Released on the same day as their last album on Westbound, "Hardcore Jollies" came as Funkadelic's major-label debut in 1976. It finds them working off the success of the last couple of Parliament albums (ones which enabled them to become a force in the music industry) as they bring an album filled to the brim with more Funk and Soul material as George Clinton leads Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas, Bootsy Collins, Eddie Hazel and others.
1. "Comin' Round The Mountain"
They kick the album off well as we see that we get a funky affair and one that really suits the impression that people had of the band at the time as they were finally able to make the most out the experiments that they had been doing with the many albums leading up to this year (perhaps their most important one). With Clinton and an uncredited Eddie Hazel rework some traditional well-known material in their P-Funk ways with much more of a Metal feel than what we would have got from a Parliament album.
They hit us with more of that fly stuff as they get down into this one and bring a cut that has them slowing down the pace so that we get away from the danceable stuff and more towards the kind of thing that needs you to feel as the grooves in the hypnotic bass and winding guitar riffs that they all put together into the thing. It's a fresh one and the type of tune that you just chill out to as you admire the originality of the band.
3. "If You Got Funk, You Got Style"
The B-Side to the first single from the album, "Comin' Round The Mountain", this one has them throwing out more of that funky-fresh material that I can't see anyone being able to tear themselves away from once it has got underway. We see that here they simply play around with what they are able to do with their music and how their music really can't be beat by any potential competition in the Funk game of the time.
4. "Hardcore Jollies"
On this, the eponymous track to the album, we get a track that has the band pulling together a little something that has them showing how they wish to show just how they think the contemporary Metal sounds fit into the mix of their music (as they themselves started off as a Psychedelic Rock band, after a stint in a Doo-Wop act). It is an instrumental piece and sounds compete as it is with a dance feel coming through.
5. "Soul Mate"
Here we get more of them showing how the Funk and Soul material merges into one as they come with a track that sounds as if it has soulful vocals, but the direction of the rest of the thing is a bit different as it is another one that forces you to get stepping along to it all and grooving in only the way that a band such as themselves would be capable of. The tune goes hard and shows that they seems to have been able to master this side of things.
6. "Cosmic Slop" (Live)
Here we get a sample of a live performance of their track "Cosmic Slop". I thought that it was a nice inclusion to the album, but I could have thought of a few more that would have been better-suited for the jop at showing earlier music from the band that made and impact and managed to have their names really out there where a wide audience can feel and appreciate it. The tune is a heavy one and fits right in here.
7. "You Scared The Lovin' Outta Me"
Starting it off with a hook that all will recognise, we see that here they come out with another soulful tune. It is a track that shows a bit more variety from the act and what else their music has to offer (other than the Hard Funk stuff to oppose Disco in every way that it is able to). I wouldn't say it was one of the best on the album, but I don't think that the album would quite be right without something like this on it.
8. "Adolescent Funk"
They are seen to end the album with this one. As in a lot of their albums, it's done with an experimental display where they just throw out a little something filled with attempts to see if certain things work with others, but are able to compose it in a way so that it sounds like it's worth adding onto the end of the record and would really be valued by the listeners of the album.
This is a big album from the band and it makes Westbound's attempt at pulling together Funkadelic's outtakes into a release and dropping it a month before this sound silly. Nothing compares to it and it sounds to be a great advancement from the last album from the act as 'Parliament'. There's so much to like about it, and I can't see many having issues with it.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Comin' Round The Mountain
3 If You Got Funk You Got Style
4 Hardcore Jollies
5 Soul Mate
6 Cosmic Slop
7 You Scared The Lovin' Outta Me
8 Adolescent Funk