Funkadelic – 1971 – Maggot Brain

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One of the masterpieces of Psychedelic soul- funk – rock.

It contains one of the best guitar’s solo ever made!

According to legend, George Clinton out of his mind on Orange Sunshine, told Eddie Hazel to play the first half of the song like his mother had just died, and then the second half as if he had found out she was alive. The result was the 10-minute guitar solo for which Hazel is most fondly remembered by many music critics and fans. Though several other musicians began the track playing, Clinton soon realized the power of Hazel’s solo and faded them out so that the focus would be on Hazel’s guitar. The entire track was recorded in one take.
In March 2005, Q magazine placed “Maggot Brain” at number 71 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, which I personal think is not fair as it should be at least at top 20!

 

Maggot Brain is a 1971 album by the American funk band Funkadelic. It was released on Westbound Records. The music swings through psychedelia, hard rock, gospel and soul music, with tremendous variation between each track.In 2003, the album was ranked number 486 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

Track listing
1. “Maggot Brain” (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel) – 10:20
2. “Can You Get To That” (Clinton, Ernie Harris) – 2:50
3. “Hit It And Quit It” (Clinton, Billy Bass Nelson, Garry Shider) – 3:50
4. “You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks” (Clinton, Judie Jones, B. Worrell) 3.36
5. “Super Stupid” (Clinton, Hazel, Nelson, Tawl Ross) – 3:57
6. “Back In Our Minds” (Fuzzy Haskins) – 2:38
7. “Wars Of Armageddon” (Clinton, Tiki Fulwood, Ross, Worrell) – 9:42

Line up
Lead Guitar: Eddie Hazel
Rhythm Guitar: Tawl Ross
Keyboards: Bernie Worrell
Bass: Billy Nelson
Drums: Tiki Fulwood
Vocals: Parliament, Gary Shider, Bernie Worrell, Tawl Ross

What can I say, everyone should own this album. “Maggot Brain” may be Eddie’s finest moment ever. The lyrics are particulary poignant and clever, especially “Can You Get To That” and “You And Your Folks…“. Bernie really becomes a dominant force on this album, with his organ adding texture to the acid/R&B guitar stew. Did I mention the beautiful singing? No Funkadelic album would be complete without a freakout song, and “Wars of Armageddon” fits the bill here. It sounds like they pulled out a sound effects album and got funky with it. “Maggot Brain” was written when George asked Eddie to think of the saddest thing he could, to imagine his mother dying. George faded out the rest of the band when Eddie played this, because they weren’t playing as well as Eddie, and the result was excellent. The album is Funkadelic at its best in that it’s impossible to predict. It starts with a psychedelic solo guitar piece, moves on to a gospel-inflected soul-stirrer, continues with a hard-rock organ-driven tune, swings toward a politically charged soul-gospel piece, soars with one of the first heavy metal tunes in history, moves back into the political realm with a touch of taste and a horn influence, and concludes with a freakout as bizarre as anything ever recorded. This kind of heavy eclecticism would be seen on several of the next Funkadelic albums, but this one is my favorite.
Maggot Brain” is the greatest instrumental the band ever recorded, owing everything to the genius of Eddie Hazel, who makes listening to the piece an exhausting, terryifying and exhilarating experience. “Can You Get To That“, yet another rewrite of a Parliaments song, starts off with acoustic guitars, giving more of an emphasis to Bernie and his organ, with some of the best singing and lyrics on the album. “Hit It & Quit It” is a Worrell showpiece, featuring his vocals and dominated by that heavy organ sound. Hazel’s solo at the end is excellent. “You And Your Folks…” is a sequel of sorts to “I Got A Thing…“, with impassioned lyrics about the poor and the irresistable ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ chant. “Super Stupid” is a high-powered Hazel metal tune, with a still-tasteful if over-the-edge swooping solo. “Back In Our Minds” settles the whole angry stew down, with Environmedian J.W. Jackson playing jew’s harp. He would open for Funkadelic on many occasions, doing a stand-up routine. Just when everything has settled down, they finish it with the utterly bizarre “Wars of…“, a song that has a great Hazel jam, a ton of sound effects, commentary on urban society, lyrics that include ‘more power to the peter, more power to the pussy, more pussy to the peter’, and much, much more.

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14 Comments
  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 12:59h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you…..

  • robert
    Posted at 21:35h, 17 May 2008 Reply

    oh man, i love this record so much. been looking for an mp3 version for a while.

    thanks!

  • simon
    Posted at 22:28h, 10 July 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this but can’t extract tracks 6 and 7 – says track 6 is corrupt?

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 02:56h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Simon, the file is ok. just check it again. Download it once more brother.

  • simon
    Posted at 21:56h, 11 July 2008 Reply

    Nice one, thanks, got it all now

  • Brain Damage
    Posted at 15:51h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    On “Maggot Brain”, Eddie Hazel played the most beautiful tribute ever to the genius of Jimi Hendrix, who had just passed away recently. It could even be argued that he actually outpassed his master, something I would never say of anyone else among the vast crowd of Hendrix heirs and imitators. Too bad he became less and less audible on the subsequent Funkadelic albums, because he really pulled the whole band higher to unknown spheres.

  • Chris
    Posted at 21:20h, 15 November 2008 Reply

    I’ve got this on wax. Thanks for saving me the time and effort. Peace

  • moggy
    Posted at 10:33h, 18 June 2009 Reply

    Had this reccommened to me yesterday……thanks a lot.

  • jerryt
    Posted at 02:48h, 04 December 2010 Reply

    Had it since 1971 when it came out and still listening to it religiously. Those magazines are total B.S. in their rankings IMO.

  • Dave
    Posted at 03:22h, 01 August 2011 Reply

    I guess you shouldn’t judge a book by its colors. I never bothered to check out this record till I saw it here. What a pleasant surprise.

    Thanks Nikos & the other contributors.

  • Stuff
    Posted at 16:48h, 14 June 2012 Reply

    I want to give a funky praise to my Dad, Ramon Tiki Fulwood and Thank you Crystal for staying by him when he needed it.

  • Roberto Medeiros
    Posted at 06:24h, 25 July 2012 Reply

    Yes !!! The best psichedelic Soul album ever !!! Thank you so much !!!

  • stephphs
    Posted at 01:31h, 09 December 2012 Reply

    Thanks a lot !

  • Chris
    Posted at 10:44h, 23 November 2013 Reply

    Thanks Brotha’ ! So good…. Luv it!
    Txs for ur job & take care!

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