Maggot Brain [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
It starts with a crackle of feedback shooting from speaker to speaker and a voice intoning, "Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time, for y'all have knocked her up" and talking about rising "above it all or drown in my own sh*t." This could only have been utterly bizarre back in 1971 and it's no less so decades later; though the Mothership was well on its way already, Maggot Brain really helped it take off. The instrumental title track is the key reason to listen, specifically for Eddie Hazel's lengthy, mind-melting solo. George Clinton famously told Hazel to play "like your momma had just died," and the resulting evocation of melancholy and sorrow doesn't merely rival ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
It starts with a crackle of feedback shooting from speaker to speaker and a voice intoning, "Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time, for y'all have knocked her up" and talking about rising "above it all or drown in my own sh*t." This could only have been utterly bizarre back in 1971 and it's no less so decades later; though the Mothership was well on its way already, Maggot Brain really helped it take off. The instrumental title track is the key reason to listen, specifically for Eddie Hazel's lengthy, mind-melting solo. George Clinton famously told Hazel to play "like your momma had just died," and the resulting evocation of melancholy and sorrow doesn't merely rival Jimi Hendrix's work, but arguably bests a lot of it. Accompanied by another softer guitar figure providing gentle rhythm for the piece, the end result is simply fantastic, an emotional apocalypse of sound. Maggot Brain is bookended by another long number, "Wars of Armageddon," a full-on jam from the band looping in freedom chants and airport-departure announcements to the freak-out. In between are a number of short pieces, finding the collective merrily cooking up some funky stew of the slow and smoky variety. There are folky blues and gospel testifying on "Can You Get to That" one listen and a lot of Primal Scream's mid-'90s career is instantly explained and wry but warm reflections on interracial love on "You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks," its drum hits distorted to give a weird electronic edge to the results. "Super Stupid" is a particular killer, pounding drums and snarling guitar laying down the boogie hard and hot, while "Hit It and Quit It" has a great chorus and Bernie Worrell getting in a fun keyboard solo to boot. [The 2005 reissue features excellent remastered sound, a thick booklet, a B-side, U.S. Music's 1972 A-side "I Miss My Baby" featuring Funkadelic, and the full-band mix of the title track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • Label: Westbound Records Us
  • UPC: 723485720071
  • Catalog Number: 72007
  • Sales rank: 11,215

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Funkadelic Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell Keyboards, Vocals
Eddie Hazel Guitar, Vocals
George Clinton Vocals
Raymond Davis Vocals
Ramon Tiki Fulwood Drums
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Drums, Vocals
Garry Shider Guitar, Vocals
Calvin Simon Vocals
Grady Thomas Vocals
Tawl Ross Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell Composer
Eddie Hazel Composer
George Clinton Composer, Audio Production
Ramon Tiki Fulwood Composer
Ernest G Harris Jr. Composer
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Composer
Garry Shider Composer
William Nelson Composer
E. Harris Composer
L. Ross Composer
J. Jones Composer
B. Nelson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of two albums by Funkadelic you have to hear

    Wow! This is both one of the best Funk albums and one of the best Rock albums I've ever heard. Imagine Jimi Hendrix joining James Brown with both on Acid and you have an idea how amazing this album is. George Clinton is well known, but still underrated in every respect.

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