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Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

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January 2, 1975

Certainly no one can accuse Funkadelic of taking themselves too seriously. Here they've come up with a record that seems to be the initial mating of Afro-funk and LSD! The off handed spaciness that was so much a part of the early Hendrix records runs rampant through this disc, with numbers like "Alice in My Fantasies" and the lengthy "Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts" heavily dependent on ethereal guitar lines and tape effects to elicit a latterday Axis: Bold as Love air. Other numbers — particularly "Sexy Ways" and the title cut — demonstrate that Funkadelic's famed juggernaut approach to boogie-funk will still bowl over even the most recalcitrant audience. While not nearly as cosmic as it pretends to be, Standing on the Verge of Getting It On at least shows a backhanded sense of humor.

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