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Experience Unlimited*Free Yourself

Now-Again Records – NA 5176
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Bronze, 180g


A1It's All Imagination
Written-ByClarence Oscar Smith*
Written-ByMichael Hughes
A3Peace Gone Away
Written-ByDonald Fields*
A4Free Yourself8:06
B1Hey You3:41
Written-ByDonald Fields*
B3Funky Consciousness
Written-ByExperience Unlimited*

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- The Definitive Reissue of an Independent Jazz Classic
- Lacquered Directly From the Original Tapes by Bernie Grundman
- 180g Bronze Color Vinyl
- 12pg Full-Color Liner Notes Booklet

(P) 2019 Now-Again Records (C) 2019 Black Fire Music

Recorded on July 29th, 1976 at Bias Recording Studios, Falls Church, VA [...]
Originally issued on Black Fire Records, BF-19757, in 1977.

Track durations are not listed anywhere in the release and have been entered manually.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 59457 51761 8
  • Barcode (Scanned): 659457517618
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched [182406E1/A stamped]): NA5176/BF19757-A 182406E1/A BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched [182406E2/A stamped]): NA5176/BF19757-B 182406E2/A BG

Other Versions (5 of 10)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Free Yourself (LP, Album)Black FireBF 19757US1977
New Submission
Free Yourself (LP, Album, Test Pressing)Black FireBF 19757US1977
...Free Yourself (LP, Album, Reissue)Black FireBF19757US1994
...Free Yourself (CD, Album, Reissue)P-Vine RecordsPCD-3789Japan1995
New Submission
Experience Unlimited (CD, Album, Reissue)P-Vine RecordsPCD-22017Japan2002


Showbiz_Kid's profile picture
This is a great album musically, but there is a low-level surface noise (-50 dB or so) that is not annoying, but noticeable between tracks. Surprising because GZ pressings are usually silent. Perhaps it's the 'bronze' colorant used in the vinyl formulation? Dunno, but I was a bit surprised to hear it, because VMP pressings are usually quite noiseless.
dicedpeas's profile picture
Edited 5 months ago
A nice AAA cut by Bernie Grundman.

Below poster is right about the low-level surface noise, but largely it isn't noticeable when the music is playing. Overall this thing truly sounds analog to me and I was surprised at all the reviewers saying it wasn't? Nice dynamics, punchy drums, not a whole ton to complain about, other than the surface noise between tracks.
midnightrunner's profile picture
This is some very raw, funky, red hot poo-poo (I have to say "poo-poo" as if my mam finds out I have been writing the word "sh*t" online, I will lose my internet privileges for x1 week). You MUST buy this record, and listen to it as loudly as you are permitted, because it is really good. And, if you are already in ownership of a copy of this record, you are a very lucky person, so please do cherish it and never let your mam see it, because if she is like mine, the rude drawing of exposed breasts on the front cover will make her very cross!!
mangione.mitchell's profile picture
Is it just me or does it sound compressed? It sounds like it was taken from a digital source or overly "mastered"? It's not as crunchy, ranged, or separated as it should be. It's technical, to a certain extent, like a CD but not precise and not analog warm. What gives?
adslam3's profile picture
All the high praise is true. Snag this album if you don't have it - especially at some of the low prices we are seeing at the moment on discogs. "Funky Consciousness" is worth the price of admission alone. If you dig Mandrill, Lafayette Afro Rock Band, Betty Davis, even Budos Band then you will be flipping this thing front to back till it's worn out.
slabsofvinyl's profile picture
I was prepared to swap this one after listening to the rip of the album on YouTube when it was announced. For whatever reason, I decided to stick with it, and I'm really glad I did. The sound is incredible on this and I'm really enjoying it, especially the instrumental tracks.
greghead's profile picture
Don’t sleep on this one, someone snatch up that $20 copy. This is a true lost classic. Hot fire funk of the highest order. I feel bad for the sellers who don’t want this record. They must have terrible taste and that hurts my heart.

This reissue sounds so nice. Mastered by Bernie Grundman and accompanied by a book full of historical info and context.
The_Vinyl_Dealer's profile picture
Superb choice for VMP to drop in people's lives. The instrumentals are as funky as anything that Funkadelic was doing at the time, the vocal tracks have deep soul roots, and the book with it is a history lesson of a time and place long gone. Bernie Grundman doing the mastering ain't too shabby either. This is a great unexpected trip and sounds amazing.
mdavis132's profile picture
This reissue sounds fantastic. Blah blah blah 10 words.....