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Maggot Brain

Maggot Brain is a 1971 (see 1971 in music) album by the American funk band Funkadelic. It was released on Westbound Records[?].

This is the definitive album of the Eddie Hazel-era of Funkadelic, and one of the most influential albums in funk-metal, and rock and roll in general. The music swings through psychedelia, hard rock, gospel and soul music, with tremendous variation between each track.

Track Listing:


  • Lead Guitar: Eddie Hazel
  • Rhythm Guitar: Tawl Ross
  • Keyboards: Bernie Worrell
  • Bass: Billy Nelson
  • Drums: Tiki Fulwood
  • Vocals: Parliament, Gary Shider, Bernie Worrell, Tawl Ross

External Reviews

  • Five stars (highest rating)

External Links

  • the Motherpage (http://www.duke.edu/~tmc/motherpage/albums_funkadelic/alb-mbrain)

Chart positions Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album

 1971	Pop Albums	                No. 108
 1971	Black Albums	                No. 14
 1990	Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums	        No. 92

--- Title of song: Maggot Brain

Artist: Funkadelic

Title of album: Maggot Brain (see above)

Year of first release: 1971

According to legend, George Clinton told Eddie Hazel to play like his mother had just died, and the result was the twelve-minute guitar solo for which Hazel is most fondly remembered by many music critics and fans. Though several other musicians began the track playing, Clinton soon realized the power of Hazel's solo and faded them out so that the focus would be on Hazel's guitar. The entire track was recorded in one take.

Seven years later, Michael Hampton (Eddie Hazel's replacement as lead guitarist) performed his own intepretation of the song on 1978's magnum opus, One Nation Under a Groove.

Songwriters: George Clinton, Eddie Hazel

Memorable Lyrics:

  • "I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe"

Complete lyrics at the Motherpage (http://www.duke.edu/~tmc/motherpage/lyrics_funkadelic/lyr-mbrain#lyr-s-mbrain)

This song has very few lyrics, present only at the beginning of the song before Hazel's solo takes off. The concept of "Maggot Brain" is, however, very important in understanding P Funk mythology. On one level, it is said to refer to Eddie Hazel's drug-riddled brain. In the grand scheme of things, Maggot Brain is a mode of being, thinking and existing, in which one transcends the troubles of Earthly existence, instead revelling in the freedom of Funk.

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