Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band

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Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 30th, 1976
StudioUnited Sound Systems, Detroit, Michigan
GenreFunk, soul
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerBootsy Collins
George Clinton
Bootsy's Rubber Band chronology
Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band
Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!

Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band is the first album by American funk and soul band Bootsy's Rubber Band, an offshoot act of Parliament-Funkadelic led by bassist and vocalist William "Bootsy" Collins. It was released on January 30, 1976, on Warner Bros. Records.

Recording and release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]

The album was recorded around the same time as Parliament's Mothership Connection and Funkadelic's Let's Take It To The Stage at United Sound Systems in Detroit, Michigan. The album was produced by Collins and George Clinton. Collins co-wrote all of the album's seven songs (two with Clinton, one with vocalist Leslyn Bailey and four with Clinton and other band members) and did the arrangements (horn arrangements in collaboration with Fred Wesley).[3]

Since its original release, Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band has been reissued and remastered several times. In 2007, the album was licensed through Rhino Records and reissued through the Collectors Choice Music service.


"I'd Rather Be with You" has been sampled several times on notable tracks.

Track listing[edit]

1."Stretchin' Out (In a Rubber Band)"William Collins, George Clinton6:52
2."Psychoticbumpschool"William Collins, George Clinton, Bernard Worrell, Phelps Collins5:20
3."Another Point of View"William Collins, George Clinton, Phelps Collins7:02
4."I'd Rather Be with You"William Collins, George Clinton, Gary Cooper5:03
5."Love Vibes"William Collins, Leslyn Bailey4:51
6."Physical Love"William Collins, George Clinton, Gary Cooper, Garry Shider4:49
7."Vanish in Our Sleep"William Collins, George Clinton5:46
Total length:39:51


Certain personnel are credited under nicknames on the album sleeve. The full names are given below.


Year Album Chart positions[5]
1976 Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band 59 10


Year Single Chart positions[6]
1976 "I'd Rather Be With You" 25
"Stretchin' Out (In A Rubber Band)" 18
1977 "Psychoticbumpschool" 69


  1. ^
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Garmon, Ron (2007). Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band (booklet). Bootsy's Rubber Band. Collectors Choice Music. pp. 1–4. CCM-845.
  4. ^ "Bootsy Collins Shares His Multi-Layered Definition of Funk, Remembers the 'Magic' of Bernie Worrell".
  5. ^ "Bootsy's Rubber Band US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-07-13.
  6. ^ "Bootsy's Rubber Band US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-07-13.

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