Up for the Down Stroke

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
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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 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 listingEdit

Side OneEdit

  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 TwoEdit

  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 remasterEdit

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



  1. ^ a b Up for the Down Stroke at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c "Parliament: 'Up for the Down Stroke', 'Chocolate City' and 'Mothership Connection'". Pitchfork.
  3. ^ http://www.blender.com/guide/reissue/51133/up-for-down-strokechocolate-citymothership-connection.html[permanent dead link]
  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.