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George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love

George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love
George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love
(CD) Shanachie Records SHACD5165, 2008-09-16

Tracklisting :
01. Ain't That Peculiar (feat. Sly Stone & El Debarge) | Go Download MP3
02. Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
03. Mathematics of Love (feat. Kim Burrell)
04. Let The Good Times Roll (feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers)
05. Pledging My Love
06. Gypsy Woman (feat. Carlos Santana)
07. It's All The Same
08. Heart Trouble
09. Our Day Will Come
10. Sway
11. You're A Thousand Miles Away

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Press Release :
George Clinton is getting by with a little help from his friends on his next album -- a list that includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, RZA, System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, El DeBarge and gospel singer Kim Burrell.

They all show up on an assortment of covers on "George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love," which Clinton will release Sept. 16 on Shanachie.

"It started out with me doing some doo wop songs," Clinton, who grew up singing on street corners in Plainfield, N.J., tells "As we got going, people started coming through to be on it." Among the first, he says, was Santana, who plays on a version of the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman," and then Stone and DeBarge, who sing on Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar."

"Then I got serious about other people joining in with me," Clinton says. "It still is a concept album, but it's taken a little bit of a different turn."

On "Gangsters" Clinton also covers Shirley & Lee's "Let the Good Times Roll" with the Chili Peppers -- whose "Freaky Styley" he produced in 1985 -- Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up," Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love," Shep & the Heartbreak's "A Thousand Miles Away," Bobby Rydell's "Kissin' Time" and Ruby & the Romantics' "Our Day Will Come."

The album includes one new song, "Mathematics of Love" (which features Burrell) and a new take on the Parliaments' "Heart Trouble." Much of the album was produced with longtime Eminem cohort Mark Bass.

Clinton and Bass have also teamed for a Parliament-Funkadelic Motown covers album to salute the label's 50th anniversary. The album incorporates samples from a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" and also includes versions of "Bernadette," "Heat Wave," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game." Clinton says he hopes to add some guests to that set as well.

Meanwhile, P-Funk plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party and performance on July 22 in Los Angeles. And Clinton says he plans to release an album of new P-Funk material in early 2009.

Shanachie Press Release :
George Clinton is one of the most famous and acclaimed musical artists on the planet, a legendary innovator of funk music who with Parliament, Funkadelic and the P-Funk All-Stars, has been touring relentlessly to large audiences worldwide for nearly forty years. A media darling, he is as likely to be featured in GQ as he is in Rolling Stone. George Clinton is a musical force whose works and creations simply move the masses.

This new release is a major event, an all-star album that George Clinton has been wanting and waiting to make for years. These P-Funk style versions of George's favorite classic 'love sexy' R&B tracks from over the years as well as the dynamic originals make it the ultimate George Clinton musical experience. Featured are such songs as Barry White's "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Let The Good Times Roll", the doo-wop classic "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight", "Gypsy Woman" and more!

The guest list reads like a 'who's who' of contemporary acclaimed musicians as George's rainbow coalition of musical friends stepped up to be involved. From the unmistakable vibes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers to the soulful vocals of El Debarge, no one has quite the eclectic "friend list" as the mastermind of Funkadelic!


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