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Game Dames & Guitar Thangs

Eddie HazelAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B000G04UBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. California Dreamin'
2. Frantic Moment
3. So Goes The Story
4. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
5. Physical Love
6. What About It?
7. California Dreamin' (Reprise)

Editorial Reviews

When Eddie Hazel joined George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic mothership in the late '60s at the tender age of 17, he was a solid R&B guitar player.but in a very short time under the tutelage of Dr. Funkenstein, he was, well, a monster (check the title track to the 'Maggot Brain' album to see what we mean)! However, by the time the P-Funk mob hit its commercial stride in the mid-'70s, Eddie was busy battling substance abuse problems, and wasn't around for the ride on the charts. But Clinton and crew repaid their debt to Hazel on this 1977 solo release; not only does Clinton co-produce, but such P-Funk stalwarts as Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and the Brides of Funkenstein are on board to support Eddie's searing guitar work on 'California Dreamin'; 'Frantic Moment'; 'So Goes the Story'; 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)'; 'Physical Love'; 'What About It?', and 'California Dreamin' (Reprise)'. In fact, it's practically a P-Funk release with the mothership's very own homegrown guitar hero in the spotlight; no wonder it's a cult classic, and a Collectors' Choice Music exclusive!

Customer Reviews

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE GENIUS & LEGEND December 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
EDDIE HAZEL- Let me start by saying I'm 53 yrs. old and still "FUNKIN"! I first heard Funkadelic around 1969-70. The song was "Mommy What's a Funkadelic". I knew right then & there I had heard the 3rd phase of funk, the first the god farther JB, the second being Sly. God, these were the most slammin brothers on the planet, and they featured one of the most(if not the slamminist guitarist I had ever heard. Next to Jimi Hendrix who in my opinion wasn't as smooth as this cat but was the god of guitar at that time. George Clinton had special gift for finding talented musical genuises and this was his first. The orignal cut of Maggot Brain is classical stuff, Truly this lp is classical, genius, magic that only happens once in a lifetime. A masterpiece & must have. Truly RIP EDDIE!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guitar Thangs December 8, 2006
By BKenny
Format:Audio CD
This is a must have for funk fans. Eddie Hazel is a true genius on the lead guitar and never fully received his props. The guitar work on this album gives you an idea of what true guitar work is. The songs are for sure G. Clinton induced but, when you hear California Dreamin' or "I Want You", you are in for a true treat and experience. Buy this album! If you want to know real guitar, listen to Eddie "maggot Brain" Hazel!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So so good at guitar July 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Obviously every song has mind blowing guitar. The best being the end of Physical Love where Senor Hazel is playing some of the most intense guitar i've ever heard. The problem is that the guitar on that part is the least prominent instrument, but there is some sweet synth keyboard I think Bernie Worrell was playing his keyboard underwater. Anywho California Dreamin', Physical Love, and What about it? sell this cd. The "I want you (She's so heavy)" cover is fantastic and has a good little jam in between. Frantic Moment and So goes the story are odd, but who cares it's Eddie Hazel. For those of you who don't know Eddie Hazel is one of the greatest guitartists of all time, but unfortunately had a short life like many other musicians. Rest in P Eddie.
PS. There is quote that describes funk perfectly in the liner notes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent debut from the king of funk guitar July 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
An all-too-rare cult classic. Fans of Hazel's work with Funkadelic should know that this is in a similar vein: trippy funk-rock with a lot of Hazel's guitar. The dark "Frantic Moment" is especially in this style. And Hazel cranks up the distortion knob on the entertaining "So Goes the Story," playing a solo that's a lot like his work on Standing on the Verge of Getting it On. The two sixties rock covers are also very, very good. Eddie takes on the Beatles' "I Want You (She's so Heavy)" and the Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'" into a slow, stoned haze, and turns both of them into showcases for his awesome guitar playing. "I Want You" especially benefits from this, and although the Beatles are my favorite band and Abbey Road is my favorite album ever, this is my pick for the best version of the song. Just because his many solos are so good. He pulls out all the stops, and does some of his most imaginative playing this side of "Maggot Brain." His version of Bootsy Collins' "Physical Love" is just a vehicle for his guitar playing, so it's good that his solo there is excellent. Sadly, the last two tracks are disappointing. "What About It?" isn't very exciting compared to the rest of the material, and there's an annoying reprise of "California Dreamin'". Still, fans of the P should get this if they can find it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game, Dames, & Guitar Thangs June 5, 2008
By Morton
Format:Audio CD
Eddie Hazel-Game, Dames, & Guitar Thangs *****

When I first bought this I put it in the stereo the second I got home, and I loved it so much I cancelled my plans for the rest of the day and listened to the album over and over and over again. As a guitar player and someone who the first thing he notices is the guitar in the song, I was absolutely amazed by this and still am. I can't believe how a guitar player as great as Hazel was didn't get the recognition he deserves. I'm not gonna compare him to Hendrix because the only comparison I can think of is that they are both black so that would be a little silly.

But as a whole the album, Game, Dames, & Guitar Thangs is simply breathtaking. With a majority of the album being written by the great George Clinton (Hazel's partner in Parliament and Funkadelic) with the exception of two covers. 'California Dreamin' starts off the album, which is a Mama's & Papa's cover and while it isn't as great as the original it is a great vehicle for Eddie's guitar acrobatics. 'Frantic Moment' is one of the most stellar guitar grooves of all time, released in the time of the guitar God it would make most of them blush. 'So Goes The Story' is a weird and funky groove, and while yes it is strange it is classic Hazel. The Beatles cover 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' is in my opinion a major improvement upon the original, and once again a perfect vehicle for his playing. 'Physical Love' would make Steve Vai and Joe Satriani scratch their heads, and 'What About It?' is the only track less than amazing, and yet it is still very enjoyable. However the 'California Dreamin (Reprise)' is slightly pointless other than to bookend the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The music is better than the cover only just.
I truly believe that Eddie is a good guitarist but the problem for me is that his tone and his playing get lost in the mix somewhere down the line on many occasions not just on... Read more
Published 26 days ago by John Negro
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by William Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Eddie Hazel CD "Games, Dames & Guitar Thangs"
The CD arrived after being on order for about 10 days and was adequately packaged for its shipment. It's fabulous that the music of such a phenomenal guitarist from yesteryear is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mrmawg
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE CLASSIC
Eddie Hazel is a Guitar God, I put him right up there with Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Etc. This album is pure perfection every track is a Soulful, funky, Beautiful Hard track. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Green
5.0 out of 5 stars if ur a Funkatear, buy this!
Lead Guitarist Of Parliament Funkadelic, Featuring Bootsy Collins On Bass,...Tru Funk A Tears ..This Is A Must have, They Dont Make Music Like This anymore
Published 8 months ago by nivla
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.........
Excellent example of when music had Soul........good price, and good music. Amazon has a great repository of music from all venues.
Published 10 months ago by Paul R. Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guitar work by the Unsung master
Eddie Hazel is the unsung master of guitar licks. I especially liked "California Dreaming" and "Physical Love"> The whole album is a masterpiece by Mr. Hazel. Read more
Published 11 months ago by robot
4.0 out of 5 stars fine music
magic guitar work. the man should be much better known. this is an important piece of work done at a time in history in which giants dominated music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by W. triplette
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lost Funkadelic Alumni Release
With the help from members of Parliament-Funkadelic and produced by Hazel and George Clinton, Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs would prove to be the incendiary guitarists' only solo... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thirty-Ought Six
5.0 out of 5 stars can't never get enuff
it bring back those funkee memories of yesteryears gone by, Satifaction guaranteed i would highly recommend this as funk therapy
Published 14 months ago by milton simmons
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