Funkadelic – Uncle Jam Wants You (1979) [1993, Reissue]

Funkadelic - Uncle Jam Wants You (1979) [1993, Reissue]

Funkadelic – Uncle Jam Wants You (1979) [1993, Reissue]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Deep Funk | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 41:45 Min | 336,28 Mb
Label: Priority Records, Inc. (USA) | Cat.# P2 53875 | Released: 1993-10-31 (1979-09-21)
Funkadelic - Uncle Jam Wants You (1979) [1993, Reissue]

“Uncle Jam Wants You” is the eleventh studio album by American funk band Funkadelic. It was originally released by Warner Bros. Records on September 21, 1979, and was later reissued on CD by Charly Groove Records and Priority Records. It was produced by George Clinton under the alias Dr. Funkenstein. It is the first Funkadelic album since America Eats Its Young in 1972 not to sport a cover illustrated by Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell, though Bell did contribute some interior artwork. Uncle Jam Wants You was the second Funkadelic album to be certified Gold. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Soul album chart. In some ways, Uncle Jam Wants You (a reference to the “Uncle Sam wants you!” US Army recruitment posters) is a more militant sequel to the group’s previous album, One Nation Under a Groove. Whereas that album described an ideal country ruled by Funk, “Uncle Jam” actually attempts to provoke the conversion into Funkadelia. Its purpose is also (as the cover claims) to “rescue dance music from the blahs.” The cover art depicts George Clinton in a Huey Newton-Black Panthers pose, reflecting the more martial lyrical themes of the album. The album features the band’s last big hit single, “(Not Just) Knee Deep”, an edited version of which went to number one on the Billboard Soul singles charts. This album had a very profound influence on the West Coast hip-hop scene, especially the legendary DJ organization known as Uncle Jamm’s Army. Samples of the 15-minute Funkadelic cut “(Not Just) Knee Deep” can be heard in De La Soul’s “Me Myself and I” (1989), the Teddy Riley-produced “Get Away,” as well as several of Dr. Dre’s productions.


Almost as if Clinton and company wanted to atone for parts of One Nation Under a Groove, Uncle Jam Wants You takes not merely a more daring musical approach but a more forthright political stance. The cover art alone is brilliant, front and back showing Clinton in Huey P. Newton’s famous Black Panther pose. The main goal is the cover subtitle’s stated claim to “rescue dance music ‘from the blahs,'” and “Uncle Jam” itself does a pretty funny job at doing that, starting out like a parody of patriotic recruitment ads before hitting its full, funky stride. It’s still very much a disco effort, but one overtly spiking the brew even more than before with P-Funk’s own particular recipe, mock drill instructors calling out dance commands and so forth. The absolute winner and most famous track, without question, is the 15-minute deep groove of “(Not Just) Knee Deep.” It’d be legend alone for being the musical basis for De La Soul’s astonishing breakthrough a decade later with “Me, Myself and I,” but on its own it predates the mutation of disco into electro thanks to the stiff beat and Worrell’s crazy keyboards. Elsewhere there are pleasant enough jams like “Field Maneuvers,” kicking around some good guitar work amidst the hop-and-skip beat, and the weepy ballad “Holly Wants to Go to California,” intentionally undercut by all the cheering and noise deep in the mix. It’s not to say that Funkadelic hasn’t left the entire world of coke spoons and pointing to the sky behind them, as “Freak of the Week” shows, which isn’t entirely far off from the early Sugar Hill party/zodiac aesthetic. Then again, lines like “disco-sadistic, that one beat up and down, it just won’t do” amidst the whistles and screams have their own impact.

~Review by Ned Raggett

Funkadelic - Uncle Jam Wants You (1979) [1993, Reissue]

Funkadelic - Uncle Jam Wants You (1979) [1993, Reissue]

Release of the album: 1979, September, 21 [LP Warner Bros. Records, Cat.# WB 56 712, USA]
Release of this CD: 1993, October, 31 [CD Priority Records, Inc. (USA), Cat.# P2 53875 / UPC: 049925387520]
℗ 1979, 1993 Tercer Mundo, Inc. © 1979 Pedro Bell.
℗© 1993 Priority Records, Inc.
Manufactured by Priority Records, Inc.
Printed in the USA


Artwork By [Album Design] – April & Pedro Bell, George Clinton
Backing Vocals – Greg Boyer, James Wesley, Gerome Rogers, Jessica Cleaves, Lige Curry, Linda Brown, Mallia Franklin, Philippe Wynne
Bass [Additional] – Billy Nelson, William Collins, Jeff Bunn
Bass [Anti-flam Units] – Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, Rodney "Skeet" Curtis
Drums [Additional] – William Collins, Dennis Chambers, Tiki Fulwood
Drums [Uncle Jam’s Drum & Wiggle Corps] – Larry Fratangelo, Tyrone "Speedfeet" Lampkin
Engineer [Additional] – Greg Ward, Mike Iacopelli
Engineer [Chairmen Of The Boards] – Jim Vitti, Steve Bishop
Guitar [Additional] – William Collins, Dewayne McKnight, Glenn Goins
Guitar [Axe Force] – Eddie "Maggot Brain" Hazel, Gary "DoWop" Shider, Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton
Keyboards [Additional] – Gary Hudgins, Gerome Rogers, Juni Morrison
Keyboards [Battlecruisers] – Bernie (U.S.S. Woo!) Worrell, J.S. Theracon
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Photography – Diem M. Jones
Producer [For Thang, Inc.] – Thrill Sergeant Dr. Funkenstein
Vocals [Assault & Funkation Team] – Dawn Silva, Gary "DoWop" Shider, Uncle Jam Clinton, Greg Thomas, Jeanette McGruder, Larry "Sir Nose" Heckstall, Michael "Clip" Payne*, Ray "Stingray" Davis, Ron "Prophet" Ford, Sheila Horn


01. Freak Of The Week (05:34)
(George Clinton, Pete Bishop, Dewayne McKnight)
02. (Not Just) Knee Deep (15:21)
(George Clinton / Philippe Wynne)
03. Uncle Jam (10:26)
(George Clinton, Gary Shider, Bennie Worrell, William Collins)
04. Field Maneuvers (02:26)
(D. Clinton, D. Clinton)
05. Holly Wants To Go To California (04:26)
(George Clinton, Bennie Worrell)
06. Foot Soldiers (Star Spangled Funky) (03:33)
(George Clinton., Jim Vitti)

Recorded at (Electorate Funk Colleges) United Sound Studios, Detroit.
Mastered at Allen Zentz Recording, Hollywood.

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Analyzed: Funkadelic / Uncle Jam Wants You

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -0.48 dB -13.60 dB 15:21 02-(Not Just) Knee Deep
DR10 -0.48 dB -12.07 dB 10:26 03-Uncle Jam
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