It was Halloween night and Parliament Funkadelic was about to tear the roof off the Houston Summit, ready to bless the crowd with their cosmic brew of interplanetary funk. George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins and... more » the rest of the P-Funk collective were riding the success of their first Top 5 R&B hit, "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)," a track that had earned them the kind of radio play that would bring the masses out to see them live in a stadium-sized arena. The group was only five dates into the tour when they arrived in Houston, but they were definitely ready to take it to the stage for an out-of-this-world show like no other. Taped on October 31, 1976, these seldom-seen performances at the Houston Summit represent Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic in their '70s prime, in the era of their Mothership Connection and The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein LPs--a rare opportunity for everyone to get their proper dose of The P-Funk. Program Listing:
"Since this is the only professionally produced live visual concert document of "The P-Funk Mob" at it's absolute peak, I feel compelled to give it a full 5 stars even though the program is relatively brief (85 minutes) and the disc contains no additional features of any kind. The footage looks quite good for 1976, relatively clear and the sound quality (while monaural) is failry clear with only a mild complaint regarding the EQ of various instruments (notably, Gary Shider's virtually silent guitar on "Cosmic Slop")... However, this DVD is bigger than its flaws. It is about seeing a legendary and important musical happening at its prime moment of full realization. The DVD offers a wonderful chance to hear and see live the brilliant Glenn Goins in all of his captivating vocal brilliance (just pay attention to "Funkin' For Fun" and "Mothership Connection", where he calls in the Mothership) ... it is a crime how anonymous this master vocalist is today since his untimely death at 23 from cancer, he sounds amazing here. The band is tight and they play with marvelous precision. The boundless energy and enthusiasm of the ensemble is clear when watching this. The original Parliament singers (Calvin Thomas, Fuzzy Haskins, Ray Davis-- though I don't spot Grady anywhere), Gary Shider complete with signature diaper and pacifier, Mike Hampton in his gigantic green Sombrero, Bernie Worrell with a hat that I can't even describe, and the sexy duo of Debbie Wright and Jeanette Washington... Cordell "Boogie" Mosson (unseen) and Jerome "Big Foot" Brailey... they are all here along with Fred and Maceo and the best horn section around... for fans of Parliament/Funkadelic, this is essential stuff... and for casual observers, this is a time capsule to an important group at it's peak"
Great Re-issue of Houston Summit DVD
Michael Dennis | Philadelphia, PA USA | 11/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Shout Factory's Reissue of the previously oop Parliament-Funkadelic Live at the Houston Summit 1976 DVD. There are no extra bonuses. So far, while there are lots of bootleg Funkadelic shows to be found, this is the only official release. If you own it already, you may wish to skip. If not, what are you waiting for at this price?"
IF YOU HEAR ANY NOISE!!!
Lester L. Carter | PHILA , PA | 12/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is it. The real thing. The band starts and folk come from everywhere out of teepees, and when Dr Funkenstein and his 'ladies' arrive in the Funkmobile, and the energy is high, the Funkmobile gets stripped. The Mothership arrives and things get even funkier. This is for the true Funkaholic. If you saw the Mothership about this time (1976 - 1979) then it behooves you to pick this up. If you never saw it, and you want to see what real entertainment is, pick this up. If you heare any noise........"
Good concert, bad video directing
Kev D. | USA | 04/21/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This video seems to have been switched "live" as it was happening by a television crew on site. The director (or producer, maybe) should have been fired. During this entire concert video, which seems like a great show, there is a TOTAL of approximately 5 minutes of footage of anyone playing an actual instrument. All the shots are close ups of people singing. Time for an awesome instrumental break? Here, watch some people dancing. It is SO frustrating, the band is on fire, but they aren't show except for the handful of cut-aways, of which each of these basically just tease the viewer, as they last about 3 seconds apiece. Disappointing. SHOW THE BAND"
Rare Chance To See Vintage P-Funk
Bryan A. Pfleeger | Metairie, Louisiana United States | 12/23/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In 1976 the full on rock and roll spectacle was new. The full on funk and roll spectacle was almost unheard of at least until the Mothership landed. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic were only five dates into the P-Funk Earth Tour when the Mothership Connection rolled into the Houston Summit on Halloween night in 1976.
This DVD is a record of that show. Although the video quality is a little muddy one can imagine Funkadelic at its best. The music, the costumes, and the Mothership are all present. Clinton acts as a ringmaster for a group that sometines numbers in the dozens. Highlights include Glen Goins calling of the Mothership and Swing Down Sweet Chariot, George in an edited Dr. Funkenstein, Bring the Funk and a finale of the Funkin for Fun featuring Bootsy Collins and the Sly Stone Band.
If you are looking for a document of where the funk began check this one out."