• amnesty Free Your Mind: the 700 West Sessions (double LP, £26.95)

    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, Amnesty had a political edge similar to LA Carnival and the hardest brass section since The Kashmere Stage Band. 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-categorise 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. 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. TRACKLIST: 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 10. Liberty

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