Funkadelic ‎– Maggot Brain

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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.

Versions (57)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WB 2007, WB-2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Uni) Westbound Records, Westbound Records WB 2007, WB-2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
8098-2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(8-Trk, Album) Westbound Records 8098-2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
W8-218 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(8-Trk, Album, Blu) Westbound Records W8-218 US 1971 Sell This Version
WB 2007, WB2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(Cass, Album) Westbound Records, Westbound Records WB 2007, WB2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
6310 201 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album) Janus Records 6310 201 UK 1971 Sell This Version
WB 2007, WB-2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album) Westbound Records, Westbound Records WB 2007, WB-2007 Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
17.002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album) Westbound Records 17.002 Argentina 1971 Sell This Version
WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Gat) Janus Records WB 2007 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
9098-2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Gat) Westbound Records 9098-2007 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
WB-2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Gat) Westbound Records WB-2007 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Gat) Westbound Records WB 2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
BLPS 19060 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Gat) Bellaphon BLPS 19060 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
WB-2007, WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Mis) Westbound Records, Westbound Records WB-2007, WB 2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
WB-2007, WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Pit) Westbound Records, Westbound Records WB-2007, WB 2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Promo) Westbound Records WB 2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Promo) Westbound Records WB 2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
WB 2007, WB-2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Promo, Uni) Westbound Records, Westbound Records WB 2007, WB-2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
WB-2007, WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, San) Westbound Records, Westbound Records WB-2007, WB 2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
WB 2007, WB-2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Ter) Westbound Records, Westbound Records WB 2007, WB-2007 US 1971 Sell This Version
SEW 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Uni) Westbound Records SEW 002 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
6310 200 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Janus Records 6310 200 UK 1971 Sell This Version
9198-2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Gat) Westbound Records 9198-2007 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
W-218 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Westbound Records W-218 US 1975 Sell This Version
W-218 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE) Westbound Records W-218 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
W-218 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE) Westbound Records W-218 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
WBCD 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records WBCD 2007 US 1989 Sell This Version
CDSEW 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records CDSEW 002 UK 1989 Sell This Version
WBCD 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records WBCD 2007 US 1989 Sell This Version
CDSEW 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records CDSEW 002 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
SEW 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Westbound Records SEW 002 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
SEW 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE) Westbound Records SEW 002 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CDSEW 002, CDSEWM 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records, Westbound Records CDSEW 002, CDSEWM 002 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CDSEW 002, CDSEWM 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records, Westbound Records CDSEW 002, CDSEWM 002 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CDSEW 002, CDSEWM 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records, Westbound Records CDSEW 002, CDSEWM 002 UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Funkadelic) none Russia 2002 Sell This Version
WBCD 772007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE, RM) Westbound Records WBCD 772007 US 2005 Sell This Version
PCD-17058, CDSEWM 202 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE, RM, Jew) P-Vine Records, Westbound Records PCD-17058, CDSEWM 202 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
WBCD 772007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Westbound Records (2) WBCD 772007 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
CDSEWM 202 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RM) Westbound Records CDSEWM 202 UK 2005 Sell This Version
CDSEWM 202 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RM) Westbound Records CDSEWM 202 UK 2005 Sell This Version
SEW 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE) Westbound Records SEW 002 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
CDHP 030 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE, Car) Westbound Records CDHP 030 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
4M161 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE, 180) 4 Men With Beards 4M161 US 2008 Sell This Version
PCD-17437 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, Pap) P-Vine Records PCD-17437 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
4M 161 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora) 4 Men With Beards 4M 161 US 2013 Sell This Version
HIQLP 020 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Westbound Records HIQLP 020 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
4M161 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cho) 4 Men With Beards 4M161 US 2016 Sell This Version
4M161 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pur) 4 Men With Beards 4M161 US 2016 Sell This Version
4M161 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) 4 Men With Beards 4M161 US 2017 Sell This Version
WBCD 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records WBCD 2007 US Unknown Sell This Version
WBCD 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records WBCD 2007 US Unknown Sell This Version
CDSEWM 002, CDSEW 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE) Westbound Records, Westbound Records CDSEWM 002, CDSEW 002 UK Unknown Sell This Version
WB2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(Cass, Album) Westbound Records WB2007 US Unknown Sell This Version
WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, Gat) Westbound Records WB 2007 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
WB 2007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE) Westbound Records WB 2007 US Unknown Sell This Version
SEW 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE) Westbound Records SEW 002 France Unknown Sell This Version
SEWA 002 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Southbound, Westbound Records SEWA 002 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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MOS2000

MOS2000

January 1, 2019
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M161

I think the reactions/reviews here are not entirely correct.
No problem, you can dislike the label. Be it for the stupid hipster name, or the general output of some classics which all have this "made cheap, quick and dirty" appeal. But to judge the sound of this release in a negative way is not honest.

I do not know the "original" release, as it is far to expensive thanks to the still ongoing vinyl hype.
By investigating the various YT-Versions - I came across mainly two mixes.
One sounds very narrow, with a nearly monaural soundstage - could be that many people are used to listen to this version. The guitar in this version sounds quite different - more upfront and noteable more "nasty", but with a significant different articulation compared to the seemingly more "popular version".

This 2nd mix is the same version that was used on the 4MWB release - seems many dubbed it the "2005 remaster" as it appears.
It has a lot more wide/open soundstage, positioning the guitar in the opening track mostly a little to the right.
Letdowns with this version are some rather "jumpy" stereo effects - you can hear them throughout the release. It is like somebody played with the panning a little too much, which seems odd here and there.
The video with the most views (> 8 Mil.) presents this more "stereo like" version - and people love it. No one complains about it being the "wrong master". I did not read all of the comments of course.

Some voices here said that the master for the 4MWB release was "brickwalled" to push the "louder is always better" effect.
My recording of the vinyl does -not- reflect this in any way. Peak-dynamic readings are normal, not maximized in a noteable way. No cut off peaks or a straight top line wich indicates that all the volumes are maxed out. All YT-versions of this mix sound very alike.

A CD-rip was maybe used, but quite surely played back via some analog outputs. The spectrum absolutely shows no signs of extremely sharp filter cuts - especially not the type that any mp3-file would produce. Plus - the recording engineer knew what he was doing to get this standard resolution master to the inital plate. Overall the release does not have the often "thin" sound of simple CD-2-analog-rips. There is very little going on over 16-17 KHz, but this is way enough to make your ears ring - except you consider yourself a bat of course.
Noise floor is a littlebit raised - so there is a chance that the (digital) standard resolution master was first transferred to a tape - then this tape was used as the master for the cut.
But that's just wild guessing of course - spectrum definitely shows no signs of some heavily compressed audio used for the cut.
There are no distortion effects, skips or a totally unlistenable b-side on my (!) copy...and this was played back and recorded with some high quality equipment 4 sure.

So my final conclusion: Sound is good - transfer is okay - technical production/pressing must be awful.
*drumroll* Rainbo pressing! Dirty as usual. Mine looks like somebody jerked on it, "hazy" areas that will not disappear even after washing in a record cleaning machine (2 times ;) ). Lots of speckle, some scratchy groove effects. At last it is not off-centered. Someone get them a guy in quality control who knows what it means to output consistent quality pressings.

But "general sound issues" - nope. Only if the drawback of some quite audible surface noise is to heavy for you...
If you can find this cheap - get it and try not to concentrate on the clicks and pops. If you're a designated "audiophile", than this is not your cup of tea.
It gets a 5 for the music without any question - 2 for the pressing/production quality. That sums up to a "normal, useful release" overall.
Chances are that there are even worse pressed copies in existence - with Rainbo you always will have lots of fun. ;)
After de-clicking & denoising my recording sounds very fine - took a hell lot of time - but it is okay since cleaning up awful pressings is something like a hobby to me. :D
As always jm2c of course.
pp_

pp_

October 31, 2018
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M161

One of the worst vinyl reissues I've heard. Definitely digitally sourced, possibly from 2005 remaster. Mixing and mastering is really awful. Album is brickwalled beyond belief. There's also lots of clipping and even some digital skips/glitches happening. I really don't have any positive things to say about this pressing.
shetzo

shetzo

October 3, 2018
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, RE, Gat, HIQLP 020
As macko77 said, definitely not a disaster, sounds digital, but probably better than the 4 Men With Beards pressings. =/
drd77

drd77

August 28, 2018
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pur, 4M161

I find this pressing to be better than most are saying about it. There is some surface noise associated with it and it is slightly warped, but it's nothing to right home about. The sound quality is quite good. People are saying that it is digitally sourced, but it does not sound like it to me. Has anyone confirmed this?
flipsavior

flipsavior

July 6, 2018
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, RE, SEW 002
Why are people selling new crappy 4 men with beards pressings as this one? Check before you buy!
callanoj

callanoj

May 22, 2018
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, RE, SEW 002
Is the cover on this version Gatefold or Unipak? No info listed.

dylaf

dylaf

May 21, 2018
edited 8 months ago
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, Pit, WB-2007, WB 2007

This Columbia Pitman variation sounds fantastic, cut clean, full & loud. I tried listening to a re-issue some years back & finally coughed up for a clean OG. Boy, was it worth it...
andrewsorbello

andrewsorbello

March 12, 2018
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, RE, SEW 002
Does anyone know if this uses the same stampers as the 1990 reissue?
If so,
Is it just that the pressing quality is bad on this reissue?
Does anyone own a copy of this that doesn't sound bad and would like to clear things up.
leonthepro

leonthepro

March 10, 2018
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, RE, Gat, SEW 002
Comment on soundquality anyone? As long as its not 4MWB it should be good I hope.
Vinylelement

Vinylelement

February 27, 2018
edited 11 months ago
referencing Maggot Brain, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M161
One of the worst pressings I have ever heard in my life, of anything, period! I often have people sound testing equipment and I'll be able to use it as an example of just how bad some modern pressings are. Completely unlistenable through a high end audiophile system. A - side is awful mastering but just listenable if you are used to MP3's. B side is a masterpiece of appalling mastering, the sort that leaves George Peckham turning in his grave. 4 Men with Beards should have recalled or stopped the press going ahead. I'm £15 lighter but the company have lost a customer and anyone else who I make contact with, the trust is lost. Yes it is THAT bad.