Funkadelic ~ free your mind and your ass will follow ~ 1970
lead guitar: Eddie Hazel
rhythm guitar: Tawl Ross
keyboards: Bernie Worrell
drums: Tiki Fulwood
bass: Billy Nelson
lead vocals: George Clinton, Ray Davis
From Funkadelic’s 1971 release of the same name.
According to legend, during the recording session band leader George Clinton told guitarist Eddie Hazel to imagine he had been told his mother was dead, but then learned that it was not true. The result was the 10-minute guitar solo for which Hazel is most fondly remembered by many music critics and fans. Though several other musicians began the track playing, Clinton soon realized how powerful Hazel’s solo was and faded them out so that the focus would be on Hazel’s guitar. Critics have described the solo as, “an emotional apocalypse of sound.”
The track was recorded in one take.