PARLIAMENT — Up for the Down Stroke

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3.66 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 1974

Filed under Funk
By PARLIAMENT

Tracklist

A1 Up For The Down Stroke 5:10
A2 Testify 3:49
A3 The Goose 9:13
A4 I Can Move You (If You Let Me) 2:47
B1 I Just Got Back 4:33
B2 All Your Goodies Are Gone 5:07
B3 Whatever Makes Baby Feel Good 6:01
B4 Presence Of A Brain 3:19

Total Time: 40:02

2003 Remaster contains the following bonus tracks:
"Up for the Down Stroke (Alternate Mix)" – 5:39
"Testify (Alternate Mix)" – 4:03
"Singing Another Song (Previously Unreleased)" - 3:04

Line-up/Musicians

- Bootsy Collins / Bass
- Cordell Mosson / Bass
- Gary Bronson / Drums
- Tiki Fulwood / Drums
- Billy Nelson / Guitar
- Ron Bykowski / Guitar
- Garry Shider / Guitar, Vocals
- Eddie Hazel / Guitar, Vocals
- Bernie Worrell / Keyboards
- Calvin Simon / Vocals
- Fuzzy Haskins / Vocals
- Grady Thomas / Vocals
- Ray Davis / Vocals
- George Clinton / Vocals

About this release

Casablanca Records ‎– NBLP 7002 (US)

Recorded at United Sound - Detroit, Crystal Sound Studios and Hollywood Sound - Los Angeles

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PARLIAMENT UP FOR THE DOWN STROKE reviews

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js
‘Up for the Down Stroke’ was Parliament’s second album, but also the first with a re-vamped line-up that would create the musical vision that would serve George Clinton and his crew for many years to come. What Stravinsky is to composers and Deep Purple is to hard rock is what Parliament is to funk. No one does it like Parliament; the layered polyphonic vocals, the swinging horn lines, the tight guitar rhythms, Bernie Worrell’s dramatic classical keyboard flourishes and the overall bizarre humor, its no wonder Clinton had to coin the term p-funk to separate his band from the others who might fake the funk. One appealing aspect to this album, that also shows it's age, are some nice 60s analog psychedelic tape effects; the kind of effects that used to show up on Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd albums, as well as low-budget horror movies.

This isn’t the best Parliament album available, on later albums Clinton will connect with a science fiction theme that will inspire his band to new heights, but ‘Up for the Down Stroke’ is a must for p-funk fans and anybody who is looking for funk at its very best and most creative.

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Warthur
The first Parliament album since Osmium is also George Clinton's reunion with Bootsy Collins, whose last contact with the P-Funk mothership was on Funkadelic's America Eats Its Young. Presenting a more purely funk vision, with the psych elements of Funkadelic scaled back, the album ranges from the horn-led and fairly mainstream title track to the dark and maudlin All Your Goodies Are Gone, with funky basslines and guitar licks underpinning every track. It isn't Parliament-Funkadelic's absolute best album, but it is a strong release which re-established Parliament as a viable force and counterpoint to Funkadelic; in due course George Clinton would be making up for lost time with a string of great funk albums from this configuration of his sprawling musical empire.

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