All Music Guide Reviews The Parliaments Testifyin’

The Parliaments – Testifyin’

Early Golden World and Revilot Records’ tracks when George Clinton, Fuzzy Haskins, Grady Thomas, Calvin Simon, and Ray Davis tried the conventional route. Clinton’s bizarre lyrics grab you on “Heart Trouble” “Worryation’s Got a Hold On Me, I can’t think for myself.” Only George appears on “I Wanna Testify” backed by the Holidays. The others couldn’t afford the trek to Detroit from Plainfield, NJ that week. Clinton went every Friday to produce other acts and work on Parliament stuff. “All Your Goodies are Gone” clever lyrics’ hooks you as much as the slinky vocals, and “The Goose That Layed the Golden Egg” charm lies in its sloop beat and acid inspired lyrics. They redid both numbers, strobe-light style, on Up For The Down Stroke. “Look at What I Almost Missed” sounds unfinished but it still charted on the lower rungs of the R&B chart. A rare falsetto lead carries “I Can Feel the Ice Melting, ” a big favorite with some. Three of the 18 tracks repeat as instrumentals. The Fellows (a pseudonym) get the credit for “Let’s Make It Last.” An import, so it takes some effort to find this compilation. ~ Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide