Funkadelic, Let’s Take It to the Stage

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Let's Take It to the Stage

Get off your ass and jam.

In 1974, George Clinton was given back the Parliament name (previously tied up in paperwork), and issued Up for the Down Stroke, the album that marked the beginning of P-Funk's popular ascendance. While the idea was always that Parliament was the horn-focused soul band and Funkadelic the guitar-based rock one, the reality as the '70s progressed was that Funkadelic sounded more like Parliament than like its early self. The final Funkadelic album where the split remained basically intact was Let's Take It to the Stage, the group's most consistent album on or off Westbound even if it doesn't reach the heights of Maggot Brain or Uncle Jam Wants You. The title cut challenges to a play-off everyone else in the funk pantheon at the time, like “Snoofus” (Rufus) and “Godmother” (James Brown). And the snarling guitar of Michael Hampton and the rumpus-room chants of the too brief, self-explanatory “Get Off Your Ass and Jam” would serve as a threat by themselves.