The funk—and nothing but the funk—was the musical anthem of the late '70s.

The funk—and nothing but the funk—was the musical anthem of the late '70s. And right there in the thick of things thumpin' his trusty bass was William "Bootsy" Collins. A major link in the funk evolution, Collins played for James Brown and then docked with George Clinton's Funkadelic/Parliament mothership before stretching his way to a solo top 20 single with 1976's "Stretchin' Out (In a Rubber Band)." That hit, as well as the seminal "The Pinocchio Theory" and "Bootzilla," are among the groove-pumpin', horn-throbbin' tracks on this two-CD compilation. Irreverent titles ("Munchies for Your Love," "Hollywood Squares," "F-Encounter") and stage characters (Casper, the holy ghost) aside, this collection showcases a serious, influential musician dedicated to his artistry—and to pushing the musical envelope, as he did on the still-vibrant, orgiastic funk ballad "I'd Rather Be With You." Wrapping with 1982's "Body Slam!," the anthology is housed in a cartoon-colorful package complete with a pop-up image of the Star Child himself. It also comes with a warning label: "The Surgeon General has determined that listening to this album may cause high butt pleasures." Enough said.—GM