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T.a.P.O.a.F.O.M. Import

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  • Audio CD (June 11 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • ASIN: B000002B5F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)
2. Summer Swim
3. Funky Kind (gonna Knock IT Down)
4. Mathematics
5. Hard As Steel
6. New Spaceship
7. Underground Angel
8. Let's Get Funky
9. Flatman & Bobbin
10. Sloppy Seconds
11. Rock The Party
12. Get Your Funk On
13. T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (Fly Away)
14. If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You) Collin Wolfe Mix

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1996 album from the Funk legend. T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M., or The Awesome Power Of A Fully Operational Mothership to give the album its full title, was released at a time when the Acid House-inspired dance music craze had swept across the UK and attention was turning to the guitar driven Britpop bands. And yet with its ferociously awesome funk grooves, it evoked memories of a time at least 20 years previous, when Clinton's musical gangs Funkadelic and Parliament held sway over popular music. T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. has largely been viewed as a reunion album of the Funkadelic/Parliament era, featuring as it does, input from former members including Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, Junie Morrison and Fred Wesley. It is perhaps no coincidence that within a year of the release of T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. that Parliament and Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Super Bird. 2010.

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Format: Audio CD
This is a lower type of album for Clinton. Having listened to his earlier stuff and seeing him live recently, I decided to pick this album up when it was on sale. It's definitely nothing compared to previous releases, but it's something.
Funk is something that is not changing, but morphing, slowly. You have Dr. Funk himself here and obviously he's the sole proprietor for change. In this particular record, which was released 1996, you have the change of tides. R and B was and still is big, so he infused his own jam and sound into it. There are even hints of classic gangster rap. It's a total different blend here...and it's taking a bit longer to get used to.
To think this is new, I'm out of my league, but it's different, especially after listening to Clinton for awhile. This is not your average Clinton album, but it's a nice one to add to the mix. It really shows how diverse an artist he is, which is always decent. All in all, not his strongest attempt, but nonetheless, an alright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Fix for the Funky Junkies Aug. 12 2004
By R. Thompson - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD captures the essence of what P-Funk was in its hey day!

The Title says it All. "The Awsome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership) The Band is hittin on all cylinders. What you get is the experience of the actual talent of this band and their Range. its a compressed ThrowBack re-enacting the various encarnations they used as Funkadelic, Parliament, & P-Funk All Stars. Any true Fan knows that depending on the group banner that they used to released an LP on that the sound would be altered sort of like an alter ego. Well you get em all here. The only flaw is that they neglected to really get that Parliament/Bootsy Horn Section fired up. GET THIS CD AND ENJOY!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming to resue me and take me underground Jan. 18 2006
By Steven Majors - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'll have to give this a 5 star because it is an overall excellent album and did not get the props it deserves. I recommend it to all P-funk fans. The single "Anybody Get Funked Up" is a good dance number. Hip shaking music to be exact. I love Belita Woods voice. "Summer Swim" should be called "Aqua Boogie" part 2 since they are singing about Booty @ the beach. My favorite is "Underground Angel" it has that "FUNKADELIC" over/undertone. You won't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to any Sir-Nose'd sceptism, listen to T.O.P.O.A.F.O.M! Aug. 4 2016
By ARTillery - Published on
This is the bomb y'all! Everything on hear. To put it into better perspective, this album had better production than damn-near everything having to do with hip-hop and r&b at that time, especially when you consider the fact that this album was free of samples as opposed to the heavy dependence on sampling from those other two genres during 96. This album is so refreshing and good for its time that I WILL put it along side the 70's and first three years of the 80's "classic must have P-FUNK period". "Funky Kind" "Mathematics" "Hard As Steel" "Flatman & Bobbin" "Underground Angel" "Sloppy Seconds" "New Spaceship" the title cut and Colin Wolfe remix to "If Anybody Gets Funked" are slamming! Seriously! Another point and reference to the album's title worth mentioning is the album art, which supports the concept and theme to a "P"! All my boys (Pedro, Over-10, Stozo) are here together for the first time, and boy did they deliver as always. Get the vinyl for better visual effects! No one else presents packages like George Clinton. From musicianship, concepts, album art, originality, witt, lip, and material (30+ must have album's since 1970). To say it plainly, the man delivers! The best music producer the world has ever seen. This album unfortunately was overshadowed by everything going on in 96 with the east-coast/west-coast drama, Tupac/Biggie, Puffy/Suge, etc... We are in desperate need for another paradigm shift musically and socially. "MOST OF ALL WE NEED THE FUNK"!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anybody Gets Funked Up? May 2 2007
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
Format: Audio CD
'The Awesome Power Of A Fully Operational Mothership' was one of only four George Clinton projects during the 1990's.This was during that period where Clinton was deeply emmersed in the alternative rock set of the day,appearing at places like the Lollapalooza Festival,in articles in MOJO magaize and being sampled (and paid heavy tribute to) by just about every rapper and hip hop artist under the sun.So T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M has a 32 member band of P-Funk all stars along for the ride;Clinton even goes as far as including a numbered list of each band member that has a small water color painting of each of them in the liner notes (the corrosponding name to number appears in the insert).That being said T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M seems like more of a presentation piece then Hey Man, Smell My Finger and in many ways it is.Musically "If Anybody Wants To Get Funked Up" sets the tone;this music is NOT built on samplers and sequencers but George Clinton certainly does his best to get the P-Funk all stars to sound as if it is.Most of the music is set up to make Clinton sound like he's "down" with the G-Funk style of Dr.Dre or what Ice Cube was doing at the time.So T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M is certainly very hip-hop orineted.Still this includes some clever songs such as "Mathematics",which uses clever wordplay to describe a love affair as a financial equasion,full of Clintons singular wit.And Charlie Wilson throws some strong and heavy funk flavors on the lively "New Spaceship".On "Rock The Party"","Get Your Funk On" and the title cut George and his band give it there all on songs that explore a vivic psychedelic landscape with hot horns and guitars before moving onto a reprise of the first song.Nontheless T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M suffers from the same problem Clinton's albums had since 1984-too many of the songs rely on jamming and random singing and chanting,as if that is what funk is in the first place.So much of it just goes on forever and after awhile all starts to sound somewhat alike.T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M is definately the product of the mid 1990's funk revival when the classic albums were being reissued and so many artists like George Clinton felt the need to contribute new material like this to the brew.If you are a P-Funk completist you'll need this;it is by no means terrible.If you are a little more finnicky about your funk and don't like it when it relys too much on the sound of contemporary hip-hop then T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M may not be the best place to go.Depends on which variety of THE BOMB you prefer-it's all up to you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mothership in the 90's Oct. 1 2002
By yofriend - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's not called Funkadelic, for reasons unknown to us common mortals, but make no mistake: more than 75 minutes of lean and well hung P-Funk, really not one bad song amongst them, what more would a starving P-Funk acolyte want?! Some of the songs try to give The P-Funk a "modern" face, meaning, they are assembled around beats we have heard before from many HipHop or NuSoul artists (Hard As Steel), but then woven into the songs are the typical Clinton vocal arrangements (lovely: the girl choruses), Bernie Worrell's gorgeous keyboard wizardry and of course, the Space Bass by Yours Truly. The music sounds like they come fresh from a Parliament (If Anybody Gets Funked Up, Summer Swim), a Funkadelic (T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M., Funky Kind) or a Bootsy session (New Spaceship, Sloppy Seconds). Sometimes, a Bluesy feeling comes through, like in the old days (T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.). The band is tight as ever, and they're all there: Bootsy, Juni, Gary Shider, Michael Hampton, you name them! Personal favorites are Sloppy Seconds, Get Your Funk On, Funky Kind ... There wasn't really any production in Contemporary Black American Pop in '96 that came close to this one, and isn't that a pity! What the CD lacks is the loose and experimental touch which the great P-Funk records had. and it also lacks the timeless quality they had: after a while, you become aware you haven't played the CD for quite a while. Still, compliments to George and his mob. Play loud! Dance! Or simply - enjoy the fact that the mothership is still afloat!
T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. - "The Awesome Power Of A Fully Operational Mothership" - for that, however, pick "Mothership Connection".

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