Up for the Down Stroke

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Up for the Down Stroke
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 3, 1974
ProducerGeorge Clinton
Parliament chronology
Up for the Down Stroke
Chocolate City
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideA−[4]
Rolling Stonefavorable (1974)[5]

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 featured 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 regenerated 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, Bootsy Collins, 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 Mosson, Bernie Worrell, 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, 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

Bonus tracks from 2003 remaster[edit]

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

Up For The Down Stroke was later remade by Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns on their first album A Blow For Me and a Toot For You. Testify, the Goose, and All Your Goodies are Gone were remade from old Parliaments tunes from the 1960s. Whatever Makes My Baby Feel Good was remade from the 1968 tune Whatever Makes My Baby Geel Good by Rose Williams and Funkadelic, however Funkadelic had revamped it earlier in 1973 with the track Can't Stand the Strain. There is another version of The Goose recorded by Funkadelic in 1970 which showed up on the Toys album released by Funkadelic in 2008. The Group the Dells covered Testify and All Your Goodies are Gone later in 1978.



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  2. ^ a b c "Parliament: 'Up for the Down Stroke', 'Chocolate City' and 'Mothership Connection'". Pitchfork.
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  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ Rollingstone
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 619. ISBN 9780743201698. Up for the Down Stroke Parliament.
  7. ^ "Acclaimed Music - up for the Down Stroke". Archived from the original on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2009-07-18.