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Web Site News: New comments from James Donlon. Thanks for the corrections!
Weather: Mild Autumn days -- those gorgeous leaves are steadily sluffing off.
Charity Alert: The Hunger Site Six charities -- clicking is easy as easy can be.
Media Watch: One Nation Under A Groove was best when it covered the earliest days of George's barbershop, Doo-Wop, and Soul-to-Psychedelia. To tell you the truth, George's tales of his barbershop are the funniest ones I've heard, in my opinion. Hearing the Original P -- Calvin, Grady, Fuzzy, and Ray sing around a barber chair was worth tuning in all by itself! It's too bad that Ray Davis left us all earlier this year -- he was a fine bass singer, who even gigged with the Temptations for awhile. 1973's Shakey Ground was the nearest moment we have to mixing Parliament/Funkadelic with Motown. I can't cover everything I saw and heard in one blogging session, but I wish they hadn't relied on that BBC film from a decade ago -- it ended with a snippet of a live version of We Want The Funk, only the vocals were labored and out-of-tune. Guess what? These guys made the same funkin' mistake -- that's EXACTLY the wrong snippet to play under the closing credits.
The P-Funk Mob are the ones who suffer when people hear bad music on their TVs. They almost always sing well in concert -- if they have a bad night, it's an exception. When they did a less-than-great show in Los Angeles earlier this year the after-effects included most of their fall tour being cancelled, possibly because all the national promoters and press were at that single L.A. gig. The next night in San Francisco was spectacular, but the power-brokers weren't there to see it, or spread the good word.
"Giving up THE FUNK" while Lige Curry grooves on the bass in back