Dope Dogs (European Version) (1995)

(Parliament - Funkadelic - P-Funk All Stars)

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Track Listing:

Dog Star (Fly On) {G Clinton, DeWayne McKnight}  8:11
Fifi {G Clinton, D McKnight}  3:46
Some Next Shit {G Clinton, Michael Payne}  6:11
Follow The Leader {Rakim, G Clinton}  5:30
Just Say Ding (Databoy) {G Clinton, Tracey Lewis, D McKnight}  4:33
Help Scottie, Help (I'm tweaking and I can't beam up) 
	{T Lewis, Hazel Lewis}  5:04
Lost Dog {G Clinton, Bobby Gillespie}  5:39
A U.S. Customs Coast Guard Dope Dog (Hyper Mix) {G Clinton}  4:53
All Sons Of Bitches {G Clinton, Belita Woods}  5:34
Dopey Dope Dog {G Clinton, Daddy Freddy, Lige Curry}  4:53
Sick 'Em {G Clinton}  6:13
Gettin' Dogged {G Clinton, Robert Johnson Jr, M Payne}  4:02
I Ain't The Lady (He Ain't The Tramp) 
	{G Clinton, Loic Gambas Bordas, Eebony Young}  4:38
Tales That Wag The Dog Part 1 (Niggaa, pleeeeeze!) 
	{G Clinton, T Lewis, Derrick Rossen}  5:30
Tales That Wag The Dog Part 2 (is that your bark or your bite?) 
	{G Clinton, T Lewis, D Rossen}

Vocal List: Pat Lewis, Sandra Feva, Sheila Horne, Steve Boyd, 
 Robert "P-Nut" Johnson, Lige Curry, Belita Woods, Joe Harris,
 Michael "Clip" Payne, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Lloyd Williams, Garry Shider, 
 Amelia Jesse, Andre Foxxe Williams, Louie "Babblin'" Kabbabie, 
 Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Calvin Simon, Ray Davis, Grady Thomas, 
 Nicole Tindall, Jeanette McGruder, Shirley Hayden, Jessica Cleaves, 
 Janet Evans, Larry Heckstall, Duane, "Sa'D'Ali" Maultsby, Starr Cullars,
 Shawn Clinton, George Clinton, FROG, Patavian Lewis, Trafael Lewis,
 Tracey Lewis, "Cuz", Barbarella Bishop, Daddy Freddy, Bobby Gillespie,
 Denise Johnson
Guitars: Eddie Hazel, Michael Hampton, Garry Shider, 
 Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight, Andre Foxxe Williams, Cordell Mosson, 
 Michael "Clip" Payne, Bootsy Collins, Phelps "Catfish" Collins, 
 Jerome Ali, Jeff Bass, Loic Gambas, Robert Young, Andrew Innes, Dennis White
Bass: Lige Curry, Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight, Lonnie Motley, 
 Mike "Clip" Payne, Bootsy Collins, Henry Olsen
Drummers and Percussionists: Frankie "Kash" Waddy, Guy Curtis, 
 Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight, Gabe Gonzales, Michael "Clip" Payne, 
 Loic Gambas, Man In The Box, Steve __________
Keyboards and Piano: Joseph "Amp" Fiddler, Tracey Lewis, Martin Duffy
Organs and Synthesizers: Bernie Worrell, Michael "Clip" Payne, 
 George Clinton, Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight, Jeff Bass, Loic Gambas.
Horns: Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Richard Griffith, Rick Gardner, 
 Marcus Belgrave, Bennie Cowan, Greg Thomas, Greg Boyer
Programmers and P-mixers:  Michael "Clip" Payne, Mike Clark, Mike Wilder,
 Mark Bass, George Clinton
Conceived and produced: George Clinton
Executive Producers: Archie Ivy, Stephanie Clinton.

Rating: RC: ****


JB: There are only 14 tracks on the CD, but there are 15 listed in the booklet. Also note that no time is given for the final track.

RC: I suspect that both songs are part of the same track, judging from the lyrics change in the middle.

RC: The title track here is the "Hyper Dope" mix from the original remix album. The album differs from the Japanese version in that it contains "Lost Dog" and "Gettin' Dogged", neither of which appear on the other version. This version lacks "Pack Of Wild Dogs" and "Kibbles And Bits", neither of which is a great loss. See the Japanese version for reviews of the other songs. "Lost Dog" is a collaboration with Primal Scream, a band whose last disc featured George doing vocals on several cuts. It's a slow, slinky number that works extremely well on its own and with the rest of the album. An excellent track. "Gettin' Dogged" is more of a throwaway, but the weird guitar work and the line 'Knock an old time funk junkie to his knees' make it worthwhile. I also prefer the version of "US Customs Coast Guard Dope Dog" on here; I think it works better as a faster rap. The 'Whatcha gonna do, George? Whatever it takes! Whatcha gonna do, George? Whatever the party calls for!' refrain is one of Clinton's catchiest hooks in years.

With the two different songs, this album becomes more consistent and much funkier. The album is somewhat constrained by its obvious low budget; sequencers and samplers appear where live musicians should at times, but Clinton and crew do a great job making everything sound interesting. The engaging lyrical concepts also help make it a successful project.