George Clinton: Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, Calif. (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Godfather of Funk George Clinton and his P-Funk All-Stars revived their spectacular Mothership Connection extravaganza of the 1970s at L.A. Universal Amphitheatre Thursday night. Although Bootsy Collins’ no-show was a disappointment, Clinton, still amazingly spry at 55, led his huge ensemble through a three-hour, building-quaking run of classics such as “(Not Just) Knee Deep” and “Atomic Dog.”

The exhilarating highlight was the centerstage landing of a spaceship amid wailing funk.

GRADE: A

Highly Recommended: The Mothership Connection Live 1976 (Amazon)

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