T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.

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T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership)
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Studio album by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
Released June 11, 1996
Genre R&B, funk, dance, hip hop
Length 74:54
Label Sony 550
Producer George Clinton
George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars chronology
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(1996)
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Entertainment Weekly A-[4]
Los Angeles Times favorable[5]
Orlando Sentinel 3/4 stars[6]
Q 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
Vibe favorable[8]
Yahoo! Music favorable[9]

T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. is a 1996 album by funk musician George Clinton. The title, which is an abbreviation for The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership, refers to the P-Funk Mothership that was first introduced in 1975 on Parliament's Mothership Connection album. The album was presented as a reunion album because it featured collaborations with former Parliament-Funkadelic members including Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Junie Morrison, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley — some of whom hadn't worked with Clinton in many years. The album also included contributions by current members of the P-Funk All-Stars.

Following the release of T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M., Clinton launched the "Mothership Reconnection Tour" with Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, and the P-Funk All-Stars. The Mothership Reconnection Tour, which began in New York's Central Park, included the landing of a full-scale Mothership on stage, from which Clinton emerged. The artwork for T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. was unique among P-Funk albums in that it included contributions by all three artists associated with the band: Pedro Bell, "Stozo the Clown" Edwards, and Overton Loyd. The Japanese version of "T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M." contains an extra track entitled "Secret Love", co-written by Clinton's son Tracey Lewis a.k.a. Trey Lewd. That track was later released in U.S. on the CD How Late Do U Have 2BB4UR Absent?.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)" (feat. Erick Sermon & MC Breed) George Clinton, Jr.; Belita Woods; Gary "Mudbone" Cooper 4:24
2. "Summer Swim" George Clinton, Jr.; Walter "Junni" Morrison 5:37
3. "Funky Kind (Gonna Knock It Down)" George Clinton, Jr.; Joseph "Amp" Fiddler; Dwayne "Sa'd Ali" Maultsby; Tracey "Treylewd" Lewis 5:36
4. "Mathematics" George Clinton, Jr.; Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight 7:12
5. "Hard as Steel" George Clinton, Jr. 5:09
6. "New Spaceship" (feat. Charlie Wilson) George Clinton, Jr. 4:00
7. "Underground Angel" George Clinton, Jr.; Steve "Go Ask Armen" Boyd; Derrick "Frog" Rossen; Mike Wilder 4:28
8. "Let's Get Funky" George Clinton, Jr.; Joseph "Amp" Fiddler 5:04
9. "Flatman and Bobbin" George Clinton, Jr.; Ronald Dunbar; Belita Woods; Derrick "Frog" Rossen 3:31
10. "Sloppy Seconds" (feat. Bootsy Collins & Bernie Worrell) George Clinton, Jr.; William "Bootsy" Collins; Bernie "All The Woo" Worrell; Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight; Belita Woods 6:59
11. "Rock the Party" George Clinton, Jr.; Olivia Ewing; Thomas "Bubbs" Fiddler; L. Mathew 3:33
12. "Get Your Funk On" George Clinton, Jr.; Belita Woods; David Spradley 5:16
13. "T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (Fly Away)" George Clinton, Jr.; Debra Barsha; Dwayne "Sa'd Ali" Maultsby 7:54
14. "If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You) [Colin Wolfe Mix]" George Clinton, Jr.; Belita Woods; Gary "Mudbone" Cooper 6:11

Notes[edit]

  • "Summer Swim" was released as a 12" single, Sony 550 - 46 78391.
  • "If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)" was released as an extended remix single, Sony 550 - BSK 7760.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. - George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  2. ^ a b "George Clinton / George Clinton / P-Funk All Stars - T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership) CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars". The Village Voice: July 23, 1996: Archived from the original on 2009-08-09.
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (June 14, 1996). "The Awesome Power of a Fully-Operational Mothership Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  5. ^ Seigal, Buddy (November 22, 1996). "The Proof Is in the Groove". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  6. ^ Columnist. "George Clinton, The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership (T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.) (Sony/550)". Orlando Sentinel: 8. July 5, 1996.
  7. ^ Fricke, David (December 6, 1996). "T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.". Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  8. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony. "George Clinton: T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (550 Music)". Vibe: 149. June 1996.
  9. ^ Meyer, Frank (June 11, 1996). "George Clinton: T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.

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