on 19 June 2004
I must totally disagree with the previous reviewer. Bootsy's work with George Clinton is all well and good but his solo work is uniformly excellent. I first heard the funk by an impulse purchase of the brilliant 'Ultrawave' album years ago. This CD contains all of Bootsy's Warner Records hits. Included are the rare House Guest track 'What So Never The Dance', the 'Mug Push' Bside 'Scenery' and a great live version of 'Psychoticbumpschool'! All this and a very detailed booklet containing the then up-to-date Bootsy story by Alan Leeds and Bootsy himself together with some great photo's.
An excellent introduction for beginers and a great collection for fans. Essential!
on 27 February 2014
A good collection of Bootsy's output for the unitiated, but as his early (and best) albums are still widely available, go get them instead (check the 5 album boxset for the best Bootsy albums).
If this was a set that gave you many rare unreleased tracks,non album b-sides and remixes this may have received another star but all you get is the 12'' only track Body Slam (one of two reasons I bought this collection), Scenery (the b-side to Mug Push), What so Never The Dance (a rare gem from House Guest, an old band Bootsy performed with and the second reason I bought this), a live track that while funky as ever, doesn't seem to fit on a collection of studio tracks.
I was really hoping for the mega rare 7'' versions of Shine-O-Myte and Takes A Lickin' from The One Giveth LP (no tracks from that LP appear on this even though it's still a Warner release). These two tracks differ greatly from the album versions being that the 7'' Shine-O-Myte is a funky instrumental version and Takes A Lickin' now has lyrics where it's an instrumental on the LP and neither mix have never appeared on any cd release of any Bootsy collection. The inclusion of these two tracks would have brought the stars to 5.
This album is a great starting point for beginners but if you are a Bootsy (or P-Funk) fan, you'll have all the albums anyway (and if anyone out there has recordings of the Shine-O-Myte and Take's A Lickin' 7''s, give us a shout, I'd love to hear them)
...it's the best of Bootsy baby !!!
There isn't a lot more to say and the 1 star reviewer that wanders off about sampling, hip hop, blah, blah sadly shows his ignorance of Bootsy and P-Funks place in the history of Black Music.