Bootsy Collins

Tha Funk Capital of the World

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Thinking big, Bootsy Collins’ 2011 effort is a conceptual trip, a funky history lesson brought to life by the P-Funk veteran, his rock-solid band, and a slew of guest stars, ranging from rapper Ice Cube to professor Cornel West. In between, there’s funk-rock shredding from freaky and frequent collaborator Buckethead, some psychedelic storytelling by way of an old Jimi Hendrix interview, plus better-than-expected prose from both Rev. Al Sharpton (on the cultural magnificence of James Brown) and Samuel L. Jackson (on how the funk era was a Renaissance for the hood). Underneath it all, the P-Funk jams pop and stroll with that same old swagger, while Bootsy himself beams down his wild bits of Mothership wisdom, including “It’s recess time, so put a smile on your mind” (“Don't Take My Funk”) and “If you wanna lead the orchestra, you’re gonna have to turn your back to the crowd” (“Siento Bombo”). The album is a bit too fat to be considered classic, but there’s a casual charm to this free-flowing, reminiscence party which could have just as easily been an elaborate mess. A tribute to the late P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider and an appearance from Bootsy’s older brother Catfish Collins -- who died before the album saw release -- add poignancy to this rich and funky success.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:46 Amazon
2 4:10
3 5:10
4 4:30
5 4:04 Amazon
6 4:53
7 4:13
8 3:54
9 5:24
10 4:06
11 6:37
12 4:02
13 3:57 Amazon
14 3:29
15 5:10 Amazon
16 6:57
17 7:02 Amazon
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