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One Nation Under A Groove

Funkadelic

1978

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One Nation Under A Groove
Album Summary

One Nation Under a Groove is the tenth studio album by American funk rock band Funkadelic, released on September 22, 1978 on Warner Bros. Records. Recording sessions took place at United Sound Studio in Detroit, Michigan, with one song recorded live on April 15, 1978 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The album was the first album to include keyboardist and frequent songwriter Walter "Junie" Morrison. One Nation Under a Groove was Funkadelic's most commercially successful album, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Magazine Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, number 16 on the Billboard 200, and being certified platinum in the US. It reached number 58 in Canada. It was one of the band's most critically lauded albums, and ranks at or near the top of many "best album" lists in disparate genres. The album was later featured on Vibe magazine's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century list. The album is ranked number 177 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in both 2003 and 2012 editions, before moving to number 360 in the 2020 edition. The album is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.41

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12890

Genres

  • Funk
  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Soul

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

The absolute pinnacle of funk, with a healthy blend of rock and psychedelia. I would give my left leg to be invited to a 1970's George Clinton party, and I don't even like parties.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

Another one that is so insanely elevated above the general pack. Not enough great music is also genuinely funny.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Who says a jazz band can't play dance music? Who says a rock band can't play funk? Who says a funk band can't play rock? Real simple, real groovy, real funky. Fantastic Funkadelic music from front to back.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Just another funk album, with all the songs going on way too long. Some parts sound nice, but it's hardly an experience.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

Fried ice cream is a reality!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Such awesome sounds, one nation under a groove man. Incredible guitarmanship, rythems and bass lines make this musically tight. But it's the craziness the songs they go in place you don't expect all while a kind of dogmatic lyrics of absurdness play out. You cannot underestimate one bands devotion to one word and one concept Funk and this is it.

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Sat Feb 17 2024
5

I must admit before pledging my allegiance to the funk I was suffering from moral and mental diarrhea. Under the groove of this album I finally had the musical bowl movement I’d been waiting for. Now I no longer fear being eaten by a sandwich. Hallefunkinlujah!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

It didn't inspire me to dance in the office at 10am on a Monday morning. Top funk would have. The whole office would be up off their seats, with every demographic represented, in a rainbow-coalition of dancing.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

Wonderful and fun, with such interesting layers and texture. No surprise to learn how influential this group and its related group, Parliament, are in the world of funk music and music generally. All the musicians are incredible, and I always gravitate guitar because that's the instrument I play, and wow, Mike Hampton and Gary Shider are superb.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

Ce mélange de funk et de rock m'a parfaitement diverti à un moment où je faisais la vaisselle.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
2

I really wanted to like this one but it just kept on going. Nothing really noteworthy here.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Excellent album, plein de sonorités classiques et originales, paroles amusantes et réfléchies.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
2

I find this underwhelming. There's a lot going on but for me, it just doesn't click. The wacky song titles made them seem like a novelty band.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Totally influential and you can hear so many later artists inspiration in here but for me personally it gets too long, both per song and the total length. Maybe I have a short attention span but the extended jammy-ness doesn't do anything for me

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Best funk album is a deserved title. Would be a 4.5 just because I couldn't listen on spotify, and availability should matter.

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Tue Feb 27 2024
5

Wow. Albums like this are why I started this project. Easiest 5/5 I've given so far

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Mon May 06 2024
5

A very good friend of mine had me download this album for him a while back. Had a listen and it took me by storm. Instantly became a fan. Mixed this in with my steel pulse and third world playlist, it's like my own personal spliff love it.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
4

“Which one’s George Clinton??” Not quite as good as the other Funkadelic album I had earlier on. But still quite good. The concepts behind the songs are at the very least interesting and creative. I appreciate that they don’t just write songs about partying or being in love or whatever. The songs are about enemas or taking a dump or whatever the hell some of them were about. It makes it interesting and keeps you on your toes. And besides, who can deny the grooves, man? 4 stars. For some reason this wasn’t on either major music streaming service so I found it on YouTube. Weird. Standout tracks: One Nation Under a Groove, Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rock?, Cholly

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Mon Apr 29 2024
4

Funkadelic's album "One Nation Under a Groove" is a joyful celebration of funk in its purest form. From start to finish, the album exudes a free and loose tone that invites listeners to let go and groove along. What sets this album apart is its unapologetic embrace of fun, exemplified by tracks like the hilariously titled "Doo Doo Chasers." I now have the fear of being eaten by a sandwich. Musically, Funkadelic showcases their mastery of the funk genre, effortlessly blending infectious grooves, soulful melodies, and electrifying instrumentation. Lyrically, the band's messages of unity, liberation, and the power of music to uplift resonate deeply, creating an immersive experience for the listener. But perhaps what truly stands out about "One Nation Under a Groove" is its sonorous richness. Each track is a sonic journey, filled with layers of funky basslines, psychedelic guitar riffs, and dynamic vocal harmonies that transport listeners to a world of pure funk bliss. This album is a must-listen for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the irresistible groove of funk.

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Wed May 01 2024
4

This is a fun one, a Funkadelic album I’m less familiar with. Definitely not as good as Maggot Brain or Free Your Mind, but a fun way to start the day.

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Wed May 01 2024
4

Delightful. Dense, complex, balanced, beautiful. A shame this album seems hard to find.

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Mon May 06 2024
4

[Strangely not available on Spotify despite other Funkadelics being there. Managed to hunt out most individual tracks there through search.] Not my favourite album of theirs: 1971's Maggot Brain holds that title. This album feels a little less... fresh? raw? Still, it has some solid grooves & some great synchro guitar/bass on 'Cholly'. I also very much enjoyed the taunting string bends on the opening bars of "Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock?"

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Mon May 20 2024
4

Fried ice cream IS a reality! I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected, it's just so fun!

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Sat Nov 11 2023
3

Nr. 33/1001 One Nation Under A Groove 4/5 Grooveallegiance 3/5 Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock 3/5 Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis 2/5 Into You 3/5 Cholly 3/5 Average: 3,0 Couldn't really get into this. Felt like a lot of these songs could have been great, but weren't completed

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Mon Jun 24 2024
3

Fried ice cream is a reality! Fried ice cream is a reality! Fried ice cream is a reality! AHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOO

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

Lacking enough cohesiveness to work as a full LP, reads more as a scattered collection of (sometimes catchy) B-sides Aside: This is my ~180th album and the first not available on Spotify

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Tue May 24 2022
2

I don’t think I’m into funk enough to enjoy this

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Tue Nov 22 2022
2

I don't know -- I guess I just don't "get" funk music. This was totally fine but nothing that grabbed me.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

no había escuchado este disco, me doy asco. perdón. maravilla.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Me encanta el funky y no conocía a este grupo

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

I haven't listened to this before, and didn't expect to like it, but it's fantastic.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

No lo encontré en Spotify (?), espero que lo que escuché en yt haya sido el bueno. De cualquier forma me gustó un montón, tiene una vibra muy animada (a ratos como para estar pachecx), buen ritmo y mezclas interesantes.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

FRIED ICE-CREAM IS A REALITY Made back when they knew how to name music the right way. I mean cmon "promentalshitbackwashpsychosis"??? Nobody will ever be this cool again

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

Wooooow. I wish this one was on Spotify. Never listened to these before but absolutely crushing it

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Man this just cooks. How dies Prince become Prince without George Clintin leading the way. Also some of the best guitar work ever committed to vinyl. This live versiom of Maggot Brain left me breathless. A 5-star album

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

not currently available on spotify

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Great album. Great musicianship. Love it. Where has this been all my life?

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

Practically flawless funk album. Only previously heard Maggot Brain, so this felt much more traditional. All the tracks are flawless. Didn't even notice how long they were until I needed to use the bathroom but decided not until the song was over. Rock comes in the later tracks. I was a little nervous because Eddie Hazel wasn't in this album, but no, this guitarist is insane. Works really well creating the funk rhythm. Vocals are superb. It's a whole crowd having fun, full of humor and energy. All the vocals, rhythm, and instruments work in harmony together. Everyone works together to create what I consider to be the pinnacle of funk. Gets milder in the last two tracks but still great tracks. Favorite tracks: "One Nation Under a Groove", "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad"

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

Zoals ze zelf zingen kan een funkband ook rock-muziek spelen. Heel tof album

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Great, I just wish this was on Spotify so I could listen to it regularly. 9/10

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Absolutely brilliant. You can feel the influence dripping off every note in this album and it doesn't take much to trace that influence directly or indirectly to every other album by any other group since. The power of not giving a fuck what's expected.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

One of my all time favorite albums...each song a banger.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Do you pled allegiance to the funk, the whole funk and nothing but the funk? Album incredibil de funky si amuzant dar si foarte simbolic

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

This album is like balm for the soul. The funk rock is just what I needed on this Friday.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

A little hard to find at first but the songs were amazing.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Can hear the influence on early Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a ton of Prince . More funky than Psychedelic , but definitely unique . Funkadelic stand in a league of their own stylistically ; moreover , the musicianship is next to none . Some solid bass playing and jam out sessions by all.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Track 3 Side 1 Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

melhor do funkadelic junto com maggot brain

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Great album of course, Who says a funk band and the title song are two of the best Funkadelic songs ever. must have been great to go to a Funkadelic concert in the seventies..

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Bummer that this isn’t available on Apple Music because I really love this album! I listened to it on YouTube though and it is as funky as one would hope. I love the title track (and have for decades), but there were a lot of other great songs on here. I love getting my day funked up like this!

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

I will be happy to jump on the funkalicious Funkadelic bus just for the funk of it anytime!!! YES!

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Buenísimos !!! Ya los conocía pero escucharlos detenidamente me ha encantado.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Pretty great live/studio funk record that I had to go to YouTube to hear. It’s a shame, as this album has an entire collection of funky sounds, grooves and riffs to last the entire hour run-time. Great instrumentation, as to be expected from Funkadelic. Standout is the penultimate track, with its extended guitar solo, and mournful sound that perfectly encapsulates the negative feelings described throughout in the lyrics.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Really loved this album, and need to dive more into Funkadelic and their later collaborations.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Love funkadelic. For some reason, not on amazon music

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Always funky, always groovy.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

I don't even need to listen to this again to tell you that it's great. I mean, I will listen to it again. But that's mainly because it's great, not because it's on the list.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Some of the best guitar playing I’ve ever heard. Great vocals and harmonies. Blown away by this album. So full of energy. Standouts: One Nation Under A Groove, Grooveallegiance, Who Says a Funk…, Promental…, p.e. squad, maggot brain

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

So wide you can't get around it So low you can't get under it So high you can't get over it

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

This is a blast. I've always favored Parliament, but Funkadelic is no slouch. It's a gem. The only flaw is that it isn't on Spotify. Good thing I happen to own it. Classic album. I don't know how anyone wouldn't like it. Seriously.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

This isn't just one of the great funk albums ever but it is also one of the greatest GUITAR albums of all time. The playing is absolutely sublime as well as tasteful. What an album. I can't understand why it is so difficult to find on streaming services. 5 stars

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Awesome groovy/funky album! Love the vibe, the sound and the lyrics. I'll remember this one for sure!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Un disco importantissimo, che frulla insieme funk, soul, rock e disco music. Consiglio anche Maggior Brain, sempre loro.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

There's a track on this one called The Doo Doo Chasers so what else do you want to know

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

Because this album is one of a kind, weird and eccentric like nothing you've ever heard, because it has positive energy, because there are so many talented people contributing in so many different ways, because it makes me wanna get up and dance! and because I remember it fondly from my youth, I'm gonna give it a rare 5! So fun to dance and sing along to.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Couldn't find actual album but listened to some similar songs which were good

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Very fun upbeat album, every artist on it does a phenomenal job

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Title track, Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!, Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers), Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!) are all standouts. Lunchmeataphobia (Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet!) grabs you from the beginning as the heavy guitar riff that opens it stands out immediately. P.E. Squad/Doo Doo Chasers is a good closer - still funky but slower in tempo allowing for a cooldown. Great album start to finish - expectedly funky, unexpectedly funny. Funkadelic was the more experimental half of the P-Funk banner, and a lot of psych-rock influences are apparent. Why isn't this on any streaming service?

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

I love the spirit of Funkadelic. Some of the most unfiltered musical expression you'll ever hear.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

What an album, I thought it was gripping the whole time. Each of the jams is really tight despite the repetition and the adventurousness. I was charmed by "Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!" - they're saying so explicitly, we're playing dance, funk, and rock music all at the same time, what are you going to do about it?? And they're doing it so well there's no way to argue with them. A great album by a great band.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

It's rare to have a funk album that you can just put on in the background and enjoy. This was one that you could enjoy if you pay attention or if you just want something to listen to while you're doing other things.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

cant listen on Spotify which is really annoying because its one of my favourite albums of all time. I would sell my soul to funkadelic

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

Groovallegiance has the funkiest bass..... then along comes that lead break! The funk band CAN play rock. That is the most driving bit of rock I've heard in ages. Doo Doo chasers had many funny bits, but I'm hearing a falsetto backed by shredded guitar. Remember that a purple clad genius from Minnesota was recording when this came out. This album has so many layers. To think I knew nothing about GC when this came out. So many wasted years.

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Mon Dec 19 2022
5

Amazing album, free your mind

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Thu Jan 12 2023
5

Absolutely brilliant - maybe falls just short of Maggot Brain, but still a very high 5! Probably my favourite band I have discovered through this project - hope to hear much more from them.

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Wed Jan 25 2023
5

Man, this was a true eye opener. Loved it on even first ever listen. Going to hit the 5 stars

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

Awesome will listen to more Funkadelica. The guitar work is stellar.

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