KOOL & THE GANG

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Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & The Gang has performed continuously for the past 35 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and tough, jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.

In 1964 Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined Jersey City neighborhood friends Robert “Spike” Mickens, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. At first calling themselves the Jazziacs, they went through various names – The New Dimensions,
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KOOL & THE GANG Discography

KOOL & THE GANG albums / top albums

KOOL & THE GANG Kool & The Gang album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Kool & The Gang
Funk 1970
KOOL & THE GANG Good Times album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Good Times
Funk 1972
KOOL & THE GANG Music Is the Message album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music Is the Message
Funk 1972
KOOL & THE GANG Wild and Peaceful album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Wild and Peaceful
Funk 1973
KOOL & THE GANG Light of Worlds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Light of Worlds
Funk 1974
KOOL & THE GANG Spirit of the Boogie album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Spirit of the Boogie
Funk 1975
KOOL & THE GANG Love & Understanding album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love & Understanding
Funk 1976
KOOL & THE GANG Open Sesame album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Open Sesame
Funk 1976
KOOL & THE GANG The Force album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Force
Funk 1977
KOOL & THE GANG Everybody's Dancin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Everybody's Dancin'
Funk 1978
KOOL & THE GANG Ladies' Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ladies' Night
Funk 1979
KOOL & THE GANG Celebrate! album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Celebrate!
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1980
KOOL & THE GANG Something Special album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Something Special
Funk 1981
KOOL & THE GANG As One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
As One
Funk 1982
KOOL & THE GANG In the Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Heart
Funk 1983
KOOL & THE GANG Emergency album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Emergency
Funk 1984
KOOL & THE GANG Forever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Forever
Funk 1986
KOOL & THE GANG Sweat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sweat
Funk 1989
KOOL & THE GANG Unite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unite
Funk 1992
KOOL & THE GANG State of Affairs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
State of Affairs
Funk 1995
KOOL & THE GANG Kool For The Holidays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kool For The Holidays
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 2013

KOOL & THE GANG EPs & splits

KOOL & THE GANG live albums

KOOL & THE GANG Live at the Sex Machine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Sex Machine
Funk 1971
KOOL & THE GANG Live at P.J.'s album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at P.J.'s
Funk 1971
KOOL & THE GANG Kool & The Gang album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kool & The Gang
Funk 1998
KOOL & THE GANG Ladies Night - Greatest Hits Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ladies Night - Greatest Hits Live
Funk 1998
KOOL & THE GANG Kool & the Gang/Bar-Kays - Back2Back album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kool & the Gang/Bar-Kays - Back2Back
Funk 2004

KOOL & THE GANG demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

KOOL & THE GANG re-issues & compilations

KOOL & THE GANG The Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of
Funk 1971
KOOL & THE GANG Kool Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kool Jazz
Funk 1973
KOOL & THE GANG Kool & the Gang's Greatest Hits album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Kool & the Gang's Greatest Hits
Funk 1975
KOOL & THE GANG Spin Their Top Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spin Their Top Hits
Funk 1978
KOOL & THE GANG At Their Best album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Their Best
Funk 1983
KOOL & THE GANG Everything's Kool & the Gang (Greatest Hits & More) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Everything's Kool & the Gang (Greatest Hits & More)
Funk 1988
KOOL & THE GANG The Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Singles Collection
Funk 1988
KOOL & THE GANG The Dance Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dance Collection
Funk 1990
KOOL & THE GANG Kool Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kool Love
Funk 1990
KOOL & THE GANG Anthology - 20 Greatest Tracks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology - 20 Greatest Tracks
Funk 1991
KOOL & THE GANG Steppin' Out: The Very Best of Kool & The Gang album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steppin' Out: The Very Best of Kool & The Gang
Funk 1992
KOOL & THE GANG The Best of Kool & The Gang (1969-1976) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Kool & The Gang (1969-1976)
Funk 1993
KOOL & THE GANG Celebration: The Best of Kool & The Gang (1979-1987) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Celebration: The Best of Kool & The Gang (1979-1987)
Funk 1994
KOOL & THE GANG Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
Funk 1996
KOOL & THE GANG The Very Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of
Funk 1997
KOOL & THE GANG Funk Essentials: The 12 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funk Essentials: The 12" Collection and More
Funk 1999
KOOL & THE GANG Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection
Funk 2000
KOOL & THE GANG Get Down on It: The Very Best of Kool & The Gang album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Get Down on It: The Very Best of Kool & The Gang
Funk 2000
KOOL & THE GANG 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kool & The Gang album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kool & The Gang
Funk 2000
KOOL & THE GANG Kool Funk Essentials 1970-1977 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kool Funk Essentials 1970-1977
Funk 2001
KOOL & THE GANG Too Hot Live album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Too Hot Live
Funk 2002
KOOL & THE GANG The Funk Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Funk Collection
Funk 2002
KOOL & THE GANG Gangthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gangthology
Funk 2003
KOOL & THE GANG Celebration album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Celebration
Funk 2004
KOOL & THE GANG The Hits: Reloaded album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hits: Reloaded
Funk 2004
KOOL & THE GANG Gold album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gold
Funk 2005
KOOL & THE GANG All-Time Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All-Time Greatest Hits
Funk 2006
KOOL & THE GANG Still Kool album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Still Kool
Funk 2007
KOOL & THE GANG Collected album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collected
Funk 2018

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KOOL & THE GANG Reviews

KOOL & THE GANG Celebrate!

Album · 1980 · Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk
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js
Kool and the Gang started out as one of the more innovative funk bands on the scene, often mixing jazz and space rock sounds with hard syncopated rhythms that were ahead of their time. By the time the late 70s rolled around they had dropped all that and were going after the big bucks by churning out crowd pleasing pop. They really connected when their hit single “Celebration” hit the airwaves in 1980. Possibly one of the catchiest riffs of all time, topped with a hard to miss sing along party anthem, this song will be pure gold for the writers and their heirs for years to come. If you are thinking the rest of this album, “Celebrate”, is pure fluff hastily thrown together to support their hopeful hit single, you are pretty much correct. Unfortunately none of the other songs on here have near the hooks of their big smash hit, and the songs lyrics become almost laughable in their attempt to keep the same positive vibe going with one clumsy line after another. One odd exception is the tune “Brown vs. Brown” in which the writer tells a no-nonsense tale of receiving his divorce papers, not sure how that one got on here, maybe later he realized this was a cause for ‘celebration‘.

Recommended for vinyl DJs who work the suburban wedding gigs and corporate holiday parties, you know damn well someone is going to want to hear “Celebration”, and if you can’t find the 45, this LP works great because they put the song at the first of side one because they knew no one would ever play the other songs. One last thing, whats up with that album cover, ...I mean really.

KOOL & THE GANG Spirit of the Boogie

Album · 1975 · Funk
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Sean Trane
Fifth (maybe sixth) album from the Kool Gang, and now we are getting rather close to the sound that brought them to larger attention and therefore to wider chart success. Indeed, we can definitely classify Spirit Of The Boogie as a disco-funk album. Coming with an awesome gatefold graffiti artwork, this is their last really worthy album, IMHO.

Quite a bit of those funk tracks have veered kind of binary rhythmically-speaking, which was a commercial opening to reach out for the crossover dancing crowds who they thought couldn’t handle their more complex patterns of previous. Indeed, the opening title track and the following Ride The Rhythm are clear invitations to the poor-moving types to get down and boogie dance, shake them bootys as if they “had the moves”. Still, there are some extremely gifted killer-funk tracks, like the almost Jazz, where flutes, sax, slapped bass and congas all melt your brains or yet still the ultra bass-heavy Ancestral Ceremony, but they also can’t help but dispelling cheesy soulish-rock ballads like Cosmic Energy

Only three tracks on the flipside, but they’re definitely longer and more involved, and right from the start, the instrumentally-impressive Mother Earth can only please complex music lovers, even if the cheesy chorus-vocals somewhat dampen the impact. The calmer and cooler almost-instrumental Winter Sadness can’t help but plunging into semi cosmic-ey cheesiness, despite some rather pleasant instrumentations. The closing 7-mins+ Caribbean Festival is definitely a Latin-sounding mainly-instrumental showcase, where the group engages one last bravado piece and jams in your eardrums as much sparkles as they can, but maybe they overdo it a tad by overstaying their welcome by two minutes or so and ending in mock-Latin spoken outro.

Certainly another excellent K&tG album, but one clearly announcing their disco era to come, as evidently audible with the first two tracks of the album. The CD reissue comes with a shorter disco-version of the Caribbean Festival closing track, but it’s definitely expandable (not to say useless or even best-avoided). Anyway, SotB is nearing the end of very interesting K&tG string of albums, and from here on, the unstoppable disco slide is also unavoidable, because it was just that time’s trend.

KOOL & THE GANG Good Times

Album · 1972 · Funk
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Sean Trane
Almost three years after the release of their debut album, K&tG comes back with their sophomore effort (I think), a definitive step in the direction that most of us are familiar with, a funk (later disco) band, but there are still many traces of their debut albums left in Good Times. Indeed you’ll find some traces of soul, light-jazz, and some fusion spread here and there between the funky pieces. Released in the late 72, on their usual Dee-Lite label, but freed from the Gene Redd production stranglehold, the group is becoming aware of its own self and turns gradually to what it does best: funk. They’ve also added an essential dimension t their music… they’re not afraid to unleash vocally.

And indeed, right from the opening title track, we discover a wild and gifted funk that will shake your booty to shreds. Despite its suspicious name Country Junky, we’re faced with a fun funk piece laced with a few country hints (well almost hillbilly), that shows that they can indeed make a wink to the crossover crowd. But the soul-jazz easy-listening stuff, like Wild Is Love, is not yet history (it will never completely disappear) with the string arrangements and soft luscious vocals, the whole avoiding being cheesy by one hair. Another superb instrumental funky-jazz NEWS is an early highlight of the album with some spine-tingling Rhodes leading the dance.

More funk-rock ala jumpy Merry Music and the instrumental string-luscious Rated X (Was Papa Really Rolling A Stone?), which is constantly evolving and even an ARP synth: great stuff. A bit more surprisingly is a soft soul-jazz ballad that’s an homage to John Coltrane, which is rather easy-listening enough, at least until it suddenly and abruptly speeds up, and Bayyan’s sax pays tribute dutifully over Rhodes and bossa rhythms, then reverting to the opening ambiance. Unfortunately the album closes on the album-longest Father track, where the first minute or so is taken up by one of those tacky monologue intros. Not like the rest of the track is much better, anyway as we’re hearing some kitschy soul-jazz overloaded by string arrangements and uninspired vocals. Not an inspired way to close another-wise strong album.

While Good times is vast improvement over their debut album of almost three years before, it’s only a stepping stone to the upcoming Wild And Peaceful album of the following year, but GT is certainly laying down the blueprint for its successor. Not essential, but representative of their early stuff.

KOOL & THE GANG Wild and Peaceful

Album · 1973 · Funk
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Sean Trane
Third album from this combo, W&P is definitely much more representative of K&tG’s musical realm, before the disco craze would deviate them from their course. Indeed, the present album is one of the more representative funk album of the 70’s (there are a quite a few killer-funk tracks on this collection), and unlike their debut album, the vocals are quite present and the mood is demented and de-complexed. Gone are the gentle almost 60’s soul-ish songs (well one exception with the atrociously cheesy, but cocky Heaven At Once), and incomes the funky beats, these guys were not ashamed of making their self-promotion as studs of the music scene.

While Funky Stuff and More FS are typical early 70’s funk, you can already feel that with Jungle Boogie and Hollywood Swinging, the future disco-ish style (like Chic, for ex) with more binary dancing beats. The brass section is much less present than previously and used mainly as such, but once it’s there it gives the band even more sharpness and power, like in the 100 MPH This Is You. Excellent guitar work on Life is What you Make It, BTW. In that regard, it’s rather surprising that the 9-mins title track is very different than the majority of the album’s funk: indeed the gentle jazz-rock/fusion developed allows for plenty of delicate time sigs and excellent soloing, including a delightful flute. Difficult to call that superb title track the album’s cornerstone or even its highlight, because it sticks out from the rest of the album and is completely unrepresentative of it, but it’s definitely this writer’s fave. With a superb artwork fronting W&P, this could be K&tG’s ideal entry point par excellence.

KOOL & THE GANG Kool & The Gang

Album · 1970 · Funk
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Sean Trane
Well most people will remember the disco era of the late 70’s when thinking of K&tG, but little do they know that the group started a decade earlier. Yes, it’s rather difficult to think of them as a 60’s almost pre-funk band and even more like as a brass-rock ala BS&T act. Their debut album was released in January 70, on a Dee-Lite label, produced by Gene Redd, who gets shared writing credits over half the tracks and it did get some success in the RnB charts, with some 5or 6 singles climbing their own sweet way onto the charts.

Ten relatively short mostly-instrumental tracks (max 5-mins) that are generally gentle and soulish with a slight funk touch like Give It Up (maybe my fave of the album) or the two version of Kool’s (or Gang’s) Back, with those vocals imbedded in the funky mix (not Floyd’s), but the overall sweetish production kind of drowns the band’s energy into over-powering soft arrangements. Sticking out from the lot is the instrumental Smoky Robinson reprise of Since I’ve Lost My Baby. The closing Let The Music is an excellent funky closer, but again the vocals and production issues are shoddy. Guess this album could need a solid remastering, in case it hasn’t yet received one. Not my cup of tea, but most everyone should at least get at least once an earful of the present album.

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