I used to claim a hatred of guitar solos. Dislike was probably more accurate, but who doesn’t like to overstate their opinions when they’re teenage. Anyway, I certainly wasn’t a fan, finding them an opportunity for guitarists to show off their technical abilities rather than a way to create beautiful or interesting music. Two particular individuals changed my mind. One was Neil Young, the other Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic. I’m sure there are other guitarists who are technically more impressive, but these two impart such emotion, such meaning into their solos, that they changed my views.
In particular, Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain is now one of my favourite records, despite being little more than a ten minute solo. No other guitarist has inspired such empathy in me as Hazel does on this track, made me feel what they feel in this way. It’s such a cliche to describe a record as a journey, but that is really how Maggot Brain feels. One of those rare records where you feel a different person after hearing it.
The first 483 tracks of the day can only be found on my Tumblr. Everything since can be found here. There’s also a Spotify playlist of every single track of the day (or those available on Spotify at least) below: