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Audio, Cassette, July 26, 1989
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Though this DEFINITELY makes no sense at all, it sets the scene for some more experimental, revolutionary music from George Clinton and Funkadelic. Perhaps one of the darker albums of the early 1970s, Maggot Brain is a successful experiment and a tremendous success for Funkadelic's 3rd album.
Moving beyond the very freaky acid psychadelia of their first two albums, Funkadelic moved into a newer and eclectic sound; a mixture of harsh rock 'n' roll, psychadelic music, soul music, gospel choirs, and even more. Maggot Brain effectively managed to fuse all of these together.
The first song is worth the entire album, earning it the 5 star award: considered by many to be the greatest guitar solo ever, the late Eddie Hazel's "Maggot Brain" is a depressing, bluesy, acid trip that was recorded in one take. All it took was George Clinton telling Eddie to "play like your mother just died," and Maggot Brain thus was born. The song opens with a dreary guitar backdrop and "echoing" drums that mysteriously fade out once Hazel gets into the solo; reportedly, this is because Clinton found that they "sucked" in comparison to Hazel's improvization. The song progressively gets more and more intense, until it peaks at the middle; but at the end it gets as intense as before. Unlike many other solos out there, Maggot Brain succeeds at having both an immsensely skillful player and the perfect instrumentation. Rarely, if not never, does P-Funk play a concert without Maggot Brain; it is one of their hallmark songs.Read more ›
This album covers several "funk styles" from the Jimi Hendrix-like guitar funk on the title track, to the Temptations-like funk of "Can You Get to That", to the hard thumpin' rock (funk) track "Super Stupid".
If you are more interested in the lighter dance songs that Parliament/Funkadelic released in the late '70s, then this album may not be for you. The later releases in '70s were fine, as well, but did not come nearly as close to this gritty funk masterpiece. -- Highly recommended!
It can't be Funkadelic because they are anything but, this is just a terrible rendering of their sound. If you are going to dump weak originals to vinyl you get the worst of both world, flat quiet tinny lossy in a media that degrades over time. There is no groove and no funk, when 4 Men w/Beards drop the wax. You may want the funk, but they ain't got the funk. I wish I had known before I ordered.
On the one hand, it's great to have classic funk albums on vinyl, but when they don't sound funky because the transfer to vinyl is cold, tinny, bass-less and sad it just makes me mad. Steer clear, buy a used copy, hisses, crackles and all, it will sound a hell of a lot better than these weak pressings. They should be ashamed of themselves for turning pure unadulterated funk into a little puddle of nothing.
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Yes! This CD brought back fun memories! The sound quality isn't great, as mentioned in other reviews, but I knew that would be the case with the price I paid. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ylinton
Only bought this album because I heard the song "Maggot Brain". Man, I love that song. Multiple guitargasms happening up the ying-yang!Published 10 months ago by drewmyster