Yeah we've talked about the unusual case of "Blows Against The Empire" before
IIRC you were the one who told me to check it out. Had been into the JA albums for awhile but skipped that one and "Chrome Nun" because of how they were credited- have never had any interest in any of the Starship stuff. But "Blows" is clearly a logical extension of the rootsy "Volunteers" style with sci-fi lyrical themes. So the band really did themselves a disservice by not billing it to JA- am sure a lot of fans skipped it just like I initially did.
Good point re: Parliament/Funkadelic- yes, basically 1 band with 2 identities, which makes their consistency and prolificness even more mindblowing, even if I far prefer the latter to the former.