is the debut album of American funk
, led by George Clinton
. The album has a psychedelic soul
sound with a spirit of experimentation that is more similar to early Funkadelic
than the later R&B
-inspired Parliament albums. It was originally released in July 1970 on Invictus Records
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reissue liner notes". Westbound Records
: 3. 2005. The original vinyl release contained a glossy lyric sheet.
Since its re-release in 1990, Osmium
has been distributed numerous times by various labels in the U.S.
, sometimes under alternate titles that have included Rhenium
and First Thangs
. A number of these reissues have featured material that was not included on the original album, such as unreleased tracks and singles that were recorded around the same time as Osmium
The personnel for this album included the five Parliaments singers and the five backing musicians known as Funkadelic. The same personnel also recorded as Funkadelic, releasing that act's self-titled debut album
also in 1970. After the release of Osmium
, contractual difficulties prevented further recording under the name Parliament until 1974, when Clinton signed that act to Casablanca Records
and positioned it as an R&B-inspired counterpoint to the more rock-oriented Funkadelic.
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