Ultra Wave

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Ultra Wave
Studio album by Bootsy Collins
Released November 12th, 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Funk
Length 41:13
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bootsy Collins, George Clinton
Bootsy Collins chronology
This Boot Is Made for Fonk-N
Ultra Wave
The One Giveth, the Count Taketh Away
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record Guide B+[2]

Ultra Wave is the fifth album released by funk musician Bootsy Collins. It was released on November 12th, 1980 by Warner Bros. Records. It is the first album credited solely to Bootsy Collins, as opposed to his previous releases, which were credited to Bootsy's Rubber Band. Like Collins' previous album, This Boot is Made for Fonk-N, Ultra Wave showcases a more experimental and progressive approach.

Ultra Wave was produced by George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, except for three songs that were produced only by Collins ("Is That My Song?", "Fat Cat", and "Sound Crack"). It was recorded at the same time as the album Sweat Band by Sweat Band, a Bootsy Collins-led project that had issued one album for CBS/Uncle Jam Records.

In 2007, "Ultra Wave" was licensed through Rhino Records and reissued through the Collectors Choice music service.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mug Push" (Phelps Collins, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton)
  2. "F-Encounter" (Bootsy Collins, Rick Evans, Ron Ford, George Clinton)
  3. "Is That My Song?" (Bootsy Collins, David Spradley)
  4. "It's a Musical" (Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Carl Small)
  5. "Fat Cat" (Phelps Collins, Bootsy Collins)
  6. "Sacred Flower" (Bootsy Collins, George Clinton)
  7. "Sound Crack" (Bootsy Collins)


  • Bootsy Collins - vocals, guitar, bass, drums, percussion
  • Phelps Collins, Rick Evans - guitar
  • Joel Johnson, David Lee Chong, Mark Johnson - keyboards
  • Jerry Jones - drums
  • Carl Small - percussion
  • Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Richard Griffith, Larry Hatcher - horns
  • David McMurray - lyricon solo on "Sacred Flower"
  • Godmoma, Brandy, Parlet, Brides of Funkenstein, Robert Johnson - vocals


  • "Mug Push/Scenery" (Warner Bros. WBS 49599)
  • "F-Encounter/Instrumental w/Rap" (Warner Bros. WBS 49661)
  • "Is That My Song?" (Warner Bros. WBS 49708)

The single version of "F-Encounter" features a solo rap by Collins that was not included on the album and has never been released on CD.

The B Side of "Mug Push" contained a non-LP track entitled "Scenery" that was released on the CD compilation Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy.