Bootsy Collins

World Wide Funk

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - Kris needs

Bootzilla stomps again.

Maybe it’s ad­vanced age in­se­cu­rity or a mod­ern-day trend, but there was a time when Bootsy Collins, the star-shaded space-bas­sist who rev­o­lu­tionised funk with James Brown, Ge­orge Clin­ton’s Par­lia­ment-Funkadelic and his own Rub­ber Band, felt no need to over­crowd al­bums with big­name rap­pers, singers and musos af­firm­ing his great­ness over widescreen pro­duc­tions (al­though Iggy’s in­tro­duc­tion is per­fect). His al­ways larger-than-

life per­sona might have swollen into a hu­man theme park, but Bootsy should rest as­sured that his un­earthly bass chops, car­toon vo­cal wob­ble and la­tent in­ner funk are still in scorch­ing fet­tle on his first al­bum in six years, which strad­dles trade­mark styles in­clud­ing syn­the­sised Flash­light funk (Bass-Rigged-Sys­tem), stomp­ing P-riffage (Snow­bunny) and swoon­some bed­room bal­lads (Hi-On-Heels).

Bootsy shines bright­est when the Big Daddy Kanes pipe down and he gets to con­sider mor­tal­ity on the poignant Heaven Yes, pay trib­ute to fallen P-Funk com­rade Bernie Wor­rell on A Salute To Bernie, or stretch out on the un­cut funk he does best, bol­stered by gui­tarist Eric Gales and vet­eran Funkadelic drum­mer Dennis Cham­bers on Come Back Bootsy. Thank­fully he’s not go­ing any­where (but where’s Ge­orge?).

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