Parliament Albums Ranked

Parliament was an American funk band formed in the late 1960s by George Clinton as part of his Parliament-Funkadelic collective. More commercial and less rock-oriented than its sister act Funkadelic, Parliament drew on science-fiction and outlandish performances in their work. The band scored a number of Top 10 hits, including the million-selling 1976 single “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker),” and Top 40 albums such as Mothership Connection (1975). Here are all of Parliament albums ranked.

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7. Up For The Down Stroke (1974)

“This album is now 40 years old and it still sounds new !! George Clinton at his best you can dance to Testify and lay back with All Your Goodies… and Whatever Makes My baby…. his albums with Parliament & Funkadelic are so spaced out, he deserves much more recognition.”

6. Live: P-Funk Earth Tour (1977)

“This was the band in the midst of their heydey and most commercially successful period hitting the road and bring their sound, energy, and P-FUNK Power to the world at large. It was an absolute scene to witness a Parliament-Funkadelic performance. The songs do concentrate primarily on the Mothership Connection & Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein albums as both were still in heavy rotation.”

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5. Chocolate City (1975)

“Chocolate City is another George Clinton masterpiece funky and soulful. Most of the tracks are uptempo except for the soulful love song I Misjudged You, which along with Together and Big Footin’ are the best tracks.”

4. The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein (1976)

“A classic drum intro kicks off Do That Stuff and flows into Everything Is On The One. The mid-tempo groove of I’ve Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body) sets up a great finale, Funkin’ For You. The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein is the complete package of legendary P-Funk characters and solid lyrics, with a twist in production that makes it one of the finest Parliament releases ever.”

3. Motor Booty Affair (1978)

“This album jams from beginning to end and has some of the tightest and funkiest grooves of any Parliament or Funkadelic album up to that point. And as previously mentioned in other reviews, the sequencing of songs is perfect and the lyrics, while suggestive, never go over the top and leave the listeners imagination fully engaged to “fill in the blanks” and finishing “writing the story” themselves. I cannot recommend this album enough! The band was riding a wave of unbelievable creative brilliance at this time and it was so fun to be apart of it.”

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2. Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome (1977)

“This album’s overall theme is based upon a battle between the might “Starchild” & his newly introduced nemesis, “Sir Nose d’Voidoffunk” who was in direct disobedience to the orders of the great “Dr. Funkenstein” to spread the glories of Funk across the “Chocolate Milky Way” Galaxy! The story line is so classic and filled with some of the most incredible imagery you’ll ever come across! “

1. Mothership Connection (1975)

“Things open with P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up), an excellent intro to the band’s new direction if there ever was one. It’s eight minutes of groove, with George (and Sir Lollipop Man, alias the long-haired sucka)’s hilarious, offhand spoken comments about how Funk can save your life – but only P-Funk, that is funk played by station WEFUNK, which of course comes from space. The next song, Mothership Connection (Starchild) is arguably the best of the bunch. Of course you can dance to it, and you’ll probably end up singing along with the “swing low, sweet chariot stop and/let me ride” bridge.”