Ultra Wave

Ultra Wave

by Bootsy Collins
     
 

While certainly not among his greatest efforts, Bootsy Collins' Ultra Wave (1980) is still infinitely better than most of the disco dregs being squeezed from the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire or Kool & the Gang. Although Collins (bass/vocals) had not formally split up the Rubber Band -- as theSee more details below

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While certainly not among his greatest efforts, Bootsy Collins' Ultra Wave (1980) is still infinitely better than most of the disco dregs being squeezed from the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire or Kool & the Gang. Although Collins (bass/vocals) had not formally split up the Rubber Band -- as the lineup was a continual fluctuation of talent from the seemingly bottomless reservoir of P-Funk alumni -- he takes sole (and quite possibly soul) credit on his fifth long-player in under four years. The title is an homage to the Detroit-based studios where Bootsy collaborated with core Rubber Band contributors Phelps "Catfish" Collins (guitar), Robert "P-Nut" Johnson (vocals), and the superbad dynamic horny horns of Fred Wesley (trombone) and Maceo Parker (sax). Not missing from these -- or any other Bootsy affairs for that matter -- is the unapologetic party atmosphere Collins' infuses within every pulsation of his full-bodied and self-proclaimed "Space Bass." The catchy and sexually tweaked opener "Mug Push" quickly became a dancefloor favorite and garnered a short but significant run on the R&B charts. The overuse of synthesizers becomes increasingly evident, particularly when they practically bury "F-Encounter"'s otherwise stylish groove. The end result sounds like a cross between the Parliament hit "Flashlight" and George Clinton's "Atomic Dog." The shuffling "Is That My Song?" is an arguably lightweight entry. But to its credit, Collins, influenced by Sly & the Family Stone and especially funk-bass originator Larry Graham, gives it a respectable degree of listenability. "It's a Musical" drives hard with brassy and sassy horn arrangements that have the feel of something Quincy Jones might have charted for Michael Jackson circa Off the Wall (1979). The slinky and rubbery backbeat on "Fat Cat" hearkens to the loose booty of former Bootsy's Rubber Band tracks with Johnson's falsetto likened to the shrill warbling often utilized on Prince's seminal sides. The obligatory ballad "Sacred Flowers" also bears trademarks of the Bootsy of old. While that in and of itself is great, it is likewise symptomatic of Ultra Wave's inherent deficiencies. The pseudo-novelty closer "Sound Crack" would probably have more going for it had Collins ditched the dated opening dialogue. Once it gets up to full steam, it roars with an intensity fuelled by the same bounce behind such P-Funk staples as "Up for the Downstroke." The 2007 CD reissue by Collectors' Choice Music has significantly improved sound compared to expensive import editions that can run upwards of a dollar per minute.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742084726
catalogNumber:
8472

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bootsy Collins   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Drums
Maceo Parker   Horn
Casper   Guitar,Percussion
Brides   Vocals
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Guitar
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Horn
Larry Hatcher   Horn
Joel Johnson   Keyboards
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion
Fred Wesley   Horn
Brandy   Vocals
David Lee Chong   Keyboards
Parlet   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Boyer   Engineer
Casper   Arranger
Bootsy Collins   Producer,Artwork,Horn Arrangements,Concept,Audio Production
Mark Calice   Engineer
George Clinton   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Fisher   Mastering
Greg Reilly   Engineer
Jim Vitti   Engineer
Greg Ward   Engineer
Fred Wesley   Horn Arrangements
Dave Baker   Engineer
Allen Zentz   Mastering
Kevin Tong   Producer,Reissue Producer
Fred Munch   Engineer
Richard Bangham   Artwork
Diem Jones   Art Direction
Pat Kraus   Engineer,Remixing

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