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.
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Performance CreditsFunkadelic 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 CreditsBernie Worrell Composer
Eddie Hazel Composer
George Clinton Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ramon Tiki Fulwood Composer
Ernest G Harris Composer
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins Composer
Lucius Tawl Ross Composer
Garry Shider Composer
Billy "Bass" Nelson Composer
William Nelson Composer
E. Harris Composer
L. Ross Composer
J. Jones Composer
B. Nelson Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Maggot Brain based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Not only was Eddie ''Maggot Brain'' my husband as well as my soulmate, he was surely not the best, but one of the greatest guitarists who has lived on this earth. It is saddens my heart that as great as my husband was both musically and vocally, he was one of the most underrated artists to live. Now that he, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, along with a list of other great guitarists, heaven, I am sure certain is filled with the best of the best. I miss my husband Eddie alot, even after all these years. There are so many fans who constantly ask me about a ''tribute to Eddie Hazel concert''... What do you think. I say let's do this by all means. His Beloved Wife, Brenda Hazel
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.
Eddie Hazel. Without doubt one of the greatest guitarists to step foot on this planet. Awesome style, awesome technique and just a mind-numbing master of Psychedlic guitar. Jimi and Eddie jamming in Heaven - WOW CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE THAT..... !!!!! I agree with his wife his name should be up there amongst the greats.
Eddie was inducted into the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; because I am his widow, I was the recipient of his award. However, I feel Eddie should also someday be inducted as one of the guitar greats, as well. Anyone who agrees with me should write into the Rock'n Roll Hal of Fame Foundation, Cleveland. Thanks everyone!!