July 18, 2011

The Parliaments - before LSD . . .

After posting Garnet Mimms as tribute to Jerry Ragovoy and posting Beverley Knight on Backstage Weekend last week, it occurred to me that I've been woefully light in my ration of Soul music on the Roundtable of late. Not exactly a fly-by-night genre with one or two hits, Soul is a massive avalanche of truly elegant and well crafted music that has spanned several decades and is still going very strong.

Tonight I thought I would tip my hat to The Parliaments and post their hit from 1967 (I Wanna) Testify on the Roundtable. The inimitable George Clinton as founder of the more commercially accessible venture (Funkadelic being the other-worldly one) in his just-about-to-get-freaky period with a Soul Classic.

Just that kind of a night. But the question is - can you dig it?

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