September 21, 1979
Funkadelic – Uncle Jam Wants You
01. Freak Of The Week
02. (Not Just) Knee Deep
03. Uncle Jam
04. Field Maneuvers
05. Holly Wants To Go To California
06. Foot Soldiers (Star-Spangled Funky)
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.
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 Black 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 cut, “(Not Just) Knee Deep” can be heard in De La Soul’s “Me Myself And I”, 1989.
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