We check out one of the godfathers of funk solo masterpiece: Eddie Hazel’s Game Dames & Guitar Thangs.
The guitar lynchpin of George Clinton’s P-Funk axis, Brooklyn-born Hazel became a post-Hendrix guitar superhero in the early 1970s.
Drugs and other problems beset him for years, but Clinton and Hazel still managed to produce this 1977 solo masterpiece, with its grand tributes to the 1960s in the form of blistering covers of The Mamas & The Papas California Dreamin and The Beatles I Want You.
Though Hazel died of liver complications in 1992, everyone should make time for this minor miracle in sound.
A finely textured analogue recording that favours the bass of Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell’s psychedelic keyboards, yet the laurels go to Hazel, whose Hendrixy guitar dominates throughout.