Editors’ Notes The decision to open its second album with a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Freddie’s Dead” was Fishbone’s boldest statement to date. The band updated the instrumentation for 1988 but otherwise offered a completely sincere reading of Mayfield’s classic, asserting its spiritual affinity with an earlier generation of political and musical innovation. The rest of Truth and Soul introduced a slightly more mature Fishbone. The band retained the energy and diversity of its early days, but its delivery was less tongue-in-cheek. Vocalist Angelo Moore is full-bodied and impassioned as he sings the refrain of “Question of Life.” The themes here include self-examination and political principle, but when the band makes a statement on racism it's careful not to fall back on boring language. “Slow Bus Movin’” is as surreal as it is enraged: “Stricken with determination to rise above a slave/The mayo men used firehoses to spray the monkeys back in their cages.” Musically, the band was at a muscular peak, with every instrument following the fearless athleticism of Moore’s vocals.

SONG
Freddie's Dead
1
4:29
 
Ma and Pa
2
3:18
 
Question of Life
3
3:00
 
Pouring Rain
4
5:12
 
Deep Inside
5
1:21
 
Mighty Long Way
6
3:23
 
Bonin' In the Boneyard
7
4:43
 
One Day
8
4:33
 
Subliminal Fascism
9
1:27
 
Slow Bus Movin'
10
2:35
 
Ghetto Soundwave
11
4:23
 
Change
12
2:56
 

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