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Kool & The Gang

Kool & The Gang: The Albums Vol. 1 (1970-1978) (13CD)

Kool & The Gang: The Albums Vol. 1 (1970-1978) (13CD)

Kool & The Gang

  1. Kool & The Gang
  2. Breeze & Soul
  3. Chocolate Buttermilk
  4. Sea Of Tranquility
  5. Give It Up
  6. Since I Lost My Baby
  7. Kools Back Again
  8. The Gangs Back Again
  9. Raw Hamburger
  1. Medley: What Would The World Be Like Without Music / Let The Music Take Your Mind
  2. Walk On By
  3. Chocolate Buttermilk
  4. Trying To Make A Fool Of Me
  5. Who's Gonna Take The Weight Part 1 & 2
  6. Pneumonia
  7. Wichita Lineman
  8. I Want To Take You Higher
  9. Funky Man
  10. The Touch Of You
  1. N.T.
  2. Ricksonata
  3. Sombrero Sam
  4. Ronnie's Groove
  5. Ike's Mood/You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
  6. Lucky For Me
  7. Dujii
  1. Music Is The Message
  2. Electric Frog (Part 1)
  3. Electric Frog (Part 2)
  4. Soul Vibrations
  5. Love The Life You Live (Part 1) } segued as per the original LP
  6. Love The Life You Live (Part 2)
  7. Stop, Look & Listen
  8. Blowing With The Wind
  9. Funky Granny
  1. Good Times
  2. Country Junky
  3. Wild Is Love
  4. North, East, South, West
  5. Making Merry Music
  6. I Remember John W. Coltrane
  7. Rated X
  8. Father, Father
  1. Funky Stuff
  2. More Funky Stuff
  3. Jungle Boogie
  4. Heaven At Once
  5. Hollywood Swinging
  6. This Is You, This Is Me
  7. Life Is What You Make It
  8. Wild And Peaceful
  1. Street Corner Symphony
  2. Fruitman
  3. Rhyme Tyme People
  4. Light Of Worlds
  5. Whiting H. & G.
  6. You Don't Have To Change
  7. Higher Plane
  8. Summer Madness
  9. Here After
  1. Spirit Of The Boogie
  2. Ride The Rhythm
  3. Jungle Jazz
  4. Sunshine And Love
  5. Ancestral Ceremony
  6. Mother Earth
  7. Winter Sadness
  8. Caribbean Festival
  1. Love & Understanding
  2. Sugar
  3. Do It Right Now
  4. Cosmic Energy
  5. Hollywood Swinging [live]
  6. Summer Madness [live]
  7. Universal Sound [live]
  8. Come Together [live]
  1. Open Sesame
  2. Gift Of Love
  3. Little Children
  4. All Night Long
  5. Whisper Softly
  6. Super Band
  7. L-O-V-E
  8. Sunshine
  1. A Place In Space
  2. Slick Superchick
  3. Just Be True
  4. The Force
  5. Mighty Mighty High
  6. Oasis
  7. Life's A Song
  8. Free
  1. Everybody's Dancin'
  2. Dancin' Shoes
  3. Big Chief Funkum
  4. I Like Music
  5. You Deserve A Break Today
  6. At The Party
  7. Stay Awhile
  8. It's All You Need
  9. Peace To The Universe
  1. Raw Hamburger
  2. Let The Music Take Your Mind
  3. Can't Stop (Doing It To You)
  4. Kool It (Here Comes The Fuzz)
  5. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
  6. Who's Gonna Take the Weight (Part One)
  7. Pneumonia
  8. The Penguin
  9. Higher Plane
  10. Spirit Of The Boogie
  11. Caribbean Festival
  12. Caribbean Festival (Disco Version)
  13. Get Down With The Boogie
  14. Open Sesame (Groove With The Genie)
  15. Love & Understanding (Come Together)
  16. Super Band
  17. Slick Superchick
  18. Everybody's Dancin'

About this release

With a cannon of more than 20 albums, Kool & The Gang are one of the most sampled Bands in music history.

From their roots in the mid-late ‘60s, the Band has explored many musical styles from jazz and soul, funk and rock, R&B/Pop, with Gene Redd at the helm for their first handful of albums.

Formed by Ronald “Khalis” Bell, Robert “Kool” Bell, George Brown, Claydes “Charles” Smith, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas,  Robert “Spike” Mickens and Ricky Westfield”, Kool & The Gang signed to De-Lite Records in 1969, releasing their eponymous debut album, “Kool And The Gang” worldwide the following year, having reached the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart with the title track.

In 1973, Kool & The Gang reached the Billboard Top 30 for the first time with ‘Funky Stuff’, which was swiftly followed by ‘Jungle Boogie’ and ‘Hollywood Swinging’, which both reached the US Top 10. These are two of their most instantly recognisable earlier recordings, due to them being sampled and featured in present day TV commercials.

More hits followed, including 1975’s ‘Summer Madness’, again instantly recognisable from DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s (aka Will Smith) global hit ‘Summertime’ in 1991. However, it was the inclusion of their 1976 track ‘Open Sesame’ on the 50 million selling units “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, that they really gained worldwide commercial popularity and recognition.

“The Albums 1 1970-1978” is the first of two box sets that cover the Band’s first 20 years. The set contains 119 tracks across 13 CDs, from the Band’s twelve studio and live albums, released worldwide from 1970’s debut “Kool & The Gang” and 1978’s “Everybody’s Dancin’”, as well as a bonus “Singles Selection” disc, containing singles edits and non-LP tracks.

Kool & The Gang’s musical legacy remains in full force with their brand of melodic jazz, funk soul and pop. And all this as the pre-cursor to what became the Band’s platinum period but more to follow.  Watch this space…..



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