Total Response

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Total Response
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Studio album by Horace Silver Quintet/Sextet With Vocals
Released April 1972[1]
Recorded November 15, 1970 (#1, 2, 6, 9)
January 29, 1971 (#3-5, 7, 8)
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 40:47
Label Blue Note
BST 84368
Producer Francis Wolff, George Butler
Horace Silver chronology
That Healin' Feelin'
(1970)That Healin' Feelin'1970
Total Response
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Total Response (subtitled The United States of Mind Phase 2) is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver released on the Blue Note label in 1972 featuring performances by Silver with Cecil Bridgewater, Harold Vick, Richie Resnicoff, Bob Cranshaw and Mickey Roker, with vocals by Salome Bey and Andy Bey.[3] It is the second of a trilogy of albums later compiled on CD as The United States of Mind.

The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 2 stars and states "When jazz critics complain about the decline of Blue Note in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Total Response is the kind of album they have in mind. A sprawling, incoherent, and just plain weird mess of funk, fusion, soul-jazz, African spirituality, and hippie mysticism, Total Response aims at the transcendent and stumbles upon its own ludicrous ambitions".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Horace Silver
  1. "Acid, Pot or Pills" - 4:26
  2. "What Kind of Animal Am I" - 3:38
  3. "Won't You Open up Your Senses" - 3:56
  4. "I've Had a Little Talk" - 3:46
  5. "Soul Searching" - 4:15
  6. "Big Business" - 5:22
  7. "I'm Aware of the Animals Within Me" - 3:45
  8. "Old Mother Nature Calls" - 6:17
  9. "Total Response" - 5:22



  1. ^ Billboard Apr 29, 1972
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Horace Silver discography accessed November 24, 2009.
  4. ^ Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed November 24, 2009.