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The Vietnam War and the civil rights movement inspire Funkadelic’s cataclysmic suite of funk and psychedelic rock on Maggot Brain. On the 10-minute opener, lead guitarist Eddie Hazel’s solo feels like an unhealed wound, setting the tone for this fiery protest album. The underlying political message of “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks” is unity, with George Clinton and company warning that distrust breeds discord. “Can You Get to That” offers a brief gospel-tinged respite from the barrage of ringing guitar feedback and hard, stutter-step drum rhythms.

Customer Reviews

I can get to that...

In my opinion Funkadelic's best album. The songs are great (especially Maggot Brain, Hit It and Quit It, and Super Stupid) and the playing is fantastic. This is the definition of funk-rock, without this there would be no Red Hot Chili Peppers etc. A must-have for fans of funk and rock. The title track is epic.

Funk you down...

The problem with this collection is you can't just "Hit It and Quit It", this music wraps you up and shakes you to your bones. For all of you who may have forgotten just what driving funk is, and where the roots of a lot of the music we hear today - in a watered down and over sampled world - this album is a funkadelic refresher course. Get on your learn'n hat and go directly to funk school Johnny.

Another annoying "album only" track

Must say that I hate it when you are forced to buy an entire album for a single track (I want the maggot brain instrumental but it is album only). Why not charge a little extra for the desired track? So I'm going to sit on my hands and not buy the album.


Formed: 1968

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '10s

Though they often took a back seat to their sister group Parliament, Funkadelic furthered the notions of black rock begun by Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, blending elements of '60s psychedelia and blues plus the deep groove of soul and funk. The band pursued album statements of social/political commentary while Parliament stayed in the funk singles format, but Funkadelic nevertheless paralleled the more commercial group's success, especially in the late '70s when the interplay between bands moved the...
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