Tear The Roof Off (1974-1980)

Universal Music AB
Release date
5 Jul 1993
Running length
25 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) 7:40 36,720
2 Up For The Down Stroke 3:27 47,987
3 Bop Gun (Endangered Species) 8:32 35,808
4 Dr. Fukenstein's Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication Medley: Let's Take it to the… 5:06 80
5 Mothership Connection (Star Child) 3:14 69,644
6 Dr. Funkenstein 5:47 38,059
7 Testify (Original Album Version) 4:04 161
8 Mr. Wiggles 6:43 11,036
9 Aquaboogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) 9:25 2,671
10 All Your Goodies Are Gone 5:05 14,571
11 Do That Stuff 4:51 38,586
12 Party People 10:09 6,044
1 Prelude 1:40 14,312
2 Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) 4:08 102,362
3 Chocolate City 5:37 41,947
4 Funkentelechy 10:56 12,836
5 Theme From The Black Hole 4:36 17,709
6 The Big Bang Theory 7:11 8,345
7 Children Of Productions 3:58 11,585
8 Flash Light 10:44 90,610
9 Ride On 3:37 24,359
10 Fantasy Is Reality 6:41 6,540
11 Rumpofsteelskin 5:36 12,510
12 Agony Of Defeet 9:10 12,355
13 Funkin' For Fun 5:57 14,959

About this album

The Best of Parliament: Give Up the Funk may capture the band’s bare essentials, but given the band’s penchant for stretching out on extended jams (which included some of their best songs), it’s hard to get anything beyond the most basic overview of their work on just one disc. Unless you’re a very casual fan, a much better bet is the double-disc Tear the Roof Off 1974-1980, whose 25 tracks add plenty of much-needed detail behind the best-known and most-sampled hits. Slightly more party-oriented than Funkadelic, Parliament created the wildest atmosphere of all the projects in the George Clinton oeuvre, full of loopy humor and way-out sci-fi concepts. Parliament were also more of a singles act than the frequently album-oriented Funkadelic, and while Parliament produced their share of classic albums, their material doesn’t lose any of its potency when boiled down into compilation form. What’s more, Tear the Roof Off contains several full-length 12” mixes that were never previously available on CD. These are some of the most unstoppable, widely imitated grooves of all time, and they still carry the same impact today, making Tear the Roof Off an obvious necessity.

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  • tekkie69

    Hedonistic Swaggering Gutsy Lively Bright Fun Street-Smart Confident Rowdy Trippy Amiable/ Good-Natured Freewheeling Playful Whimsical Party/ Celebratory Irreverent Humorous Rambunctious Gleeful Boisterous Rousing

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