1/ Sax Machine (Collins,Parker,Byrd) 6.01 2/ Let 'Em Out (BC,Parker,Byrd,JBrown,RT) 10.39 3/ Tell the World (Collins,Parker,Stewart) 3.16 4/ Let 'Em Out (First Cut) (BC,Parker,Byrd,JBrown,RT) 8.58 5/ Sax Machine (Bonus Saxed Version) (Collins,Parker,Byrd) 4.52 Recorded at BC Studio and Platinum Island Engineered by Robert Musso, Oz Fritz and Martin Bisi Produced and directed by Bill Laswell and Bootsy Collins Mastered by Howie Weinberg at MasterdiscMaceo Parker: alto sax, organ, vocals; Fred Wesley: trombone; Bobby Byrd: vocals; Bootsy Collins: guitar, bass, synthesizers, drum programs, vocals; Joel "Razor Sharp" Johnson: synthesizer, vocals; Jeff Bova: synthesizer; Bernie Worrell (1,5): synclavier; Nicky Skopelitis: fairlight; Sly Stone (3): piano, organ, synthesizer; Chong Spradley (3): synthesizer; Timothy "T-Bone" David (1,5): percussion; Carolyn Stanford: background vocals; Arnenita Walker: background vocals; Cynthia Girty (3): background vocals.
1990 - 4th & B'Way/Island (USA), 444 027-1 (Vinyl) 1990 - 4th & B'Way/Polystar (Japan), PSCD-1074 (CD) 1990 - 4th & B'Way/BMG Ariola (Germany), 261 193 (CD) 1990 - 4th & B'Way/Island (USA), 444 027-2 (CD)Note: Bill Laswell does not play on this album.
The album was significant as a comeback for a number of people: Bootsy, Maceo, Sly, Bobby Byrd, etc. It's a rousing and varied funk grab-bag that makes you want more. It was done at the same time (and with much the same personnel) as Bootsy's Jungle Bass EP, and predated Maceo's hugely successful jazz album Roots Revisited by a few months. Both "Saxmachine" and "Tell The World" ended up on the Funkcronomicon album, making this one less of a necessity, but "Let 'Em Out" can only be found here as a studio tune.
4 stars out of 5
RC (courtesy of the Motherpage website)