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Maggot Brain

60s 70s Soul Funk remastered version with three bonus tracks jimi hendrix's untimely death in september of 1970 left a gaping hole in the funkrock genre with 1971's 'maggot brain' funkadelic showed that they were rightful heirs to hendrix's throne this is the album where all at once everything seems to come together for the legendary band most obviously the songwriting is sharper and more focused as on their previous releases epic instrumental compositions dominate but this time they are much more coherent and less reliant on studio trickery and psychedelic effects with the exception of the album's closer the instrumental freakout 'wars of armageddon' the stunning title track provides the ultimate vehicle for funkadelic's late and great guitarist eddie hazel this moving tenminute instrumental has hazel playing through many peaks and valleys wringing passion from his sixstring and leaving the listener drained by its conclusion another highlight is 'you and your folks me and my folks' a song about interracial relationships that is one of funkadelic's most soulful tracks ever also included are the heavy metal thrasher 'super stupid' the prime funk workout 'hit it and quit it' featuring the great bernie worrell on organ and 'can you get to that' one of the sunniest most memorable funkgospelsoul songs in the band's or anyone's catalogue 'maggot brain' is unquestionably one of rock and funk's alltime classics

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