Funkadelic - Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On (1974)

Tracks:
1. Red Hot Momma (4:55)
2. Alice In My Fantasies (2:27)
3. I'll Stay (7:16)
4. Sexy Ways (3:05)
5. Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On (5:07)
6. Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him (2:31)
7. Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts (12:17)
Bonus:
8. Vital Juices (3:13)
9. Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On [single edit] (5:07)

Musicians:
Bernie Worrell - keyboards, vocals
Calvin Simon - tenor vocals, congas
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins - vocals
C "Boggie" Mosson - bass, vocals
Eddie Hazel - lead/solo guitar, vocals
Gary Shider - rhythm/lead guitar, vocals
George Clinton - vocals
R "Tiki" Fulwood - percussion, vocals
Ron Bykowski - rhythm/lead guitar
"Shady" Grady Thomas - vocals
Ray Davis - bass vocals



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play Funkadelic — Vital Juices
play Funkadelic — Good Thoughts, Bad Though…
play Funkadelic — Jimmy's Got A Little Bit …
play Funkadelic — Standing On The Verge Of …
play Funkadelic — Sexy Ways
play Funkadelic — I'll Stay
play Funkadelic — Alice In My Fantasies
play Funkadelic — Red Hot Momma
play Funkadelic — Standing On The Verge Of …

*I in no way endorse the foul language and disrespect to God and women in this album. They sound blasted out of their minds!

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Thanks for the share Mama Edie!!!. Just look at that All Star line up. I love Ray Davis man, I remember when Zapp performed on Soul Train and Don asked him to go deep and we all know how deep Don's voice is LOL. Don aint want none LOL. Of course the rest of the guys; Bernie, Calvin Eddie, George and them, you couldnt lose.
You are more than welcome C! Good to see you! I was thinking about Ray Davis this evening and was inspired to post this. That line up is ALL that and more I tell you. Fabulous! Enjoy!

Raymond "Ray" Davis (March 29, 1940, in Sumter, South Carolina – July 5, 2005, New Brunswick, New Jersey) was the original bass singer and one of the founding members of The Parliaments, Parliament, and Funkadelic. His regular nickname while he was with those groups was "Sting Ray Davis." Aside from George Clinton, he was the only original member of the Parliaments not to leave the Parliament/Funkadelic conglomerate in 1977. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. He worked with Roger Troutman and Zapp in the early to mid '80's. His distinctive baritone can be heard on "I Can Make You Dance". He was also briefly in a later period line-up of The Temptations, joining after the death of original bass singer Melvin Franklin, and appearing on the 1995 album For Lovers Only. Davis left the group after being diagnosed with throat cancer. In later years, he performed with former Temptation Glenn Leonard in Leonard's group, The Temptations Experience. And in 1998, along with original Parliament-Funkadelic members Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Calvin Simon and Grady Thomas, formed the Original P.

Davis died on the evening of Tuesday, July 5, 2005, of respiratory problems.
P-Funk to the nth-no matter how you slice they are and were some FUNKKAYY MOFOS
They definitely get down.
Now this is funky funky fresh....LOL. I'm starting to really get into funk music
Thanks SoleBaby!
A paraliliapschosoulfunkadelicanized Thang!!
You speak my language Simon!
Can't turn my back one minute without stuff breaking down...LOL! Let me fix this Player! smh

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
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  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
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The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 


As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.

 

The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) yahoo.com and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
   
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
   
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)
 



Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
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