25th Anniversary Edition

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227580421
  • Catalog Number: 75804
  • Sales rank: 12,922

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Down Tonight (3:11)
  2. 2 That's the Way (I Like It) (3:04)
  3. 3 Blow Your Whistle - KC & The Sunshine Junkanoo Band (2:32)
  4. 4 Sound Your Funky Horn (3:04)
  5. 5 Queen of Clubs (3:17)
  6. 6 I'm a Pushover (3:05)
  7. 7 Shotgun Shuffle - Sunshine Band (2:44)
  8. 8 I'm So Crazy ('Bout You) (3:06)
  9. 9 Rock Your Baby - Sunshine Band (3:51)
  10. 10 Shake Your Booty, (Shake, Shake, Shake) (3:05)
  11. 11 Boogie Shoes (2:10)
  12. 12 I Like to Do It (2:56)
  13. 13 I'm Your Boogie Man (4:03)
  14. 14 Wrap Your Arms Around Me (3:44)
  15. 15 Black Water Gold - Sunshine Band (3:10)
  16. 16 I Get Lifted (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Keep It Comin' Love (3:52)
  2. 2 It's the Same Old Song (3:24)
  3. 3 Do You Feel All Right (2:42)
  4. 4 Who Do Ya Love (3:46)
  5. 5 Do You Wanna Go Party (7:32)
  6. 6 Please Don't Go (3:50)
  7. 7 I Betcha Didn't Know That (4:08)
  8. 8 Yes, I'm Ready (3:16)
  9. 9 Let's Go Rock and Roll (3:34)
  10. 10 All I Want (4:25)
  11. 11 Dancin' in the Streets (3:07)
  12. 12 Give It Up - K.C. (4:05)
  13. 13 Por Favor No Te Vayas (3:09)
  14. 14 Please Don't Go '92 (3:50)
  15. 15 Get Down Tonight (9:08)
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Album Credits

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
Al 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 Jr. 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
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
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
Bob Fisher Remastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Retro-Groove Like no Other

    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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