Up for the Down Stroke  

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Up for the Down Stroke is a 1974 album by Parliament. It was the band's second album (following 1970's Osmium), and their first to be released on Casablanca Records. The album's 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".

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

Track listing

  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
  5. "I Just Got Back (From the Fantasy, Ahead of Our Time in the Four Lands of Ellet)" (Peter Chase) – 4:33
  6. "All Your Goodies Are Gone"(George Clinton, Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Billy "Bass" Nelson) – 5:07
  7. "Whatever Makes Baby Feel Good" (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel) – 6:01
  8. "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. <li value=10> "Testify (Alternate Mix)" – 4:03
  3. <li value=11> "Singing Another Song (Previously Unreleased)" - 3:04


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