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Baker's Dozen

Playing The (Baker's) Dozens: George Clinton's Favourite Albums
Suzie McCracken , July 9th, 2015 13:12

With the funk kingpin and founder of Parliament and Funkadelic taking his bands on a festival tour this summer, Suzie McCracken caught up with him to find out about the 13 records that have stuck with him through his lifetime


Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge
We played on a show with them one time and I really liked it. Anybody who can sing that slow... rock & roll is energy, so it's easy to play loud and fast. But to play loud and slow? That's hard. You get bored and you lose your trail of thought. Otis Redding was one of the only guys I knew who could do that and yet Vanilla Fudge did it on a whole album. And that blew me away. That record, [producer] Shadow Morton did it... he also did Janis Ian, 'At Seventeen'. They didn't do another record like that. They didn't even try.

That changed our loudness, the Marshall amps. Before that we had one little guitar player. But when we heard what it sounded like, what things could sound like? Well, we went back to New York to our managers and told them we were buying every amp. We had so many amps. And that was down to Vanilla Fudge.