Ruth Copeland – Self-Portrait

Funkadelic - Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow
Funkadelic – Free Your Mind…And Your Ass Will Follow
July 20, 1970
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Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
July 12, 1971

Ruth Copeland – Self-Portrait

Ruth Copeland Self Portrait

01. Prologue: Child of the North
02. Thanks For The Birthday Card
03. Your Love Been So Good To Me
04. The Music Box
05. The Silent Boatman
06. To William in the Night
07. No Commitment
08. I Got A Thing For You Daddy
09. A Gift of Me
10. Un Bel Di (One Fine Day)

At the same time as Ruth Copeland’s involvement with the Invictus Records, George Clinton’s Parliament was also signed to the label. She became involved with work on the group’s debut album, Osmium, co-producing the record with Clinton and writing two of the album’s tracks: ‘Little Old Country Boy’ and ‘The Silent Boatman’. These tracks are unusual in Parliament-Funkadelic’s catalogue, and show the influence of Copeland’s interest in country and British folk music.

Following the release of Osmium in 1970, Copeland continued to collaborate with Clinton, co-writing a further two singles for Parliament, ‘Come In Out of the Rain’ and ‘Breakdown’, which were released between 1971-1972.

The year 1972 also saw Copeland contribute to the self-titled album released by The Politicians featuring McKinley Jackson. She co-wrote the album’s opening track, ‘Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic’, a track subsequently sampled by Brighton-based band The Go! Team, on their 2007 album Proof of Youth.

Alongside her work on Parliament’s debut, Copeland also began working on solo material, and her first album Self Portrait was released by Invictus in October 1970. The album featured contributions not only from George Clinton, but from a range of other Parliament-Funkadelic musicians, including Bernie Worrell, Eddie Hazel, Tawl Ross, Billy Bass Nelson and Tiki Fulwood.

A second album, I Am What I Am, was released in July 1971, again featuring a range of P-Funk musicians, including several (such as Hazel and Nelson) who had recently left Funkadelic due to financial concerns. These former Funkadelic musicians remained with Copeland as her backing band when she toured to promote her album.
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