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Maggot Brain - Flying Out

FUNKADELIC

Maggot Brain

Independent

$42.00

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. All Music Guide

ITEM DETAILS:
Artist: Funkadelic
Title: Maggot Brain
Label: 4 Men With Beards
Cat #:HIQLP020

Year: 1971
Format: LP

TRACK LIST:

  1. Maggot Brain
  2. Can You Get to That
  3. Hit It and Quit It
  4. You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks
  5. Super Stupid
  6. Back in Our Minds
  7. Wars of Armageddon


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