“Osmium” by Parliament - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1970Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Debut album from the expansive psychedelic funk collective, a loose cast twelve to fifteen strong, depending on whose count you're reading. It's both a hit and a miss for me, with three tracks to recommend it, all of which appear consecutively on side one. “Little Ole Country Boy” is a bizarrely brilliant funky hoedown, complete with a nutty boss-hog-style-sermon and a whole lotta yodel-oh-ooh-hee. By contrast, “Moonshine Heather” drills down slow and sexy with it's funky groove, telling the tale of the struggling single mother who's trading in some sort of illegal commodity (moonshine) to make ends meet, “taking care of business”. With an immaculate sense of timing, their classic gospel ballad “Oh Lord, Why Lord / Prayer” follows. With that 1-2-3 they set themselves quite apart from any other group, then or now. They're quite mad, and I quite like them.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [04:24] 4.6.png Parliament - I Call My Baby Pussycat (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson) Disco / Funk
A2 [05:07] 4.8.png Parliament - Put Love In Your Life (George Clinton, Vivian Lewis) Disco / Funk
A3 [03:58] 7.9.png Parliament - Little Ole Country Boy (Ruth Copeland) Disco / Funk
A4 [04:05] 6.6.png Parliament - Moonshine Heather (George Clinton) Disco / Funk
A5 [05:00] 9.2.png Parliament - Oh Lord, Why Lord / Prayer (Ruth Copeland, Phil Trim) Soul
B1 [04:45] 4.0.png Parliament - My Automobile (George Clinton, Clarence Haskins) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B2 [03:56] 5.3.png Parliament - Nothing Before Me But Thang (George Clinton, Bobby Harris, Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell) Disco / Funk
B3 [02:56] 5.7.png Parliament - Funky Woman (George Clinton, Bernie Worrell) Disco / Funk
B4 [05:57] 4.8.png Parliament - Livin’ The Life (George Clinton, Billy Nelson, Bernie Worrell) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B5 [05:45] 5.2.png Parliament - The Silent Boatman (Ruth Copeland) Soul Ballad

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