Amnesty — Free Your Mind: The 700 West Sessions
As sampled by Kanye West for “Lift Yourself” – previously unreleased soul and funk by Indianapolis’s Amnesty.
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 poltical 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 sweet funk 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.
Now-Again finally made this album available in the early 2000s; this is serious Black American music, arranged with dangerous complexity and performed with precision – arguably the most unique soul and funk to originate from Naptown, and some of the best music of its kind.
Limited edition copies of gatefold 2 LP with liner notes contained on sleeve still available, and now out of print elsewhere; jewel case CD with booklet.