Computer Games (album)

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Computer Games
Studio album by George Clinton
Released November 5, 1982
Recorded 1981-1982
Genre Funk, dance, R&B
Length 40:09
Label Capitol
Producer George Clinton
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
NME (favorable)[4]
Philadelphia Inquirer (favorable)[5]
RapReviews (8/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[8]
Spin (8/10)[8]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[9]

Computer Games is a 1982 album by funk musician George Clinton, released on Capitol Records. Though technically Clinton's first "solo" album, the record featured most of the same personnel who had appeared on recent albums by Parliament and Funkadelic, both formally disbanded by Clinton in 1981. Conceived in the aftermath of a period marked by financial and personal struggles for Clinton, "Computer Games" restored his popularity for a short time before P-Funk fell victim to renewed legal problems and scant label support in the mid 1980s.

According to Glenn Kenny of Trouser Press, after the end of his Parliament-Funkadelic collective, Clinton's album was titled as a "nod to the burgeoning wave of techno-funk that was beginning to overtake almost every other form of dance music; rather than reject the new technology, he adapted it here in his own unique way".[10]

The single "Loopzilla" hit the Top 20 R&B charts, followed by "Atomic Dog" which reached #1 R&B but peaked at #101 on the pop chart.

The album was listed by Slant Magazine at #97 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s." [11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Get Dressed" (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins) – 3:41 (released as a single-Capitol 5222)
  2. "Man's Best Friend/Loopzilla" (Clinton, Gambrell, Garry Shider, David Spradley) – 12:51 (released as a 12" single-Capitol 8556)
  3. "Pot Sharing Tots" (Clinton, Walter Morrison) – 3:45
  4. "Computer Games" (Clinton, Morrison) – 6:46
  5. "Atomic Dog" (Clinton, Shider, Spradley) – 4:47 (released as a single-Capitol 5201 and 12" single-Capitol 8556)
  6. "Free Alterations" (Darryl Clinton, Clinton) – 4:20
  7. "One Fun at a Time" (Clinton, Morrison) – 4:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Musicians and Vocalists:

Junie Morrison, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Chong-Rahni Harris, Capt. Draw, Terry Jones, Dennis Chambers, Maceo Parker, Malia Franklin, Daryl Clinton, Larry Fratengello, Muruga Booker, Eddie Hazel, Tony Strat Thomas, Garry Shider, Larry Heckstal, George Bunny, P-Nut Johnson, Clip Pain, Mudbone Cooper, Sir Nose D'voidafunk, Jessica Cleaves, Sub Woofer, Ray Davis, Dawn Silva, Sheila Horn, Jeanette McGruder, Lynn Mabry, Shirley Hayden, Janice Evans, Carol Myles, Vanessa Pe, Gal Owens, Cynthia Girty, Jimmy Keaton, Julius Keaton, Eddie Hodge, Ron Ford, Ameta Walker, Gwendolyn Dozier, Carmen McGee, Brenda Forman, Joyce Pearson, Trina Frazier, Jessie Driscoll, Veronica Faust

  • Dave Baker – Engineer
  • George Clinton – Arranger, producer
  • Wilkie Collins – Producer
  • Ted Currier – Producer
  • Mike Iacapelli – Engineer
  • John Jaszcz – Engineer
  • Jim Morrison – Arranger
  • Walter "Junie" Morrison – Producer
  • Tony Ray – Engineer
  • Greg Reilly – Engineer, Mixing
  • Gary Shider – Producer
  • Jeff Turkin – Engineer
  • Jim Vitti – Engineer, Mixing
  • Greg Ward – Engineer
  • Fred Wesley – Arranger
George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" from Computer Games

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Computer Games - George Clinton". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  2. ^ Columnist. "George Clinton: Computer Games". Billboard: 1. November 13, 1982.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: George Clinton". The Village Voice: December 28, 1982. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05.
  4. ^ Bradley, Lloyd. "George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol)". NME: December 11, 1982.
  5. ^ Columnist. "He's Given Funk a New Meaning". The Philadelphia Inquirer: D1. March 26, 1983.
  6. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (April 8, 2008). "George Clinton :: Computer Games :: Capitol Records". RapReviews. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  7. ^ Milward, John (April 28, 1983). "Computer Games". Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  8. ^ a b "Acclaimed Music - Computer Games". AcclaimedMusic.net. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  9. ^ Meyer, Frank (1982). "George Clinton: Computer Games". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  10. ^ Kenny, Glenn. "TrouserPress.com :: George Clinton". Trouser Press. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  11. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-albums-of-the-1980s/308

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