Monday, April 16, 2007

Amnesty Free Your Mind reissue CD

A Now Again/Stones Throw/700 West Reissue of some killer funk.
This record did not grab me on first listen and I must have had a serious stick up my ass that day. It took a rainy ride to Lawrence to bring the brilliance of this record into focus. Awesome cosmic crying afro-woman cover art. 10 tracks from 1973 "Prog Funk" was the description given by a fellow traveller that day. Bass driven with tons of tempo changes. Excellent group vocals. This is funk in the vein of Funkadelic, but the grooves are wicked and stay focused. They had a track on the massive Cold Heat comp. They must have ruled Indianapolis back in the late 60s through the early 70s. "Can I Help You" opens things up with the bass player leading the way. "Love Fades" has a wicked groove, driving horns, and a Hendrixy feel. "Free your mind" has a massive groove and was on the Cold Heat comp. Huge! "Lord Help Me" has some Temptations worthy vocal work.
There are a couple reissue 45s you can snatch up to if interested.
You cannot go wrong grabbing this CD.

1 comment:

Ur Trommler said...

I'll vouch for the enthusiasm shown for this AWESOME set! "Prog Funk" is greatly accurate, with some extended jams and tempo changes that bring extra notoriety and worthiness... in a sea of reissues, this gem stands out!