The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Come 1976, and Parliament got up to its usual tricks in that particular incarnation -- right down to opening backwards-masked vocal weirdness plus sci-fi scenarios in the "Prelude," where "funk is its own reward." With Bernie Worrell and Fred Wesley splitting the horn arrangements and Clinton and Bootsy Collins taking care of the rest, the result is a concept album of sorts you can dance to. The clones get up and do their thing throughout, and if it's not The Wall, then that's all to its benefit. The immediate downside of Clones is that it's a fairly one-note record -- every groove can just about be exchanged for any other one, unlike the wider variety apparent on other ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Come 1976, and Parliament got up to its usual tricks in that particular incarnation -- right down to opening backwards-masked vocal weirdness plus sci-fi scenarios in the "Prelude," where "funk is its own reward." With Bernie Worrell and Fred Wesley splitting the horn arrangements and Clinton and Bootsy Collins taking care of the rest, the result is a concept album of sorts you can dance to. The clones get up and do their thing throughout, and if it's not The Wall, then that's all to its benefit. The immediate downside of Clones is that it's a fairly one-note record -- every groove can just about be exchanged for any other one, unlike the wider variety apparent on other releases. Given Clinton and company's sheer work rate, something likely had to give and this is one of the stress points. There are a couple of stronger songs -- "I've Been Watching You Move Your Sexy Body" is classic slow jam territory. Not exactly Barry White, but hearing Parliament tone it down just enough pays off, especially with Worrell's drowsy, sensuous horn charts. "Funkin' for Fun," meanwhile, brings the album to a strong, lively end, with just enough in the call-and-response vocals and horns to spark some extra energy into the proceedings. As is the case with most mid- to late-'70s Parliament, things may not be as deep as what was done as Funkadelic, but only those who always explicitly value lyrical worth have any cause to complain. Listening to the silly squeals and burbles on "Dr. Funkenstein" itself is pure fun with sound, while the good doctor's speech is scientific craziness. As one voice says out of nowhere, "Kiss me on my ego!" Special bonus -- the utterly goofball cover photo, one of P-Funk's best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1990
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 042284262026
  • Catalog Number: 842620
  • Sales rank: 8,119

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Parliament Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer, Keyboards
Michael Brecker Horn
Eddie Hazel Guitar, Vocals
Maceo Parker Horn
Bootsy Collins Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Jerome Brailey Percussion, Drums
Randy Brecker Horn
George Clinton Vocals
Glen Collins Guitar, Vocals
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Raymond Davis Vocals
Rick Gardner Horn
Glen Goins Guitar, Vocals
Michael Hampton Guitar, Vocals
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Vocals
Taka Khan Vocals
Cordell Mosson Bass
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals
Calvin Simon Vocals
Grady Thomas Vocals
Fred Wesley Horn
Debbie Edwards Vocals
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell Arranger, Composer, Horn Arrangements
Bootsy Collins Arranger, Composer, rhythm arrangement
Jerome Brailey Composer
Jim Callon Engineer
George Clinton Arranger, Composer, Producer, Artwork, rhythm arrangement
Glen Goins Composer
Garry Shider Composer
Jim Vitti Engineer
Fred Wesley Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Chris Whorf Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Divine Funk !!!

    THE CLONES OF DR. FUNKENSTEIN is essential P-Funk for any Parliament/Funkadelic listener. GEORGE CLINTON's chops are tight on this album. He has a beautiful voice."Gettin To Know You" and "Funkin For Fun" are a good display of his vocal range. The horn arrangements by Fred Wesley are just plain dynamite. This is one of the all-time great horn funk albums.

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