TIR 39: P-Funk Engineer’s Red Hot Ride Aboard the Mothership

The seminal Mothership Connection album was one of many P-Funk classics engineer Jim Callon worked on in the 1970s.


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in this 2-part series: Musician, producer and engineer Jim Callon, who is also a founder of JDC Records, formerly a record distributor and presently a Southern California-based record store. For the purposes of this program, Callon’s big claim to fame is having served as P-Funk’s chief West Coast recording engineer for many of their best-known albums of the 1970s. That list includes the timeless funk classics Funkadelic albums Standing on the Verge of Getting It On, Let’s Take It to the Stage and Hardcore Jollies, Parliament’s Chocolate City, (my all-time fave) Mothership Connection, the Clones of Dr. Funkenstein and Live: P. Funk Earth Tour, Boosty’s Rubber Band’s Stretchin’ Out and Ahh … the Name Is Bootsy, Baby!, Eddie Hazel’s Games, Dames and Guitar Thangs, and Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns’ A Blow for Me, a Toot for You.

Jim Callon with daughter Amie at his JDC Records warehouse.

Callon worked particularly closely with not only George Clinton but also Bernie Worrell, Eddie Hazel and others. In this in-depth discussion, Callon covers how he got into music, his path to hooking up with the U.S. Funk Mob, what it was like being at the center of the peak of the P-Funk experience, other projects of his and what he is up these days. There are amazing stories here, for starters his first recording session ever yielded Funkadelic jewels “Standing on the Verge of Getting It On” and “Red Hot Mama.” Talk about hitting the ground running!

Recorded January 2018