messages until writing a sound review on their work is as challenging as listening to it. Read more
Published on November 6, 2007 by Patrick Frierson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Funk
A two-CD set to get he party started right. This is a wonderful compilation of Parliament music. I was very pleased to obtain this collection as it was a very good choice of music... Read more
Published on September 14, 2006 by BKenny
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