Monday, August 18, 2008

A new George Clinton album...

... 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.


Anonymous said...

I didn't know his voice was shot. What a shame :(

But I still have "Paint the White House Black" to listen to!

Undercover Black Man said...

What a shame :(

Crack is wack.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they'll run his voice through a synthesizer like Cher's Believe. With all that talent on the roster, I'd hope that the producer(s) would do something to boost up his voice.

estiv said...

And on Shanachie Records?!? With all respect to GC and to Shanachie Records, that's an odd match.

Phelps said...

Rickrolled by George Clinton? EPIC.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Not that "Never Gonna Give You Up," dude. The Barry White song.

Desert Man said...

Sigh. I'm with you AGAIN UBM. I LOVE George. Seen him in concert more times than I can remember. Never tire of the classics, which I still have on vinyl. Have a treasured autograph, etc., etc., but the voice is GONE. He was a good singer at one time, better than he let on, but a new album focusing on his singing??? What are they thinking.

Anonymous said...

What are they thinking.

Pro tools, I'm hoping.

Anonymous said...

"Super-stupid took a one-on-one, thought it was...."

Pro Tools my ass, his pipes are gone, ...but I'd still buy that shite anyway cause he's the man.


Undercover Black Man said...

...but I'd still buy that shite anyway cause he's the man.

I'll probably download the Sly Stone track and call it a day.

But I know how you feel, fishesalot.

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard the lp but my friend has a bootleg copy and said the vocals were in his own words..."On the money!" Said the new cd is different and he liked it.

Anonymous said...

Posted: 17 Aug Sun, 2008 3:43 am Post subject: GC's new CD is out on the torrent sites


Yeah funk mans CD is out on torrent sites already. Already downloaded it, but still gonna buy the cd for my collection of coarse. You have to hear it for yourself. The vocals sound damn good. That is all I am gonna say.

funk on


Anonymous said...

Check out the samples on Clinton's My Space.

He actually pulls it off. He is in rare form. Pledge My Love is off the chain.