Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Can it get any better? If aliens came down needing to know what funk was all about, in all its talented, embrace-anything-and-everything, screw with your head and get your butt down glory, then this is a prime candidate for what to give them. The man, his voice, his bass, the backing of a prime core band including his guitarist brother Catfish, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker leading the brass -- beautiful, hilarious, and just plain great. This one-disc collection could easily be a two-disc or more if one wanted to include every last highlight from Collins' up-down-all-around career -- his work with James Brown alone is beyond the bomb -- but when it comes to solo work, this ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Can it get any better? If aliens came down needing to know what funk was all about, in all its talented, embrace-anything-and-everything, screw with your head and get your butt down glory, then this is a prime candidate for what to give them. The man, his voice, his bass, the backing of a prime core band including his guitarist brother Catfish, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker leading the brass -- beautiful, hilarious, and just plain great. This one-disc collection could easily be a two-disc or more if one wanted to include every last highlight from Collins' up-down-all-around career -- his work with James Brown alone is beyond the bomb -- but when it comes to solo work, this is as perfect a place to start as any. Drawing mostly on the albums done with the active help of George Clinton in the late '70s, Back in the Day is a model for what a good compilation should be. Sound is excellent throughout, while full details on who plays what and where, along with where everything came from in the first place, all appear in exhaustive detail. The liner notes, meanwhile, come from longtime funk road manager Brown, Prince, plenty of others Alan Leeds, explaining every step of Collins' wonderful story. Collins himself gets in a great concluding bit of thanks and message that's a joy to read, and needless to say the photos of him in his sunglassed late-'70s star-bass-guitar glory abound. And the music? "Bootzilla," "Stretchin' Out In a Rubber Band," and "Pinocchio Theory" are just three jam masterpieces of many. A couple of fine rarities flesh things out; "What So Never the Dance," recorded in 1971 when Collins' band was still known as the House Guests, is a great slice of greasy, JB-tinged funk. "Body Slam!" shows him getting to grips with electro nicely, while "Scenery," originally a B-side ballad, has him doing his loveman-goes-nuts deal at the end. A fierce 1976-era live take on "Psychoticbumpschool," with the Horny Horns in full blow, wraps up this fantastic collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/1994
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992658126
  • Catalog Number: 26581
  • Sales rank: 27,704

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bootsy Collins Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bootsy Collins Composer, Producer, Composer
George Clinton Composer, Producer
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greates Funk On Earth (and Elsewhere, flying aboard the P-Funk mothership)

    If you don't own this CD, you really are fakin' the funk--uh, your nose liable to grow, baby, as Bootsy would say. ''I'd Rather Be With You is one of the nas-tay-est love grooves ever written; ''Ahh..The Name is Bootsy, Baby'' sets the stage for Bootsy to get down; ''Stretchin' Out'' is funnily eerie, with Bootsy movin' in as Casper--'not the friendly ghost...but the holy ghost...Dig!' The best track, by far, though, is the previously unreleased live version of ''Psychoticbumpschool,'' which is quite possibly the greatest live funk I have ever heard. Groove on forever with this mug!

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