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1. Can I Help You?
2. Love Fades
3. Mister President
4. Free Your Mind
5. We Have Love
6. Lord Help Me
7. Three Cheers for My Baby
8. Trouble Will Remain
9. We’ve Come a Long Way
NA5027 CD 2LP 2006
Original sessions produced by Amnesty.
Anthology produced by Egon
Fans of the exquisite, often never-before-released funk championed by Now Again Records are no stranger to Amnesty. Based in Indianapolis in the early 1970s, the group released only two obscure 45s in their recording career. Birthed from the same scene as the Ebony Rhythm Band (Soul Heart Transplant – NA 5011), Amnesty had a poltical edge similar to LA Carnival (Would Like To Pose A Question – NA 5009) and the hardest brass section since The Kashmere Stage Band (Texas Thunder Soul – NA 5023).
This previously unreleased anthology comes from the same sessions as “Free Your Mind”. In 1973 Amnesty recorded five hard, vocal funk numbers alongside some ballads and a handful of demos based around nothing more than guitar accompaniment. Only two songs were ever released; Amnesty’s biting, difficult-to-categorize prog/rock/soul/funk stretched far beyond Indianpolis’s bounds and the band didn’t have a label to take them to the next level.
Obviously influenced by, but by no means simply imitators of, the sound of early Parliament and Funkadelic, Amnesty also responds to the grooves of Earth Wind and Fire and Sly and The Family Stone in their own way. Finally made available thirty three years after they were recorded, these songs are funk arranged with dangerous complexity and performed with precision – arguably the most unique funk to originate from Naptown, and some of the best music of its kind.
1.Diplomatics – Hum-Bug (Parts 1 & 2)
1.Amnesty – Everybody Who Wants To Be Free (Parts 1 & 2)
NA2002 12″ Single 2003
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1.Everybody Who Wants To Be (Part 1)
1.Everybody Who Wants To Be (Part 2)
NA7005 7″ Single 2003
Produced by Herb Miller
Indiana’s Amnesty, the awesome funk ensemble lead by bassist James Massie, only released one 45 on Herb Miller’s LAMP imprint. “Everybody Who Wants To Be Free” offers up progressive funk with superb changes, accompanied by dynamite three part vocal arrangements. The band, which later went on to record for the 700 West label alongside psych and hard rock legends Primevil and Zerfas, have since seen all of their 700 West sessions released on the Free Your Mind album on Now-Again. For this 7″ release, not released anywhere else, we showcase the 45 in its original two-part form – mastered from the original analog tapes.