BOOTSY COLLINS : Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band LP

BOOTSY COLLINS : Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band LP

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 As early as this initial offering, Collins’ output served up one side of upbeat numbers perfect for getting jiggy. Then the mood of the music begins to turn incrementally more intimate, so that by the conclusion of the second side, if circumstances warranted, you could end up with an appropriately sexy ballad as a sonic night cap of sorts. That certainly is the case on Stretchin’ Out as the title track is thrust forward “on the one” by Collins’ pulsating bass. Listeners are also introduced to the various inhabitants of the Rubber Band, such as Bootsy’s “Casper” character — who alternates between being the “holy” and the “funky” ghost. The concept of P-Funk babies [read: think Muppet Babies concept applied to the world of the P-Funk mob] comes to life on the bouncy “Psychoticbumpschool” before getting mellow with Leslyn Bailey (vocals) lending her voice to the down and funky “Love Vibes” and the slinky soulful “Physical Love.” Hardcore Funkadelic fans should ready themselves for some stunningly tasteful fretwork from an uncredited Eddie Hazel on the languid closer “Vanish in Our Sleep” and “Physical Love.”