"Booty? Player of the Year" was released as the third album from Bootsy's Rubber band. Headed by Bootsy Collins (who worked as part of James Brown's JBs before joining Parliament-Funkadelic and getting his own shine as a part of an offshoot act). It dropped early in 1978 and although it didn't carry the big hits that his first two albums did, this one still had a lot to offer as the Soul and Funk band (with contributions from Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and Gary Cooper amongst others on the instruments).
Bootsy gets things all hyped as he takes us right in with a cut designed to get people all excited and dancing from the start. I can't imagine any fan of Funk having any issues with what he drops here and hits filled with lots of fly grooves that no one other than himself and George Clinton could have come up with. There's interesting use of the horn section to make this one sound quite new and fresh whilst he plays on old things with the overall structure.
2. "May The Force Be With You"
We're taken right off a lengthy seven minuter and are taken right into a track which is just a minute shorter. Here he changes things up quite a bit as he slows things right down and goes for a Soul track where it appears that the lyrics are much more important than what they were on the first track. It's an impressive slow-mover and one which has a hypnotic feel about to keep you engaged throughout its duration.
3. "Very Yes"
At eight and a half minutes, this is the longest of all the tunes found on this album. I thought that the listeners were taken to a place where they'd love to be in as we find that this is another slow-moving track, but carries with it all the sort of funky instrumentals that tend to be found on all the danceable cuts. This Funky Soul style is done incredibly well by them and seemingly can't be matched by any others.
What's found here is one of the big singles from Bootsy (as Bootzilla) and I thought that it was great that we were made to go straight into that after running from the momentum created by a range of other equally-strong tunes from him. As is the case with many tunes like this, it's not about the lyrics and is more about finding a funky set which they can riff and roll through the whole thing and then Bootsy can just say all his catchphrases over the top.
5. "Hollywood Squares"
We're taken right into another of the top singles from the record here and I thought that it was well-placed here. This is a thumping Funk track and so gets the listeners two-stepping along to what the (Rubber) band lay down here. It gets you grooving in a big way and shows just how strong this genre of music was at its peak of success (around about this time before it became more commercialised as the band (Parliament-Funkadelic) fell apart.
The bass-driven power tracks which force you to get Lockin' away to the music just doesn't stop coming as here the act throw down another bumper of a jam and one that no one would be able to resist dancing to. The Funk on this one is just far too intense and adds to what's found here as another example of creative new ways to manipulate a pretty much perfect song structure which the P-Funk camp had made up amongst themselves.
7. "As In"
The album ends with this track and finds that we're taken right into another slow one. This tune calms things all the way down and ensures that Bootsy is able to show a different side not only to himself, but his music too and how it doesn't always have to be comedic and bright. Here he sounds to be taking inspiration from Quiet Storm and does a nice job at creating a gentle love song to end this album.
Although I can see why the slower tunes may not be for all, I thought that as a complete body of work, this was another great one from Bootsy and wouldn't be right if it didn't have so many twists in it. All the dance Funk jams are just too much and as long as they're in the state that they need to be in, it means that it's never going to go wrong.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bootsy (Whats The Name)...
2 As In (I Love You)
3 Roto Rooter
4 Very Yes
6 May The Force Be With You
7 Hollywood Squares