Parliament, the legendary funk gods who brought you Flashlight, Give up the Funk and the thumping bass of Bootsy Collins, are releasing two classic albums through Urban Legends/Universal Music Enterprises.
The 1974 sophomore LP Up for the Down Stroke is being brought out on black vinyl, as well as translucent red vinyl. Their third record, Chocolate City, is also being pressed to black vinyl, and reissued as a picture disc.
These two epic Parliament records are now available to quell your urge to listen to funk on vinyl.
Last year Parliament released their first album since 1980, Medicated Fraud Dog. The 23 track record takes Parliament’s funk focus to more downbeat, deeper, and psychedelic levels. They have come a long way since their Plainfield, New Jersey barbershop beginnings.
George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic still continues to be marked success. They are currently touring the United States, with upcoming shows in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee. If you don’t have plans and feel the urge to watch some live funk, we’d recommend booking your tickets, and flying over asap.
It is rare to hear such an old school, refined approach to funk in this day and age. This vinyl press will undoubtedly transport listeners to a medium where funk was originally heard, felt and grooved to.