Up for the Down Stroke

Up for the Down Stroke

by Parliament
     
 

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Kicking off with one of prime funk's purest distillations -- the outrageously great title track, with a perfect party chorus line and uncredited horns (presumably the Horny Horns were involved somehow) adding to the monster beat and bass -- Up for the Down Stroke finds

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Kicking off with one of prime funk's purest distillations -- the outrageously great title track, with a perfect party chorus line and uncredited horns (presumably the Horny Horns were involved somehow) adding to the monster beat and bass -- Up for the Down Stroke finds Parliament in rude good health. As was more or less the case through the '70s, Parliament took a slightly more listener-friendly turn here than they did as Funkadelic, but often it's a difference by degrees. Just listening to some of Bernie Worrell's insane keyboard parts or Bootsy Collins' bass work here is enough to wake the dead. As always, Worrell in particular can suddenly surprise with his delicacy -- the soft, understated flow of "I Just Got Back" may have lyrics that could be sung by Jon Anderson, at least at points, but the piano lines have subtle, dreamy grace, the antithesis of Rick Wakeman's masturbations. For that matter, Peter Chase's whistles are downright delightful, goofy, and sweet all at once. Slightly more oddball is "All Your Goodies Are Gone," which has a bit more upfront bite and some downright strange lyrics, delivered with a stoned, breathless tone and backed by unearthly choir arrangements. Eddie Hazel is still listed as present and contributing, though unfortunately not for long after, with Ron Bykowski, Gary Shider, and William Nelson also chipping in as needed. Hazel co-writes two of the songs; it's a pity "The Goose" runs out of steam toward the midpoint of its nine minutes, but it makes for pleasant background music if not Parliament at its unfettered best. In the meantime, Clinton and various familiar voices like Fuzzy Haskins and Grady Thomas keep the weird wigginess of the lyrics flowing. In a nod to the group's past, "(I Wanna) Testify," here simply called "Testify," gets a 1974-era work over.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0044007702628
catalogNumber:
077026
Rank:
1247

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Parliament   Primary Artist
Willie Nelson   Guitar
Bernie Worrell   Keyboards
Eddie Hazel   Guitar,Vocals
Bootsy Collins   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Gary Bronson   Drums
Ron Bykowski   Guitar
Peter Chase   Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
George Clinton   Vocals
Raymond Davis   Vocals
Ramon Tiki Fulwood   Drums
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins   Vocals
Cordell Mosson   Bass
Garry Shider   Guitar,Vocals
Calvin Simon   Vocals
Grady Thomas   Vocals
Man In The Box   Drums
Billy "Bass" Nelson   Guitar
William Nelson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Nelson   Composer
Bernie Worrell   Arranger,Composer
Eddie Hazel   Arranger,Composer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
Peter Chase   Composer,Whistle
George Clinton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins   Composer
Cordell Mosson   Composer
Ralph   Engineer
Garry Shider   Composer
George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars   Composer
Billy "Bass" Nelson   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Reissue Design
Daron Taylor   Composer
Jason Chervokas   Liner Notes
"Boogie" C. Mosson   Composer

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