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From George Clinton's own mouth, I was told Eddie Hazel dropped that traumatic solo on "Maggot Brain" in one take after George told mama's boy Eddie to imagine he'd been told his mother was dead and then found out it wasn't true. Now that's what we call record producing! Bob Rock, take note — instead of spending one year in therapy with your uninspired band, just say some shit that will send them into therapy and run the tape.
The title track is your brain on LSD buried alive in a coffin and resurrected on the third day. There's a handful of guitar players who stand up to comparison to long-form Coltrane and Dolphy, not to mention Stravinsky and James Brown. There may in fact only be three fingers on that hand, and their names are Hendrix, Hazel and Pete Cosey (see Miles Davis 'Agharta if you haven't already been-there-done-that).
Most great rock guitar solos last only a few bars longer than the average male orgasm. As Hendrix had tapped into the big O's infinite feminine side on "Machine Gun," so Hazel did likewise on "Maggot," and left us with a symphony's worth of memorable acid-torched… read more »