... is due out next month from Shanachie Records. It’s called “George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love.” It is a covers album.
The song list includes “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” “Gypsy Woman” and “Let the Good Times Roll.” Guest artists include Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, El DeBarge and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
For half my life, news of this sort would’ve thrilled me like Christmas Eve. But let’s be real: George Clinton’s voice is shot to hell. So an album focused on his singing is not something to look forward to.
Doubt me? Have you heard George’s croaking rendition of “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” the old Major Harris classic? It appeared on the 2006 double-CD “A Soulful Tale of Two Cities,” credited to Masters of Funk, Soul and Blues (MFSB).
Click here to stream it on my Vox blog.
G. Clinton is an American original, a genius of a producer, a showman/shaman deserving of lifelong respect. (And he useta could sing.) But this new album... I don’t think so.