Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
It's one of the best titles in modern musical history, for song and for album, and as a call to arms mentally and physically the promise of funk was never so perfectly stated. If it were just a title then there'd be little more to say, but happily, Free Your Mind lives up to it throughout as another example of Funkadelic getting busy and taking everyone with it. The title track itself kicks things off with rumbling industrial noises and space alien sound effects, before a call-and-response chant between deep and chirpy voices brings the concept to full life. As the response voices say, "The kingdom of heaven is within!" The low and dirty groove rumbles along for ten minutes...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
It's one of the best titles in modern musical history, for song and for album, and as a call to arms mentally and physically the promise of funk was never so perfectly stated. If it were just a title then there'd be little more to say, but happily, Free Your Mind lives up to it throughout as another example of Funkadelic getting busy and taking everyone with it. The title track itself kicks things off with rumbling industrial noises and space alien sound effects, before a call-and-response chant between deep and chirpy voices brings the concept to full life. As the response voices say, "The kingdom of heaven is within!" The low and dirty groove rumbles along for ten minutes of dark fun, with Bernie Worrell turning in a great keyboard solo toward the end -- listening to it, one gets the feeling that if Can were this naturally funky, they'd end up sounding like this. From there the band makes its way through a total of six songs, ranging from the good to astoundingly great. "Funky Dollar Bill" is the other standout track from the proceedings, with a great, throw-it-down chorus and rhythm and a sharp, cutting lyric that's as good to think about as it is to sing out loud. The closing "Eulogy and Light," meanwhile, predates Prince with its backward masking and somewhat altered version of the Lord's Prayer and Psalm 23. At other points, even if the song is a little more straightforward, there's something worthwhile about it, like the random stereo panning and Eddie Hazel's insane guitar soloing on "I Wanna Know If It's Good for You," with more zoned and stoned keyboard work from Worrell to top things off. The amount of drugs going down for these sessions in particular must have been notable, but the end results make it worthy. [The 2005 reissue features excellent remastered sound, a thick booklet, and bonus tracks pulled from original Westbound singles, along with a far-out radio spot.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2005
  • Label: Westbound Uk
  • UPC: 029667008921
  • Catalog Number: 212
  • Sales rank: 35,822

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Funkadelic Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Milan Bogdan Engineer
Armen Boladian Executive Producer
Raymond Davis Composer
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Composer
Bernard Mendelson Executive Producer
Eugene "Bud" Harris Composer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Ed Wolfrum Engineer
David Krieger Art Direction
Joel Brodsky Cover Photo
Duncan Cowell Mastering
William Nelson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Simply one of the Best

    This is a great album and (along with their album Maggot Brain) deserves to be heard again. It just does not get any better than this (and one of the best album titles of all time).

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