Bootsy Collins / Bootsy's Rubber Band

Live in Oklahoma 1976

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By 1976, bassist Bootsy Collins' career was flying high, as he was both a member of Parliament (who had made the jump to headlining arenas), as well as fronting his own group, Bootsy's Rubber Band. The same year, Collins was pulling double duty on the concert stage, as his band was opening for Parliament, and he was supplying bass for both. The 2004 archival release Live in Oklahoma 1976 shows why many consider Collins to be one of (if not the) top funk bassists of all time, as his infectious bass playing and personality singlehandedly get the party started. Tracks such as "Psychoticbumpschool" show that Collins also helped shape P-Funk's more dance-friendly approach in the '70s (the song would sound perfectly in place on one of P-Funk's albums from the era), while the set-closing "Stretchin' Out (In a Rubber Band)" adds some horns into the mix. Live in Oklahoma 1976 is definitely one of the better '70s-era live funk albums to be released thus far.

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