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Maggot Brain

Funkadelic

1971

Maggot Brain

Album Summary

Maggot Brain is the third studio album by the American funk rock band Funkadelic, released by Westbound Records in July 1971. It was produced by band leader George Clinton and recorded at United Sound Systems in Detroit during late 1970 and early 1971. It was the final album recorded by the original Funkadelic lineup; after its release, original members Tawl Ross (guitar), Billy Nelson (bass), and Tiki Fulwood (drums) left the band for various reasons.The album charted in the R&B Top 20. Today, it is perhaps best known for its 10-minute title track, performed by guitarist Eddie Hazel. Pitchfork named it the 17th best album of the 1970s. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked Maggot Brain the 136th greatest album of all time in its updated list.

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Rating

3.62

Votes

5529

Genres

  • Funk
  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Soul
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Tue Oct 13 2020
5

Oh, Funkadelic. This is exactly what I wanted to listen to on a Monday morning. This album is absolutely genre-defining. It's almost like George Clinton and his boys were looking at their contemporaries and saying, "Sure you can rock. Sure you got soul. Sure, you're funky? But how far are you willing to go?" And the answer was: not as far as Funkadelic. This albums pushes the boundaries of what was rock/funk/soul/psychadelic music at the time. The opening guitar riff of the album on the title track "Maggot Brain" is a face-melting. 9-minute shred worthy of Hendrix. The guitar tones on this whole album are phenominal. They range from sharply atmosheric to heart-poundinly organic. The tracks are a bit all over the place and thee album lacks cohesion but, even so, manages to work as a whole unit of expression. Much of that is due to George Clinton's peculiar lyrical contribution which, in keeping with the psycadelic/funk ethos, are sparse but pointed most of the time, highlighting culture, race, drug-addled nihilism, and sheer, pleasure-seeking, self-serving abandon.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

When it comes to the two-sided coin that is Parliament-Funkadelic, it appears that my preference falls heavily on the Parliament side. This was a 7 track rock album (don't let the band name fool you) clocking in at around 37 minutes of runtime. The album is bookended by two 10-minute songs, the first being one long guitar solo with minimal instrumental backing, and the last being mostly an instrumental, frenetic jam filled with tons of off-putting sound effects, including cows mooing and loud, juicy farts. Seriously. That leaves 5 tracks spanning a mere 17 minutes as the meat of the album. One of those songs has a strange metallic instrument warbling the entire song, which kind of ruins it. The remaining 4 songs were good and groovy, but this is easily the most bipolar album I've listened to so far. How do you rate an album made of only 1 star and 4 star songs? My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

This is my second PFunk album in less than a week and man-oh-man. The title track alone merits its five stars, I mean, who sends a guitarist into a session and tells them to play like their mother just died? Very deep funk album that doesn't show the funky side that they will become, but this is my style.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Perfect for those of us who enjoy hallucinogenic journeys and pussy.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Wow! I'm blown away. This album was released a month before I was, and it kicks some serious ass. It's unmistakenly a funk album but it rocks out way more than most rock and metal albums ever did. I knew nothing of this album, had heard none of it, and now I'm a bit in love. Fantastic stuff, and that title track... oh my.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Guitar goes whéeeeerreeaaaarrrgh

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Now we're talking! MOTHER EARTH IS PREGNANT FOR THE THIRD TIME AND YALL DONE KNOCKED HER UP! I call this Progressive Funk and it kicks ass. This is a 9/10 album and it is so close to a full 10. Maggot Brain (the song) is a masterpiece that never gets old and the next few songs are super radio friendly. I love the bass singer in "can you get to that" - he just makes it. Where the album falls flat is back in our minds (short, forgettable filler) and Wars of Armageddon. I love wierd shit, but this song is just grating. Fart sounds, yelling, cuckoo clocks... would it have been so hard to reprise maggot brain as a closer? That would have kept it classy. So close to greatness - I end this album at Super Stupid. The bonus tracks are great, though i don't count them in this review.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

The magic that is the year 1971. I wonder if it's a self-fulfilling prophecy at this point--I just expect 1971 albums to be amazing so I make them so in my mind? Nope. Can't be that. I was slain from the opening track, with that psychedelic, apocalyptic guitar. I've rarely heard anything so soothing and hypnotic. Eddie Hazel, where did you learn to play like that? The rest of the album is pretty great, the other high point being "Super Stupid", but nothing compares to the epic opening track. It's like it opened a door to another realm. Dude's playing his guitar as if his mother had just died, just as instructed.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

I love this album. Perfect funk. Wars of Armageddon was a weird one. Experimental but I appreciate it. Fart noises haha power to the pussy

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Fri Nov 13 2020
3

Just skip the first song

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Tue Apr 06 2021
2

Honestly kind of a let down. It was ok, but not great and based on the name I expected it to groove more. The lower rating reflects my failed expectations for this album

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

Ok as background music, nothing mindblowing.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

Assume this is gonna be funk & soul? Hopefully, could be good. Wow ok not wheat I was expecting. First track is mad electric guitar skillzzzz a la Clapton, second track is a like a mad country-ish soul vibe. Overall is very electric guitar heavy, kinda Hendrix-esque. It's all good, prob a 2.5, never massively been my kinda genre. Maybe 2 cos just not that arsed about it.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

true classic

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

Already own this one

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Funking funktastic

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Sun Nov 15 2020
5

Classic album!

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

Pure genius

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

This album slaps!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

I literally listen to this album at least once a week

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

Sabbath followed by this album is by far the best back-to-back yet. Another absolute classic. "Maggot Brain" is probably my favorite guitar solo of all time. So damn good.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Yo! this was a great fucking album! I've never heard of this band, but while this is a late review, thoroughly enjoyed this album! I mean, man, just the first track alone, though long, was fucking insanely amazing with it's guitar, that it set a high bar, but the album delivered. I snap bought this album, and will suggest this to anyone that needs something to listen to.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Loved it. Thought the long jams were fun to get lost in and the shorter tunes equally great! Officially converted to not being happy with the rating system as it's way to restrictive. Another album I wish I could give 4.5 to...but I can't. Seeing as I went up last time, I'll do the same here.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

The guitarist is so clearly inspired by Hendrix, Super Stupid is essentially him doing an impression of Jimi. Not as accomplished as Jimi on the guitar, but who is? I really liked this album. It was way more interesting and varied than I'd anticipated, so much so I feel I need a second listen to get my head around it properly. The self indulgent moments go both ways for me (guess that'll be the drugs). Sometimes it meanders into weirdness eg Wars of Armageddon, but some of the improv is great eg title track. No doubt these guys are legendary and influential and have been sampled by almost everyone in hip hop. But it's also a sick album. 9/10

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Holy Schneikies, that is some truly mind-melting guitar work!! I had been introduced to the guitar solo on the title track by a brilliant guitar teacher, and it still sends me on a journey every time I hear it. The whole album is a beautiful, jarring, dark journey into the abyss and somehow lets us escape. Barely. What a masterpiece.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Listen to this one again

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

This album is dripping with vibe. They slap, the bang. There’s funk, there’s hendrix, there’s jamming, theirs weird trancelike whiny guitar. Every song moves me on a particular way which is what a 5 needs to do. I worry the mysterious heroin addict Jesus like guitar player has taken over the story of this album. I get what the Armageddon song is doing with all the sound effects, but it’s a little annoying, just okay the jam, the farts brought be back. Here’s to farts and heroin Jesus. 5.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

A year after Hendrix's death, this album brims with his influence. A combination of funk, acid rock, experimental music, and psychedelia, Maggot Brain is both accessible and transgressive in a way that only George Clinton can be. The musicianship on this album is unimpeachable.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Awesome, and really surprised me how awesome. Hints of influence on or by an eclectic range of artists, including Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Radiohead, Lenny Kravitz, Slash, Avalanches, Royal Blood, Jamie T, and many more. I absolutely loved it, with my favourites being ... actually, all 7 tracks on the original album! An extra star for being so unexpectedly wonderful makes it my first 6 🌟 album!

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

This'd be a five star album for the title track alone, but the rest of the album slaps for sure. "Can You Get To That" is so strong Sleigh Bells can slap a vocal track over the top of a sample from it and produce a banger. "Hit It and Quit It" is just funk brilliance. And "Wars of Armageddon" is a brain melter of a closing track. I can definitely see that the album as a whole might be too weird for some people, but I've long thought the title track is a veritable Voight-Kampff test. If you can listen to the track "Maggot Brain" and not get the feels, then someone in a trench coat needs to come retire you. And I felt like that before finding out the backstory to the track, which only heightens its emotional impact! Fave track - "Maggot Brain", for sure, but "Hit It and Quit It" gets an honourable earwormy mention!

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Why I don't have a copy of this on vinyl is a mystery. I compare this album to a short acid trip, you definitely get taken on a journey and it is a delightful, sprawling cacophony of funk and psychedelia. Maggot Brain is another of those albums that I had never heard completely until relatively recently. It was always played at friends houses, winding down after a long night out or tracks from it made it onto mix tapes and compilations. Essential listening if only for that fact that it is pretty genre defying and doesn't easily fit into a neat category. It feels way longer than it's 36 minutes because George Clinton, Eddie Hazel and the gang fit so much music in there. I got to the end, surprised only a short amount of time had passed so I gave it a few more listens just to be sure I hadn't floated into another dimension.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Everybody is rightfully enamored over the guitar solo on the title track (the best ever post Hendrix), but it must be mentioned how Eddie Hazel absolutely rips it again on Hit It and Quit It and then again on Super Stupid. Just an incredibly talented group of musicians, amazing production and a timeless sound all packaged together perfectly by Dr. Fukenstein, the only physician who could pull off such a creation. More power to the pussy! More pussy to the people!

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

I have to be honest - funk isn't my thing; I don't know why, it just isn't. That said, Maggot Brain's gritty blues production quality and experimentalism won me over from the start. Listening to it makes me feel the same way that watching Evil Dead 2 makes me feel - just a dirty good time. With Eddie Hazel tearing off lead guitar riffs, it's almost like The Mothers with a message, and I'm actually now wondering if Zappa didn't try to replicate the Funkadelic sound with Napoleon Murphy Brock as Clinton and himself as Hazel. Really great album - a wonderful surprise.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

No es lo que parece

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Sat Feb 27 2021
2

forgettable funk album. no offensive but won't listen again

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Mon Jan 11 2021
5

Fun!

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Absolutely fantastic. A perfectly made album, great tracks and rhythms and just ya 10/10. Epitome of funkadelic

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Prog rock jams with funk

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Awesome record.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

One of the best I've heard so far.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

hoooooly shit. mind blowing all around.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Forgot about this gem - should set a reminder to listen to it with the winter solstice or some other oft-forgotten day of import.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

This is a masterclass in every possible aspect. Individual songs take masters of their craft and push them to their best. You and your folks, me and my folks features a stunning bass, and wars of armageddon’s drum leaves you gasping for breath. It feels modern and up to date even now. Benchmark for a perfect album. Discounting additional bonus tracks as just that, bonuses (read: still very good tracks).

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Un disco mágico. Funk de verdad, nada de funky

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

That's a whole lotta BS

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Crazy guitar solo followed by some funky classics. Some songs don't quite stick the landing, but otherwise it's great. 9

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

Yes please. I can get down with this funk. Loved that guitar intro, made me feel like I was tripping in the desert

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Best one yet.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Senza regole, pura follia. Maggot Brain devastante.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

DAMN, these songs have some THiCC groove.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
5

Amazing guitar riffs. Great album

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

Top notch Psychedelic funk, glad I discovered this here!

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Tue May 25 2021
5

A masterpiece of epic proportion.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Wow!

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Sun May 30 2021
5

Stupendous.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

That FUNK. And those FART sounda. But no joke that shit was good as fuck. I dunno how many times I played it front to back.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

My understanding is that this is an essential psychedelic funk album - I concur.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Classic, seminal funk

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Thu May 27 2021
5

That mind melting opening track is really something magnificent... The whole thing is just awesome. Some real heavy bluesy guitar riffs, mixed in with pure mad cap funk.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

i love it

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

maggot brain.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

Loved it. Absolutely my thing

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Sooo good! Love this album. Early funk at its finest.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

Weird and wild and funky as hell. The title track has some of the coolest guitar work I’ve ever heard, and really the guitar shines throughout the whole album. Catchy, funny, funky lyrics add layers to the stellar music.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

P-Funk 4 LYFE. I love almost every song on this album

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Holy hell this was a great album. Amazing opener with a 9 minute blues/funk guitar solo. Whole album has a strong groove through it, Super Stupid is a highlight. Back in our Minds has some interesting percussion leading it. I think it was up and down, loved some songs, others were just ok. None were bad though. Added a few songs to the playlist, definitely would go back to his album.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

If this album had nothing but the title track it would be legendary. Speaking of which Funkadrlic would seem to be the most unlikely of sources for one of rocks great guitar epics, but there you have it. And the rest of the album while nothing like the title track is still worthy of many many listens. Easily 5 🌟

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

I listened to this in two sittings. On the first sitting I hated the maggot brain solo, but enjoyed the other stuff. But on the second sitting, I loved the alternate mix of maggot brain. Perhaps I just needed some warm up before the solo 😂

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Great album by a great band. Funky, groovy, and psychedelic. The opener and title track is an incredible piece of music, setting the tone for the rest of the album. Beforehand, I worried that this and maybe one or two other songs would dominate the record, the rest being mediocre fillers, but I have to say all songs were of top quality. If I would have to point out any issue, I'd say they could have left out some of the silliness; better leave that sort of thing to Zappa.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Iconic funk album which slays exactly the way it intends to slay. The incredible raw feeling and emotion in the title track alone does it for me, with some nice grooves afterward to come down to.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

What a delightfully mad bastard George Clinton is. I love this album mainly because I don't understand any of it. And it's actually listenable which can't be said of a lot of Parliament/Funkadelic's output.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

love a bit of maggot brain. its got everything, john squire-esque solos, hendrix like tracks, soul train style soul, sleaze, keyboard led prog style tracks and super low barry white bass singing. this is the funk album that all the others should be compared to.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

An experience

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Extremely good, very funky. First time I've ever thought random fart noises were funny. Laugh-out loud bits and hypnotic jams. Great start!

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

I enjoyed it.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

I had never heard of this previously, but damn this is cool. Easy 5, no question.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Wow! That was fun! Most of it seemed more like rock than funk, though, which surprised me. A great piece of work regardless.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Have on vinyl, guitar opener is killer. Great all the way through.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

Eargasm!

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

The album with that fantastic solo of Eddy Hazel

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Loved this. Not listened to it all the way through before but knew a few of the tunes. Found it hard going at first but it takes you on a real journey. A proper album that needs to be experienced from start to finish to make sense.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Excelent

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Had Super Stupid on a couple of my playlists but not heard the full album before now. Sounds great for 1971 and holds up today. Definitely a rock album with funk influences rather than a full on blend.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Unique amazing energy. A ton of fun and great vibes. Go read about the intro guitar solo.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Harder than some of the “hard” artists of the day. And huge inspiration for albums even today.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Le pondrían 10 estrellas.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Brilliant. It was new to me and I loved it.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Should be longer

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Transcendental psychedelic madness in the best way.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

oh hell yeah, I was wondering when I would get this album fuckin love Maggot Brain - 10/10 one of my favorite intros to an album, “Or drown in my own shieet” followed by like the coolest 10 minute guitar solo

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Holy balls this was good. I’ve heard bits and pieces of it before but never got around to the whole album. What can I say other than DAMN. Funky as hell. When I’m not dancing like it’s my last day, I’m swaying from side to side with my arms extended like waving flags. I will 100% be going back, especially to play drums along with. The drums. Oh my god…

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Jimmy vibe

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Big fan of funkadelic. Solid bass grooves, easy to listen from front to back

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

The absolute Bible of funk. I think I've listened to this album 4 times this year before it came up in this list. I smack my fingertips like a chef. Mwah!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Yes yes yes. Funkadelics grown up album. Takes you on a sonic journey through time and space. O lay criticism is that they could've had one song where they just said funk.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

Possibly the best funk album of all time by the best funk band of all time. Blow you mind. Best Tracks: Maggot Brain; Can You Get To That; Hit It and Quit It

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Finest Of Funk

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Sat May 14 2022
5

fucking unreal album. i cannot believe i never had taken the time to listen to this what a dummy i am.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Wow - that is not what I expected. There's something primal in this one.

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Fri May 20 2022
5

The heaviest rock album P-Funk ever produced is loud, intense, and bursting with psychedelic funk. The first track, an incredibly moving guitar solo performed by Eddie Hazel, lulls the listener into an almost hypnotic state, before giving way to a series of explosive, soul-soaked rockers, culminating in a burning, fiery finale. Standout Tracks: Maggot Brain, Can You Get to That, You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks, Super Stupid

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Mon May 23 2022
5

This album is... many things... musically brilliant, adventurous, groovy, trippy, heart rending, occasionally profound, gleefully weird, and a blast to listen to. There isn't another album like it. Tonally, the album is kind of all over the place, but who cares? The songs are entertaining and riveting to listen to, front to back. The title song is obviously the showpiece of the entire album, worth the price of admission and 5 stars all on its own. It's a darkly beautiful odyssey, an absolute masterpiece. On the flip side, I have a soft spot for the the wackadoo weirdness of "Back in Our Minds" and "Wars of Armageddon," which are both musically clever and just plain fun. "Super Stupid" rocks surprisingly hard, putting a lot of rock bands to shame. That all these songs live together on one album and it somehow works is a marvel. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Maggot Brain; Back in Our Minds; Super Stupid; Can You Get to That; You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks; Hit It and Quit It; Wars of Armageddon

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

One of the best albums ever recorded, simple as that

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

Excellent album. Listened to it 3 times throughout the day.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

Fuck me the title track is stunning.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

very cool

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Buen descubrimiento de disquito: corto pero con un poco de todo, desde psicodelia y guitarras bien pasadas hasta una extraña balada funk. Me cause curiosidad buscar más de ellos y con eso basta para la 5ª.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Genius

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Increeible

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Listened to this on the RS500. This was my second listen of the record. It is awesome.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

fankastic

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Prefs: Maggot Brain, Can You Get To That, Hit It and Quit It, You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks, Super Stupid, Wars of Armageddon Moins pref: Back in Our Minds (still good)

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Really interesting. I had heard some of this previously, but never listened to the whole album. I can get with it.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Far outtt, mannnn. 🤩

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Discovered this album a few years ago based on an internet stranger's recommendation. It's admittedly the only Funkadelic album I've ever heard, so I have little context. The Hendrix-style solos, hypnotic beats, drug-fueled lyrics, and rythmic mantra-like verses all together give you this fun musical trip. Highly recommend listening to this with headphones or in front of a 2.0 setup (the left-right panning adds a another layer to the listening experience).

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

Ridiculously heavy.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

No explanation needed.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

5 on the back of the title track alone

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

This albums so much fun and goofy at times but in a charming way for sure. It feels like one big jam sesh and like half of this short ass album is just straight shredding it goes by way too quick

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Not as purely funky as their later releases, but it doesn’t matter. This is a raw, rip-roaring musical merry-go-round with jaw-dropping guitar work.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Like it! Surprised it was from the early ‘70s, still sounds relevant today.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Funkadelic for sure! First track was my fave, still loved the rest though!

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Great album 10/10

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

9/10

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Cool funky album

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Progressive. Wide range of awesome sounds.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

Where do you even start with this? Well start by putting on the incredible title track, then sit back and read up on the album. Or if you don't know the legend of George Clinton & P-Funk start there and go down a rabbit hole. This is an album where one member of the band took part in a 'acid speed eating contest' over 24 hours and never played again. Meanwhile, another band member was kicked out for drug use. If excessive drug use fair play, but I'm led to think it must have been for insufficient drug use This is a band I once saw live who came on stage 7 hours late with G Clinton wearing nothing but a massive nappy So enjoy the stories, sit back and continue listening to Maggot Brain. It's really very, very good isn't it ..

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Outstanding

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Obligatory 5 star on this one. A legendary album that blew my mind the first time I heard it. I still can't get over the title track, it's just incredible. I love how chaotic and psychedelic this ordeal is, even though there is a chunk of coherent songs in the middle. All in all, there were only two tracks on here I didn't love, and the rest were bangers of one kind or another. As much as I wish the whole thing were as psychotic as the opener or closer, it's still an amazing ride. Not sure what the P-Funk purists think of this one, but it's right up my alley. A true classic for me. Kinda shocked I don't have it on vinyl yet, might need to correct that. Favorite tracks: Maggot Brain, You and Your Folks, Super Stupid, Wars of Armageddon, Can You Get to That. Album art: Iconic as hell, and one of my favorites ever I'd say. Truly pretty terrifying, this woman's screaming head poking out of the dirt. Paired with the album title, it's the kind of project that lots of people would be scared to even touch. Seems cursed in the best way. Important to note that this cover was undoubtedly a huge influence on Childish Gambino's "Awaken, my love!" album cover. Donald Glover even mentioned the record in his "what's in my bag" video years before. 5/5

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

I mean….. it’s a 5. Duh.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Melted my little maggot brain.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

What a delight to listen to. I loved it. 5/5

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Funk Yea.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

funk, vario, parti rock pop e eletteoniche

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Very good guit solos

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Starts off heavy with one of the most intense and emotional guitar solos of all time, then reverses course, and goes on to lay down some of the catchiest funk jams known to man. A beautiful slab of manic-depression that I think would make Jimi proud. I'd argue that Parliament/Funkadelic is THE archetype of funk. By comparison James Brown is simply a genre of his own. Incomparable really in how he predated everyone by so far. I'd say he was proto-funk in the same way Iggy Pop was proto-punk. Only other major contender for the title is Sly Stone, and I love Sly, certainly another major pioneer, but he and his Family don't jam nearly as hard, nor were they as eccentric and flat out buck wild as George Clinton and his crew of fearless maniacs. And that's what I think it takes to be truly funky; that no holds barred eccentricity where you can really let that freak flag fly. Holding nothing back. Like straight up just overdub fart sounds into that last track. No fucks given. Definition of funk to me.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

"Maggot Brain" is the third studio album from Funkadelic and the last one with the original line-up. Pyschedelic funk. Funk Rock. R&B. Acid Rock. Progressive Soul. Yes, this is quite an incredible trip. And trip they did as George Clinton doesn't really recall making this album due to a certain something(s). Nonetheless, this is outstanding. Two guitar-heavy jams bookend this album with pyschedelic soul/R&B fusion nestled in between. Is the title the nickname of guitarist Eddie Hazel and/or the finding of George Clinton's brother's body in an apartment. Another myth/theme with the record includes an association with a satanist cult based on liner notes. Mysteries abound. George Clinton begins the song "Maggot Brain" with a spoken-word dialogue "the maggots in the mind of the universe" and then it goes into essentially a nine-minute guitar solo by Eddie Hazel. Fuzz. Wah-Wah. Guitar delay. It's dreamy, pyschedelic. Clinton famously told Hazel "to play like you were told your mother was dead" and boy did he. The second song "Can You Get to That" adds an acoustic guitar giving a folk/blues start and then kicks into soul. The "Hot Buttered Soul" singers from Issac Hayes anchor the song with some outstanding backing vocals. "I once had a life, or rather, life had me." A pyschedelic guitar-start to "Hit It and Quit It." A soul-drenched organ. An R&B rhythm section. Shake your booty!! Another mind-blowing guitar solo fades this song to an end. "Super Stupid" comes on like an Isaac Hayes song. Drums and pecussion give the groove. Pyschedelic organ and guitar. "Wars of Armageddon" ends things with nearly a ten-minute freak-out jam and guitar, drums, percussion, organ. Pyschedelic sounds including a baby crying, railroad guard noise, cows, owls, farts, thunder and other oddities end things appropriately. Some people may think that the first song is almost a separate album from the rest. I disagree especially with the ending song. I wouldn't change a thing. A highly original album. And a very high recommendation.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Amazing psych/prog/funk. I've heard people say you can find out a lot about someone and their music taste by who they prefer - Beatles or Stones, Lennon or McCartney. I think you can add another one, being Sly and the Family Stone or Funkadelic. I'm firmly in the Funkadelic corner. More out there and adventurous, and crucially alongside the epic guitar freak outs and social commentary there is also a self awareness and sense of humour.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

All hail Eddie Hazel.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Monstrous record. I just have to give it 5 stars. Perfect blend of psych, acid rock, funk, and soul. The guitar playing on this record rivals Hendrix. Play this, and play it loud!

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Ok, this wasn't what I was expecting... the first 10min is literally just a big, bluesy guitar solo. The only "funky" thing about it is the wah. Either way, fuckin cool for early 70s. Rest of the album is complete songs, I wouldn't really say funk so much as rock with a funk edge. Catchy and fun with spooky vibes in the keyboards/samples/FX. Kinda feels like Jimi Hendrix meets Santana with a bit of b-movie silliness thrown in. 4/5, probably in reality a 3 but it gets an extra point for being a fun surprise. This morning the site first recommended Transformer by Lou Reed, but shat itself when I tried to add my savage thoughts on that turd. Then it reloaded to this album.... weird bug. Fuck I hope I don't get that Lou Reed album tomorrow :(

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Tue Dec 29 2020
4

Pretty sick.

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Fri Oct 30 2020
4

Banger after banger. I had to deduct from the final score because of the copious fart drops in Wars of Armageddon. Best track: Super Stupid

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Fri Dec 04 2020
4

Clearly see this was a big inspiration for Gambino's 'Awaken My Love!'. Good album

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Tue Oct 20 2020
4

I listened to it back in high school, highlights You and Your Folks, Super Stupid

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Nice rock and funky time

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Wed Nov 11 2020
4

Unexpected rock guitar solos! This is good.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Pretty good actually. Very jazzy instrumentals.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Quite enjoyed it. Got a bit manic in parts, but good overall.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. Loved the ebb and flow between blasts of funk and long jam sessions.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Fav Song: Can You Get to That

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Never judge a book by its cover or an album by its title. Not something I would have picked up or even stumbled across if it hadn't been for the wonders of the Internet but a wonderful listen.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Very unique with great performances.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

I remember not liking this for some reason the first time I heard it but I was all about it this time around. Loved the big wailing guitar, especially all over Super Stupid and the title track. Also the weird little triangle-on-acid thing on Back in Our Mind is sick. Definitely better than what I've heard from Parliament so far but still a 4.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Första intryck: bara skumt. Lyssnat 5 min på första låten (av 10). Typ Jimmy Hendrix på mkt knark. Gillar att plonka på gitarren med skumma effekter. Men sen blir det bra mycket bättre! Blir genast mer melodiskt i låt 2. Klassisk 70tals funk, med najs sound och härligt svängiga riff. Inget jag skulle lyssna mycket på pga inte riktigt min stil, men det låter bra! Skumt att Maggot Brain låten är den by far mest lyssnade på? Trodde därför att det var lixom den bästa på albumet.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Not a fan of funk but was pleasantly surprised by songs 1 and 2

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

A couple of good funky jam bad songs

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Va de más a menos pero está bueno.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Good stuff.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Great album, my first listen and low key loved it.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Funky, Not entirely my taste. but some bangers.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Funkay very good for summer

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Pretty fun for me, you guys were right when you said more psych then funk, but that still works for me

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Could jam to it!!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Amazed that this is from 1971. Childish Gambino was clearly inspired by this album for ‘Awaken, My Love’ a few years ago. Gonna play this loud in my car quite often in future. Really loved the solo on the title track, the vocals in general, and the Hendrix-inspired guitar on ‘Super Stupid’. And the energy rules.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Todo un descubrimiento. Un disco que representa perfectamente la transición 60-70. Vienen cambios como decía Bob Dylan y en este disco quedan los evidenciados. Memorables los 10 minutos de guitarra de la primera canción, Maggot Brain, me recuerdan a Pink Floyd en sus primera epoca, con Sid Barret. Deslumbrante puesta en escena de Can you get To that.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

this group definitely lives up to its name. Was really getting into some of these beats

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Funky soul, black feels

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Ballsy move having 10 minute opener but a brilliant album made by total individuals.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

The first track is really good with awesome guitar parts. I was not sure, if I was listening to funk or rock?

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Wed May 26 2021
4

This was a surprise! bloody loved it- sounds like it was recorded yesterday rather than 50 years ago! Guess I haven't heard it before as Bjorno said they self destructed not long after putting this out. Seems to have influenced so much of the music I love. Prince, Primal Scream and Alabama 3 have borrowed a fair bit of this. A great record in in own right and will be getting plenty of future listens from me. 4/5

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Funky. A lot of songs about poo.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Yeah this is really good. I’ll definitely come back to it. 8+/10

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Muy buen álbum con sonidos y energía muy característica y con sonidos muy interesantes, Can you get to that mi favorita sin duda, el álbum empieza súper bien también con esa canción de 10 minutos y las voces en el álbum son súper buenas, muy divertido de escuchar y muy recomendado

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Great listen!

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

I enjoyed this - some nice riffs and rhythm in there. A little too weird at times. I could have done without the farts and the excessively long tracks. Rounding up to a 4.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

i always enjoy me some funk!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Really enjoyed this, will listen again! Hearing Hendrix, Andre 3000, Rick James, Marvin Gaye? (last track) and others!

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

All the songs sound very good but one or two of them are a bit odd but can still be good songs.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

I liked this one, it was funky and new

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

starts off strong - some of it is really out there (War of Armageddeon) or what sounds like filler (Whole lot of BS) and then an amazing soul song (I miss my baby)... i do like it though - great stuff. Bootsy is so cool.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Funky stuff.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

pretty sweet jams

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Ooooh yeah. I certainly like to funk all night and funk all day. They call me the funky monkey

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Sue Perb

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Strong 4, it is not something, which I will probably remember for long time, but some songs were especially great. Mainly Maggot brain.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

talking at the beginning then instrumental; a vibe. not as spooky as the title might lead one to believe.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Als Ganzes nicht mein Ding, aber der 1. Song, Wahnsinn! Daher 4!

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Rich and varied. This album puts funk, rock, soul and jazz genres in a blender, and turns them into a post-apocalyptic breakfast smoothie.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Had alot of fun with this one, some great riffs

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Less funky than I expected from the name, but some really nice classic rock and soul. Reminded me of Hair

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

This one is a new to me. I have heard of it in passing for sure, but never actually sat down to listen to it myself. Back in our minds absolutely made my brain go nuts. The ringing switching from ear to ear making my whole body tingle. Solid piece of art.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Funkay

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Pretty funky, not my thing but I can understand why people would enjoy it.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Funky and psych rocky. Opens with a crazy 10 minute long atmospheric, emotional guitar riff. Followed by much more upbeat funk

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Fri May 28 2021
4

kind of crazy instrumentals ngl

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

though not a funk fan, i enjoyed this!

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

3.5, for a band called Funkadelic, I didn't expect the opening song. The first half definitely stands out, but there was a lot to love about the experimental second half barring the closing flatulence

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Really diverse sound for just seven tracks (with two of them taking up almost a third of the runtime), and the one I don't really care for is the shortest. Key tracks: Maggot Brain, Super Stupid, Can You Get to That

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