Cosmic Slop

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Cosmic Slop
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 9, 1973
Recorded1972-1973
StudioUnited Sound Studio, Detroit; Manta Sound Studio, Toronto
GenreFunk, psychedelic soul
Length35:32
LabelWestbound
WB-2022
ProducerGeorge Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
America Eats Its Young
(1972)
Cosmic Slop
(1973)
Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender3/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB[3]
Mojo4/5 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]
Spin(9/10)[6]

Cosmic Slop is the fifth studio album by Funkadelic, released in July 1973 on Westbound Records. While it has been favorably reevaluated by critics long after its original release, the album was a commercial failure, producing no charting singles, and reaching only #112 on the Billboard pop chart and #21 on the R&B chart.[7]

Cosmic Slop is the first Funkadelic album to feature artwork and liner notes by Pedro Bell, who assumed responsibility for the band's gate-fold album covers and liner notes until the band's collapse after 1981's The Electric Spanking of War Babies. Bell's liner notes to Cosmic Slop include small illustrations next to each song's name, summarizing the song in a picture.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. “Nappy Dugout” (George Clinton, Cordell Mosson, Garry Shider) – 4:33
  2. “You Can’t Miss What You Can’t Measure” (Clinton, Sidney Barnes) – 3:03
  3. “March to the Witch’s Castle” (Clinton) – 5:59
  4. “Let’s Make It Last” (Clinton, Eddie Hazel) – 4:08

Side Two[edit]

  1. “Cosmic Slop” (Clinton, Bernie Worrell) (released as a single-Westbound 218) – 5:17
  2. “No Compute” (Clinton, Shider) – 3:03
  3. “This Broken Heart” (William Franklin) – 3:37
  4. “Trash a Go-Go” (Clinton) – 2:25
  5. “Can’t Stand the Strain” (Clinton, Hazel) – 3:27

Personnel[edit]

  • Engineers: Lee De Carlo, Manta Sound, Toronto

Songs[edit]

You Can’t Miss What You Can’t Measure[edit]

This song is a reworking of the 1965 Parliaments single "Heart Trouble". The instrumental portion of this song was reworked into "Do That Stuff" for the 1976 album The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein.


Cosmic Slop[edit]

  • Lead Vocals: Garry Shider
  • Guitars: Garry Shider & Ron Bykowski
  • Drums: Tyrone Lampkin
  • Bass: Cordell Boogie Mosson

This track was remade several times by future lineups of Parliament/Funkadelic. A live version (recorded during a rehearsal) appears on the 1976 Funkadelic album Hardcore Jollies. Several Parliament/Funkadelic members contributed to a full cover of the track for Bill Laswell’s Axiom Funk project, released on the 1995 album Funkcronomicon.

Another live version, from 1983 and released in 1990 on Live at the Beverly Theater, features Dennis Chambers on drums, Rodney Curtis on bass, and Eddie Hazel, Garry Shider, and Michael Hampton on guitar.

No Compute[edit]

This Broken Heart[edit]

  • Strings: Bernie Worrell
  • Lead Vocals: Ben Edwards
  • Drums: Geezer McGee (disputed)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blender review Archived 2009-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Funkadelic". robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ a b "Music: FUNKADELIC - COSMIC SLOP + 1 : REMASTERED by Funkadelic, 106840287". Tower.com. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  5. ^ "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". google.com.
  6. ^ "Acclaimed Music - Cosmic Slop". Acclaimed Music. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  7. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r7888/charts-awards Allmusic.com - Cosmic Slop chart details
  • Cosmic Slop album liner notes by Dean Rudland (2005). Westbound Records Inc.