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Coming fairly soon after their last, Parliament dropped "The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein" as their fifth album in 1976. It finds George Clinton producing and leading the pack (a band that includes Bootsy Collins, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Ray Davis, Fred Wesley, Gary Shider, Maceo Parker amongst many others) on an album that followed the Funk band's classic breakthrough record "Mothership Connection" as well as a solo project from Bootsy.
2."Gamin' On Ya!"
After having George Clinton (as Dr. Funkenstein) set up the mythology surrounding the band and the 'Funk' they posses explained to the listeners, we see that we aren't really given any opportunity to think as we are thrown right into the music and are given a fresh tune where the Brecker brothers and the former J.B.s get busy on the horns and set the record up nicely as we are made to feel more of the energy they wish to throw out to the there. It's a tune that grows over time and you need to grow with it to feel it properly.
On this one we see that here Dr. Funkenstein takes over the thing and just talks over the heavy Funk material underneath him. You really can't fault anything that goes down here, as they introduce the leader behind the Funk movement and the pilot to the Mothership (from which the Funk was brought to Earth and stored in the Pyramids until this modern era when it was through people were ready to feel its force. The tune goes hard and shows just how powerful their music is, to the point where it sounds like they are putting no real effort in and just let Dr. Funkenstein talk over it.
4."Children Of Productions"
On this one we are introduced to more characters in this land of P-Funk and get to see who the 'clones' in the title of the album actually are. This is a freaky tune and we see how things change as more attention its paid towards the brass section of things and livens it all up for these fresh characters, people designed to ensure that everyone is kept 'on the one' and so in-tune with the Funk that the band creates (in both this form, as Funkadelic, and the various other bands who branched off from it).
5."Gettin' To Know You"
This is another energetic piece from them and one that I felt was one that stood out as a result. Here we see that we brieflyt step away from the P-Funk mythology and towards more general music, but by no means does it mean that there are any major changes in the way the music is presented as they come out with another fresh one and a track that shows that they have the capabilities to do both standard tunes, and spacey ones too.
6."Do That Stuff"
The first single from the album and featuring one of the funkiest drum breaks in the thing, this one brightens the album up again. We see that they come out with a freaky one that focus their attention around the Funk by building contrast with the horns and the grungy bassline that shows you just how well they have able to come out with sounds that no one else could have ever thought-up of performed as well.
7."Everything Is On The One"
For this one they show you exactly how things are kept 'on the one' and quite simply they kill it again. We see that with this one they manage to come out with another tune that sounds rather simplistic in the way it is brought together, but quite clearly it is a complex composition and one that you really need to pay a lot of attention to as they rip a little something that shows you know just how well in-tune all the members of their massive band is unified by this 'one'.
8."I've Been Watching You"
A tune that I felt was made to roll off in the way it does because of the percussion that Jerome Brailey offers, this one sees them slowing things down a little bit so that the Funk is made to take on a lesser-role in the music and its more about presenting an origianl form of Soul to its listeners. It's a catchy tune on the release and I expect that although it does change the sound of the album somewhat, it will be liked by their fans.
9."Funking For Fun"
For this one we see that the band open out a track that I thought sounded as if we were in for even more material, when in fact we had come to the end. It is a banger of a tune and we see that after a little experimentation with the way they do things, they suddenly break out with a little something that sounds like many of the dance cuts they've laid-down over the years and so force you to feel it and be taken right in.
As the "Mothership Connection" album was so strong, it was clear that they wouldn't be able to beat it by coming to record another album in the same year (without giving it time to settle) however we see that they still maintain an extremely high standard with this album and come with an album that you can't really fault all that much as so much goes down within it (in spite of its short length).
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Gamin' On Ya
3 Dr Funkenstein
4 Children Of Production
5 Gettin' To Know You
6 Do That Stuff
7 Everybody Is On The One
8 I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)
9 Funkin' For Fun