7 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Next to George Clinton himself, Eddie Hazel may be the man most responsible for the unearthly brilliance of early Funkadelic. Not only did Hazel’s mercurial, Hendrix-inspired guitar work elevate songs like “Maggot Brain” and “I Bet You” to a level of previously undreamed-of lysergic transcendence; his much-neglected gifts as a songwriter let him serve as a powerful creative foil to bandleader Clinton. By the time Hazel recorded his lone solo album, Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs, he no longer occupied a central role in the P-Funk empire and increasingly devoted time to session work and his escalating drug habit. Nonetheless, Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs proves to be a remarkably impressive document not only of Hazel’s formidable instrumental powers but of the strangely compelling atmosphere of decadence and claustrophobia that characterized P-Funk at its mid-‘70s peak. Not all of the selections here impress, but Hazel catches fire frequently enough to make this album a reliably engaging listen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Next to George Clinton himself, Eddie Hazel may be the man most responsible for the unearthly brilliance of early Funkadelic. Not only did Hazel’s mercurial, Hendrix-inspired guitar work elevate songs like “Maggot Brain” and “I Bet You” to a level of previously undreamed-of lysergic transcendence; his much-neglected gifts as a songwriter let him serve as a powerful creative foil to bandleader Clinton. By the time Hazel recorded his lone solo album, Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs, he no longer occupied a central role in the P-Funk empire and increasingly devoted time to session work and his escalating drug habit. Nonetheless, Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs proves to be a remarkably impressive document not only of Hazel’s formidable instrumental powers but of the strangely compelling atmosphere of decadence and claustrophobia that characterized P-Funk at its mid-‘70s peak. Not all of the selections here impress, but Hazel catches fire frequently enough to make this album a reliably engaging listen.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

FarSide24 ,

If Jimi was Funk

This is an amazing album filled with sounds that can be heard in a little band named the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Amazing guitar work alone. California Dreaming is classic Hazel style. If you want to hear and underrated master listen to this entire album and be blown away.

MURRDOG ,

Underrated Indeed!

First of all, this album was as good (if not better! )than expected.I`m not sure if E.H. is as underrated as his is unknown.What a shame.This album should be in every guitar player`s cd collection.That being said, the mix was awful.Sometimes the guitar solos were almost inaudible,sometimes the keyboards were too loud,sometimes the drums faded out,.. ect. If anyone else downloaded this album please comment so I can know if I`m not alone about the mix.

StevenVaughn ,

$5.99???

I cannot believe how much I paid for this back in the day, a mint Promo copy of Game, Dames will set you back some serious scratch. This is a NO BRAINER PURCHASE> UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!!!! Why wasn't iTunes around when I was 16??

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