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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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Truly the anthem of my youth

During my late high school and early college years in and around Akron Ohio at 1:00 AM, on any given Saturday night of partying, no matter where we were, in the car, at a drive-in, in a pool hall or in someones basement everything would stop and we would dial in 97.9, if it wasn't already on, which it usually always was, and we would get into that collective funk that only Maggot Brain could bring on. And if it didn't come on then the station was barraged with calls until it did. I've combed through dusty stacks of vinyl and racks of used cds looking for and subsequently wearing out any copy of this rare gem I could find. I wonder how long it will take me to wear this one out;-)...give it a spin and let the funk touch your soul like no sound from today can.

Brought it all together

I used to work overnight at Cleveland Hopkins airport and when this song came on at 1:00 work just stopped. We used to take the radio outside and crank it and when Maggotbrain echoed across the field, off buildings, and back to us it was like the whole world was just floating and we were all taken to that little space most personal inside us where we each knew for ourselves what could be and what might have been, all at the same time. Pretty much one of the most beautiful, lilting, graceful, powerful, haunting, and amazing instrumentals I have ever heard.

Now this...

is what it's all about right here. This is the perfect amalgam of funk and rock. Seriously, all rock should sound like this—loose but tight, soulful and earthy... It's like Jimi Hendrix sitting down with Sly Stone and saying, "I had an idea for something new. Check this out..." There is no compare to the gut-wrenching Eddie Hazel solo on "Maggot Brain." If listening to this song doesn't move you—as in, shedding a tear, swaying your hind end back and forth, or thinking of somebody that you've lost, then you must be dead or a Conservative. (Yeah, I said it.) From the jangly folkiness of "Can You Get to That" to the twisted, psychedelic freak out of "Wars of Armageddon," this is essential listening. (By the way, I propose that "You and Your Folks..." be the "Barack Obama for President" campaign song in '08. How 'bout it y'all?)

Biografía

Fecha de formación: 1968

Género: R&B/Soul

Años de actividad: '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...
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