is the third Maggot Brain studio album by the American funk band Funkadelic. It was recorded at United Sound Systems in Detroit during late 1970 and early 1971, before being released in July 1971 by  Westbound Records. Shortly after Maggot Brain was recorded, Tawl Ross, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson, and Tiki Fulwood left the band for various reasons.
Critical reception [ edit ]
In a contemporary review for
, Rolling Stone Vince Aletti deemed Maggot Brain a collection of competently performed but uninteresting and lyrically-thin funk songs, bookended by an exceptional title track and the "mindless" closer "Wars of Armageddon". He was particularly critical of the record's second side, panning it as "dead-end stuff".  Robert Christgau was more enthusiastic in a retrospective review for , calling the last track "Funkadelic's most incendiary freak-out ever" and the culmination of shorter songs on the album that were "heavy with bass, keyboard and class consciousness". "And for once, all three bonus tracks are plusses", he wrote regarding its CD reissue. Blender Music historian  Bob Gulla hailed it as an "iconoclastic funk-rock" record, featuring the best guitar playing of Eddie Hazel's career. According to  The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History (2006), Maggot Brain and Funkadelic's previous two albums "created a whole new kind of psychedelic rock with a dance groove".
Rolling Stone ranked Maggot Brain number 486 on the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, with the 2012 revision raising its rank to number 479.  named it the 17th best album of the 1970s. Pitchfork The record was also listed in the music reference book  . 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Track listing [ edit ]
5. "Super Stupid" Edward Hazel, Lucious Ross, William Nelson, George Clinton 4:01 6. "Back in Our Minds" Clarence Haskins 2:38 7. "Wars of Armageddon" Ramon Fulwood, Lucious Ross, George Clinton, Bernard Worrell 9:42
8. "Whole Lot of BS" George Clinton, Bernard Worrell 2:11 9. "I Miss My Baby" (United Soul with Funkadelic, from the CD ) U.S. Music with Funkadelic Clarence Haskins 5:02 10. "Maggot Brain" (alternate mix, recorded in 1971) Edward Hazel, George Clinton 9:35
Personnel [ edit ]
Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.
Funkadelic [ edit ]
George Clinton, Raymond Davis, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas, Garry Shider, Hot Buttered Soul ( Pat Lewis, Diane Lewis and Rose Williams) – vocals
Eddie Hazel – guitar, vocals
Tawl Ross – guitar, vocals
Bernie Worrell – keyboards, vocals
Billy Nelson – bass guitar, vocals Tiki Fulwood – drums
Production [ edit ]
Produced by George Clinton Executive producer –
Armen Boladian Bernie Mendelson in charge of The Eegangas
photography by Joel Brodsky Inside cover photography by Ron Scribner
Artwork design – The Graffiteria/Paula Bisacca
Art direction – David Krieger
Album supervision – Bob Scerbo
Album co-ordination – Dorothy Schwartz
Model on album cover- Barbara Cheeseborough
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
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Christgau, Robert (1981). "Funkadelic: . Maggot Brain" Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306804093 . Retrieved . July 17, 2016
Larkin, Colin (2011). "Funkadelic". (5th ed.). Encyclopedia of Popular Music Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857125958.
Gabriel, Lawrence (1996). "Funkadelic". In Graff, Gary. . Detroit: MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide Visible Ink Press. ISBN 0787610372.
Coleman, Mark (1992). "Funkadelic". In DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly. (3rd ed.). The Rolling Stone Album Guide Random House. p. 268. ISBN 0-679-73729-4.
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Gulla, Bob (2008). Icons of R&B and Soul. Icons of R&B and Soul: An Encyclopedia of the Artists who Revolutionized Rhythm. 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 446. ISBN 0313340463.
Smith, Chris (2006). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: From Arenas to the Underground, 1974-1980. Greenwood Press. p. 9. ISBN 0-313-32937-0.
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Dean Rudland (2005). Maggot Brain (album liner notes). Westbound Records Inc.
External links [ edit ]