Funkadelic ‎– Maggot Brain

4 Men With Beards ‎– 4M161
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram, Gatefold

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Maggot Brain
Written-By – E. Hazel*, G. Clinton*
A2 Can You Get To That
Written-By – E. Harris*, G. Clinton*
A3 Hit It And Quit It
Written-By – B. Nelson*, G. Shila*, G. Clinton*
A4 You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks
Written-By – B. Worrell*, G. Clinton*, J. Jones*
B1 Super Stupid
Written-By – B. Nelson*, E. Hazel*, G. Clinton*, L. Ross*
B2 Back In Our Minds
Written-By – C. Haskins*
B3 Wars Of Armageddon
Written-By – B. Worrell*, G. Clinton*, L. Ross*, R. Fulwood*

Companies, etc.



Gatefold sleeve.

All Songs Published By Bridgeport Music, Inc. BMI

©2008 Runt LLC ℗1971 Westbound Records
Produced under license from Westbound Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (side A): 4M161-A S-65844RE-1
  • Matrix / Runout (side B): 4M161-B S-65845RE-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 646315116113

Other Versions (5 of 58) View All

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
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
6310 201 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(LP, Album) Janus Records 6310 201 UK 1971 Sell This Version
WBCD 772007 Funkadelic Maggot Brain(CD, Album, RE, RM) Westbound Records WBCD 772007 US 2005 Sell This Version


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March 12, 2019

On my system sounds rather good to very good, I get really nice staging, imaging for a reissue. I don't have complaints, other than the tape hiss coming thru. But to eliminate that would mean de-hiss/de-sss software which usually removes musical content. For a recording from 1971, I am very happy with this reissue.
Again, on my system comes thru really well........I have heard much much worse, so I don't get the hate for this release. Title track is excellent as is Hit It and Quit It.


January 1, 2019

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.


October 31, 2018

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.


February 27, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
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.


August 17, 2017
Ok, so I came here to see if this pressing really does sound like gargled ass juice or if it was just my copy, and according to everyone else this pressing sucks ass. WTF? This record has some of the worst sound mixing I've ever heard. Do. Not. Buy. This. Pressing!


April 29, 2017
4 men with beards put forward a product as awful as their record label name.


December 25, 2016

4 Men with Beards work magic when it comes to F&$#ing up releases, just like an artist works magic with oils or clay to create a magnificent piece of art... it is their true medium.


June 30, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Foreskin with Beers is an incredible drag. So is Rainblow. As a team they manage to booger-up almost any release. And to cap it all off you gotta watch their sad-arsed logo go round-and-round on all their disks; as though it were something to be proud of.


March 12, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
Hard to imagine making Eddie Hazel sound tinny but 4Mw/B pulled it off. Where these guys get the balls to make bad re-issues of genius escapes me.
I recommend you only purchase this version of Maggot Brain as a place-holder for an original copy. Fuçk 4 Men With Beards.


December 11, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

Bad quality, not funky ! Do not buy this reissue unless your hears are full of s**t !
This is a shame for this magical album to edit such bad reissue !
Pass on this one and wait for a better reissue, or better, buy the original ;)