|Studio album by|
|Released||July 12, 1971|
|Recorded||late 1970-early 1971|
|Studio||Universal Studios, Detroit|
|Genre||Funk rock, psychedelic funk|
Maggot Brain is the third 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.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||10/10|
|Tiny Mix Tapes|||
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 Blender, 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. 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".
In 2003, 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.Pitchfork named it the 17th best album of the 1970s. The record was also listed in the music reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
|1.||"Maggot Brain"||Edward Hazel, George Clinton||10:21|
|2.||"Can You Get to That" (released as a single-Westbound 185)||George Clinton, Ernest Harris||2:50|
|3.||"Hit It and Quit It" (released as a single-Westbound 198)||George Clinton, William Nelson||3:50|
|4.||"You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks" (released as a single-Westbound 175)||George Clinton, Clarence Haskins, William Nelson, Bernard Worrell, Judie Jones (mistakenly credit)||3:36|
|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|
|2005 CD reissue bonus tracks|
|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|
Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.
Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album