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"Free Your Mind... And Your A*s Will Follow" came out in 1970, and was the second album from the George Clinton-led band, Funkadelic, who continued to show what progression they could make in the world of Psychedelic Rock to drive things towards the imminent Funk takeover later on in the decade. It came out within a year of their debut, and an album form the other project, Parliament (who used the same band (George Clinton, Ray Davis, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas), but chose to direct their stuff towards Psychedelic Soul instead).
1. "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow"
To begin the album, you find them performing a track which has them get right down to their funky ways as they do some experimental Psychedelic work. They try out all they can to give thing s a spacey and futuristic feel to it all as Clinton and the band chant the title to the sounds of the electric guitar and some funky drums as we get further into it. It lasts over ten minutes, and lost occurs within the tune to get you into the right mindset.
2. "Friday Night, August 14th"
On this one you have them getting right down to the proper work as you find that they take from their eponymous debut, and the type of melodies which came through there, to guide what they do here and progress with a track which has their new age Rock sounding a lot more like the norm, but with a lot of original wah-wahs added to it.
3. "Funky Dollar Bill"
Here you have them exploring some pretty deep themes in a manner which appears to contradict this as they detach themselves from the seriousness of the subjects which they address with a carefree approach. You find that here they merge some of the Psychedelic Rock style of production, (with the composition of the guitars), and then from here they throw down percussion which drove the early Hip Hop movement.
4. "I Wanna Know If It's Good to You?"
On this one you have them getting down to the Funk work. I felt tha this was a great time to choose to direct their attention this way as you here that much of the content seems to reflect the Soul work from them, but with the freaky wah-wah guitar effects and the groovy beats, it gives a completely different effect, and makes it stand out significantly.
5. "Some More"
Here you get them doing things in a very different way as you have them taking on a kind of Blues format, but done in a higher pace, in addition to this, you find that Clinton sings with watery sound effects added on to give it a strange feel. I felt that it wasn't really working though, and it really hurt the track as a result.
6. "Eulogy and Light"
Ending it, you have a track which you could say to some degree reflects what you find on the opening track. However it is a lot more direct in this one as they ensure that it is clear that what occurs within it is religiously-motivated. They mess around with the production to see the effects, such as reversing all the background vocals, and it makes it quite a haunting one as Clinton explores a world we are more familiar with as he does spoken word over it.
Although it is a short album, it appears to show a lot of what they are capable of as they recorded the whole thing in a single day, largely with improvisational, and still managed to come up with a pretty varied release with strong, meaningful lyrics at times. It is just as inconsistent as their debut as a result, and with annoying non-musical parts where Clinton chooses to rap over the strange sound effects brings it down.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW
2 FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 14TH
3 FUNKY DOLLAR BILL
4 I WANNA KNOW IF IT?S GOOD TO YOU
5 SOME MORE
6 EULOGY AND LIGHT
7 FISH CHIPS AND SWEAT (B-Side of ?I Got A Thing?)
8 I WANNA KNOW IF IT?S GOOD TO YOU (45 Vocal)
9 I WANNA KNOW IF IT?S GOOD TO YOU (45 Instrumental)