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Maggot Brain

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Funkadelic was George Clinton's chance to get serious. Unlike Parliament, Funkadelic exhibited topical lyrics and an almost heavy-metal edge, one that included screeching, distorted guitar and unsettling musical turns. This 1971 album, Funkadelic's second release, catches the ensemble in its early prime. The Hendrix-inspired dramatics come courtesy of Eddie Hazel, while Bernie Worrell admirably handles the keyboard chores. Clinton's humorous, sober lyrics address poverty, race relations, and drug use. Musically, the band covers lots of ground: Everything from smooth soul and heavy rock to abstract psychedelia and straight-on funky grooves has a place, and these jarring shifts are what make the album a revolutionary work. --Marc Greilsamer

1. Maggot Brain
2. Can You Get To That
3. Hit It And Quit It
4. You And Your Folks
5. Me And My Folks
6. Super Stupid
7. Back In Our Minds/Wars Of Armageddon

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Westbound Records
  • ASIN: B000001TVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By David Bederman on March 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time, cause y'all have knocked her up. I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe...I was not offended, for I knew I had to rise above it all, or drown in my own s**t."
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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Let's cut straight to the chase. Eddie Hazel (God rest his amazing soul) is quite possibly one of the greatest guitar players to ever walk the earth. The only problem with Eddie's work is that he was a part of something that consummated way before its time. The first three Funkadelic albums (S/t, Maggot Brain, and Free Your Mind...) are three of the greatest collections of music ever released for public consumption. However, Maggot Brain itself is the standout CD. The title track is a legendary Eddie Hazel emotional guitar ride that carries the listener to musical heights that only Jimi Hendrix was able to reach before him. The 10 minute epic track, all recorded in one take, is quite possibly the standard by which the statement "Who says a funk band can't rock" can be measured. However, the LP doesn't fall off there, with "Hit It and Quit It" and "Super Stupid" following up on the headlining track with grooving, yet forceful sounds that transcend multiple musical genres. "Can You Get to That?" and "You and Your Folks" are prime examples of gospel, rock, and soul influenced funk (what a combination!), and "Back In Our Minds" is a perfect piece of psychedelic sound that Funkadelic made famous. "Wars of Armageddon" is a total clusterbomb of a sound picture, complete with amazing Eddie Hazel guitarwork, classic George Clinton gibberish lyrics, and some extraordinary soundbites that showcase only a small portion of what was to come in the future of the Funk. This album is a must for anyone who considers themselves a fan of (deep breath): funk, pop, guitar rock, heavy metal, groove, and soul. In other words ... BUY THIS DISC!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Gore on August 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I once read a review that stated that the early Funkadelic albums were really hard rock songs with a dance beat. So perhaps the criticisms that this album is not "funk" may be justified. This album does feature songs that qualify as pure funk -- "Hit It and Quit It" quickly comes to mind. But, let's face it, George Clinton really is the Godfather of Funk -- so he defines Funk with whatever he releases. I do not recall seeing anyone really define funk music in a dictionary and,therefore, can not (should not) be pidgeonholed as a specific "style". It has and always be a freeform soul/rock/jazz fusion. So, in my opinion, this is hard edge(real)funk and the aforementioned criticisms of this being non-funk are unjustified.
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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The ultimate electric guitar experience! Eddie Hazel like Jimi Hendrix should be in the Hall of Fame and if for no other effort than his superb contribution on "Maggot Brain". This is 10-minutes of pure listening pleasure. This album made me an instant Funkadelic/Parliament fan from 1973 to present. I have searched for "Maggot Brain" for years. I am completely content musically at this time now that I have found it. Thank you Amazon.com, thank you!!
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