Monday, February 8, 2010
Today was a Day for Axiom Funk - "Funkcronomicon" (1995)
Is there a better funk album from the last 20 years? This Bill Laswell-produced collection of some 1989-1993 recording sessions gets the prize IMHO, and the fact that it is a double-album makes it #1 by a funk mile.
For Funkcronomicon, we have what constitutes a reunion of Parliament-Funkadelic, plus an array of all-star guests across the 16 tracks. These are the last known Eddie Hazel recordings before his death in 1992. Other participants include: Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Anton Fier, Buckethead, Herbie Hancock, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Nicky Skopelitis, Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey, Maceo Parker, Sly Stone, Umar Bin Hassan, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Brain, Fred Wesley, and more!
It turns out that my CD copy is worth a bit of money. Used copies of this now rare 2-CD set go for $60 used to $125 new online. Heck, the original cassettes go for $45! That's funked up! Glad I have my copy as it is worth its wait in funk, mofo: