Music Review

One Nation Under a Groove (1978)

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Details Lead Performance: Funkadelic; Genres: R&B, Reissues

A new spate of Funkadelic reissues -- including ''Uncle Jam Wants You,'' ''Hardcore Jollies,'' and ''The Electric Spanking of War Babies'' -- peaks with this 1978 release, a glorious distillation of Funkadelic founder George Clinton's concepts of verbal anarchy and tight funk grooves. Framed by the irresistible title song (as catchy as anthems get), and a squalling version of Funkadelic's hard-rock masterpiece ''Maggot Brain,'' One Nation Under a Groove is a deep source of riffs and ideas for '90s rock and rap. A

Originally posted Dec 17, 1993 Published in issue #201 Dec 17, 1993 Order article reprints