Eddie Hazel: Game, Dame, and Guitar Thangs 12” (Warner Bros)
Game, Dame, and Guitar Thangs is the sole solo album from Parliament / Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel. I’m always up for a good acid-soaked guitar freakout, and that’s why I came to this album (and Hazel’s other key work, Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain). This record delivers on that front—the covers of the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” and the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” both travel deeeeeeep into inner space—but this is more than a psych record. It occurred to me that the hazy, stoned vibe of this record was a big part of the 90s g-funk sound. I was 13 years old when The Chronic hit in 1992, and even a kid like me with a minimal interest in rap had a copy. Hearing that sound makes me think of long summer vacations when the heat seemed to stretch time into an endless, un-fillable ocean. I’m currently in the middle of a chilly January week with too much on my plate, so this masterpiece from Eddie Hazel provides the perfect antidote.