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25th Anniversary Edition

25th Anniversary Edition

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by KC & the Sunshine Band
Post-Otis Redding crooner H.W. Casey and funkster Richard Finch weren't just skilled soul-crossover whizzes with a knack for stoking a cheesy good time. As the driving forces behind KC and the Sunshine Band, Casey (singer, keyboardist, producer) and Finch (bassist, drummer, producer) were one of the most brilliant musical teams in '70s pop. The music they made in


Post-Otis Redding crooner H.W. Casey and funkster Richard Finch weren't just skilled soul-crossover whizzes with a knack for stoking a cheesy good time. As the driving forces behind KC and the Sunshine Band, Casey (singer, keyboardist, producer) and Finch (bassist, drummer, producer) were one of the most brilliant musical teams in '70s pop. The music they made in South Florida during the tumultuous post-Nixon era pulled Latin and Caribbean music's sensual energy, Motown's bright-eyed optimism, funk determinism, and a Beatlesque pursuit of a universally transporting tune into escapist, positive dance music that changed the way America danced and did the deed -- possibly forever. This essential two-disc set covers the band's history, from the string of '70s chart-toppers ("Get Down Tonight," "Boogie Shoes," "That's the Way (I Like It)," "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," et al.) up to KC's 1983 solo sun shower "Give It Up." The quality does vary, especially as the years progress and the magic wanes. But even when the tunes fail to rise above the grooves, the purely functional dance numbers ("Do You Wanna Go Party?") still have a lush richness that less soulful disco didn't even try to feign. An American classic.

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1999, Rhino celebrated the 25th anniversary of KC & the Sunshine Band's formation with this two-CD anthology. But technically, 1999 was their 26th anniversary -- the soul/funk/disco band was formed in 1973, not 1974. For the casual listener and the budget-minded, a better and more concise choice would be Rhino's 1990 CD The Best of KC & the Sunshine Band, which summarizes their contributions with 16 tracks. But if your interest in KC goes beyond casual, 25th Anniversary Collection isn't a bad release to have. The set contains all of the essential '70s hits offered on The Best of KC & the Sunshine Band, including "Get Down Tonight," "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," "That's The Way (I Like It)," "I'm Your Boogie Man," and "Keep It Comin' Love," as well as "Wrap Your Arms Around Me," "I Like To Do It," and the ballad "Please Don't Go." But 25th Anniversary Collection also has its share of material that is enjoyable though less than essential -- you need to be a seasoned, diehard KC fanatic to fully appreciate the Spanish-language version of "Please Don't Go" (titled "Por Favor, No Te Vayas"), Tom Moulton's 1994 remix of "Get Down Tonight," or KC and Teri DeSario's 1980 cover of Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancin' in the Streets." And if you're that much of a collector, you'll appreciate Brian Chin's comprehensive, informative liner notes -- the writer has no problem articulating why KC's music was so popular in the '70s and why his classic grooves excited many hip-hop, dance-pop and house enthusiasts in the '90s. Rock critics might have dismissed KC in the '70s, but time has made it clear that KC's admirers -- not the critics who gave him scathing reviews -- were the smart ones.

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Performance Credits

KC & the Sunshine Band   Primary Artist
George McCrae   Vocals
Gwen McCrae   Vocals
Betty Wright   Vocals
Timmy Thomas   Keyboards
Teri DeSario   Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Aguilar   Guitar
Michael Aharon   Guitar
Steve Argy   Bass
Robert Basso   Strings
Anthony Battaglia   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Dan Bonsanti   Saxophone
Neal Bonsanti   Oboe,Saxophone
Joey Carbone   Vocals
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Keyboards,Vocals
Charles Chalmers   Saxophone,Vocals
Sandra Chalmers   Vocals
Beverly Champion   Vocals
David Chappell   Strings
Ciner   Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Lawrence Dermer   Keyboards
Alan Estes   Percussion
David Everhart   Strings
Kenneth Faulk   Trumpet
Richard Finch   Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar
Joe Galdo   Drums
Fermin Goytisolo   Percussion,Conga,Timbales
Paul Harris   Keyboards
Patricia Henderson   Vocals
Tom Hensley   Keyboards
Gary Herbig   Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Mitch Holder   Guitar
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Kim Hutchcroft   Saxophone
Robert Johnson   Drums
Emeridge Jones   Keyboards
Gary King   Bass
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Roslind Lang   Strings
Marjorie Lash   Strings
David Leonard   Horn Engineer
Mike Lewis   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Lewis   Saxophone
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Omar Martinez   Drums
Brett Murphey   Trumpet
Susan Oltman   Strings
Jerry Peel   French Horn
Robert Phillips   Strings
Margaret Reynolds   Vocals
Donna Rhodes   Vocals
Sandra Rhodes   Vocals
Harold Seay   Drums
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Whit Sidener   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dalton Smith   Trumpet
Vinnie Tanno   Trumpet
Althea Tate   Vocals
George Terry   Guitar
Eugene Timmons   Saxophone
Carlos Vega   Drums
Valerie Von Pechy   Harp
Blue Weaver   Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals
Guy Weddle   Strings
Jeanette Williams   Vocals
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Joe Singer   French Horn
Denise King   Vocals
Jerome Smith   Guitar
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Guitar
Julia Waters   Vocals
Bill Purse   Keyboards
Ernest Stewart   Keyboards
John Avarese   Piano,Overdubs
Denvil Liptrot   Saxophone
Ronnie Smith   Trumpet
Ron Taylor   Keyboards
James Weaver   Trumpet
Rick Webb   Percussion
Alfredo Oliva   Strings
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Jorge Orbon   Strings
Bogdan Chruszcz   Strings
Jimmy Magnole   Guitar
Alexander Prilutchi   Strings
Barbara Rooney   Horn Engineer
Ishmael Ledesma   Guitar
Michael Katz   Trombone
Sunshine Band   Track Performer
Charles Williams   Trombone
Ken Wadenpfuhl   French Horn
Bobby Finch   Bass
Emmanuel Taylor   Bass
Stuart McDonald   Strings
Marguerite Haldeman   Strings
Debra Spring   Strings

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
James "J.T." Taylor   Contributor
Anthony Battaglia   Arranger,String Arrangements
Milan Bogdan   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Beverly Champion   Arranger
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Richard Finch   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Fermin Goytisolo   Arranger
Paul Harris   String Arrangements
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Gary King   Arranger
Mike Lewis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
John Luongo   Remixing
George Massenburg   Engineer
Tom Moulton   Remixing
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Steve Kimball   Engineer
Bruce Lofgren   Arranger
Bill Purse   String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
John Avarese   Programming
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Greg Robinson   Arranger
Ron Taylor   Producer,Engineer
Nancy L. Hopkins   Artwork
Deborah Carter   Composer
Wendi Cartwright   Contributor
Larry Hall   Horn Arrangements
A. Keller   Composer
Robert Walker   Producer

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25th Anniversary Edition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RatPackFan More than 1 year ago
As a teen in the 70's we waited for weeks for KC and the crew to blast their hits all over the radio! This music still has the power to do that to this generation. What is so good about having all of these hits on CDS now is the ability to hear the bass line (where the funk lies) in all its glory! If nothing else will get me spinning on a dance floor again, this sure will! Only drawback: vinyl will never live up to this remaster, no matter who would do it! RHINO is the BEST!
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