Bootsy Collins – Ultra Wave (1980)

Bootsy Collins – Ultra Wave
1980 Warner Bros. Records BSK 3433

Since the end of summer I have been toiling away in a pretty consistent cloud of funk.  Not the kind for which William Collins is famous either, but of the variety that leaves a person questioning their life choices while coughing through a miasma of regrets.  To be honest, not even music has brought much pleasure to me lately, nor has putting time I don’t really have into this blog which has stubbornly persisted long past any relevance.   I mean who really needs to hear what I do or don’t have to say about any given music when you no doubt have an algorithm tethered to your digital aura which can recommend you some music with more granular accuracy than one lone, mediocre mortal.

None of this has stopped me from continuing to buy records, in fact – like many people, it seems — I’ve bought more records during this pandemic than I actually have time to listen to, because there has been fuck all else to do.

At the beginning of this month we lost Ronnie Wilson of The Gap Band, but Boosty Collins also turned 80 years old.  So it all evens out, I guess?   This is an under-appreciated Bootsy Collins effort starting of a new decade for the king of space bass.  I had only ever had digital copies of it for some reason until recently stumbling on a pristine vinyl copy in my new favorite record haunt.   I think Side 2 has some of the most out-there stuff Bootsy has ever done. The first side is also pretty great with the possible exception of the tune ‘Is That My Song?’.  As to be expected, the album features a host of the expanded P-Funk family including brother Catfish Collins as well as The Brides of Funkenstein and Parlet on backing vocals.

A1 – Mug Push (03:49)
A2 – F – Encounter (07:35)
A3 – Is That My Song? (03:42)
A4 – It’s A Musical (04:47)
B1 – Fat Cat (07:03)
B2 – Sacred Flower (06:48)
B3 – Sound Crack (07:06)

Total length: 40:50



More information:

Published By – Mash-A-Mug Music
Published By – Rubber Band Music, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles
Mastered At – Allen Zentz Mastering


Arranged By – Casper? Who*
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement By] – Bootsy*, Fred Wesley
Bass [Bass Things] – Casper? Who*
Bass [Space Bass] – Ystoob? Who*
Design, Illustration – R. Bangham*
Drums – Bootsy? Who*, Jerry Jones (2) (tracks: A2)
Guitar – Bootsy Collins, Casper? Who*, Catfish Collins, Rick Evans (7) (tracks: A2)
Horns [Horny Horns] – Fred Wesley, Larry Hatcher, Maceo Parker, Richard Griffith
Keyboards – David Lee Chong, Joel Johnson (tracks: A2 to B3), Mark Johnson (tracks: A2)
Percussion – Carl “Butch” Small (tracks: A2 to B3), Casper? Who*
Photography By, Art Direction – Diem M. Jones*
Producer – Bootsy Collins, George Clinton
Vocals – Brandy*, The Brides*, Casper? Who*, Godmoma, Parlet, Robert P-Nut Johnson*

This version is the Los Angeles pressing plant variation and can be identified by LW on the runout, and by the pressing ring.

Released with b/w printed inner sleeve with pictures and credits.


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  1. dont trip my homie
    ur blog is still relevant to me
    i kno the internet sometimes feels like a void
    but we r here and listening
    i trust u much more than any algorithm

  2. Agreed! I’ve followed your blog for like ten years or so and you made me discover great music, to listen by myself, whith my girlfriend, to party to… I usually don’t comment cause I don’t really know what to say. Anyway, I’m thankful for all your great work and I hope you’ll feel better, blog or no blog.

  3. hey mr vibes. I never posted something before, but have been enjoying your tunes and descriptions for quite some time now. You’re one fresh horizon widening selector. Love what you come up with, way better and way less predictable than what any algorithm can offer. Thank you for all the hours of musicjoy you’ve brought upon me and a lot of other folks. Keep it up mate, love from Rotterdam

  4. If I didn’t have to work so much to raise two brats I’d gladly spend my days here (and other secret music haunts, admittedly, wink, wink) DLing, commenting, listening, expanding my consciousness, wink, wink again) and so on . . . Why does life always gets in the way? Massive thanks for everything. This place is a treasure trove of knowledge.

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