The third album from, Parliament, the funk group lead by George Clinton, was released in 1975. The album was a 'tribute to Washington D.C." where the group had great popularity.
The album is full of the uptempo funk that the band would be known for as well as the vocal harmonies of The Parliaments. "Let Me Be" draws on jazz as well as gospel influences. "Together" is a remake of "Together in Heaven" by Bootsy, Phelps, and Gary. Glen Goins makes his debut P. Funk performance on "Big Footin'".
The album features the classic P-Funk lineup including George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Eddie Hazel. The group were joined by Michael & Randy Brecker as well as vocalist Glen Goins and bassist John Prakash.
The album takes its name from the term "Chocolate City," which had been used to describe Washington, D.C. where blacks had been becoming a majority through migration.
Chocolate City reached number 18 on the Billboard soul LP charts in 1975 and reached No. 91 on the album charts. "Chocolate City", the title track and first single, reached No. 24 on the black chart and No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 while "Ride On" the second single reached No. 64 on the black chart.
• Vinyl LP
George Clinton, vocals, rhythm arrangements
William (Bootsie) Collins, bass, guitar, rhythm arrangements
Cordell Mosson, bass, guitar
Perkash John, bass
Gary Shider, guitar, vocals
Tiki Fulwood, drums
Tyrone Lampkin & The Man In The Box, drums
Bernie Worrell, keyboards, synthesizers, horn & string arrangements
Calvin Simon, vocals
Fuzzy Haskins, vocals
Grady Thomas, vocals
Raymond Davis, vocals
Eddie Hazel, vocals
1. Chocolate City
2. Ride On
4. Side Effects
5. What Comes Funky
1. Let Me Be
2. If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)
3. I Misjudged You
4. Big Footin'