Up for the Down Stroke

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Up for the Down Stroke
Studio album by Parliament
Released July 3rd, 1974
Recorded 1973–1974
Genre Funk, soul
Length 39:38
Label Casablanca
Producer George Clinton
Parliament chronology
Osmium
(1970)
Up for the Down Stroke
(1974)
Chocolate City
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Blender 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A- link
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10 link
Rolling Stone favorable 1974
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars 2004
Spin 8/10 link

Up for the Down Stroke is an album by the American funk band Parliament. It was the band's second album (following 1970's Osmium), and their first to be released on Casablanca Records. The album was released on July 3, 1974. Its title track was Parliament's first chart hit and remains one of the most well-known P-Funk songs. The album also contains a funk reworking of The Parliaments' song "(I Wanna) Testify" under the title "Testify". The original title of the album was Whatever Makes Baby Feel Good, and the cover features group leader George Clinton hovering over a woman in distress, sporting a black wig and monster-type gloves.

Up for the Down Stroke is notable in that it regenerates George Clinton's professional relationship with bassist Bootsy Collins, who had taken a two year hiatus from the group. Collins would play a pivotal role in all of the Parliament albums released through Casablanca Records.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Up for the Down Stroke" (George Clinton, William "Bootsy" Collins, Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Bernie Worrell) – 5:10 (released as a single-Casablanca 0013)
  2. "Testify" (George Clinton, Deron Taylor) – 3:49 (released as a single-Casablanca 811)
  3. "The Goose" (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel) – 9:13 (released as a single-Casablanca 0003)
  4. "I Can Move You (If You Let Me)" (George Clinton, Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, Bernie Worrell, William "Bootsy" Collins) – 2:47

Side Two[edit]

  1. "I Just Got Back (From the Fantasy, Ahead of Our Time in the Four Lands of Ellet)" (Peter Chase) – 4:33
  2. "All Your Goodies Are Gone"(George Clinton, Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Billy "Bass" Nelson) – 5:07
  3. "Whatever Makes Baby Feel Good" (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel) – 6:01
  4. "Presence of a Brain" (George Clinton, Garry Shider) – 3:19

2003 Remaster contains the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Up for the Down Stroke (Alternate Mix)" – 5:39
  2. "Testify (Alternate Mix)" – 4:03
  3. "Singing Another Song (Previously Unreleased)" – 3:04

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