Gold

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Believe it or not, Gold is the first compilation with U.S. distribution to provide a fair and rather thorough glance at Kool & the Gang's career from 1969 through 1987. Dozens upon dozens of other sets either focus on one of the group's distinct eras or attempt clumsily to appease those who want "Jungle Boogie" and "Joanna" in one spot. The Chronicles catalog division of Mercury realized that roughly 90 percent of Kool & the Gang's chart hits can fit neatly on two discs, so this is an ideal package for casual fans who can appreciate raw '70s funk and slick, radio-friendly '80s R&B. It would be impossible to plot a thorough introductory course across two discs, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Believe it or not, Gold is the first compilation with U.S. distribution to provide a fair and rather thorough glance at Kool & the Gang's career from 1969 through 1987. Dozens upon dozens of other sets either focus on one of the group's distinct eras or attempt clumsily to appease those who want "Jungle Boogie" and "Joanna" in one spot. The Chronicles catalog division of Mercury realized that roughly 90 percent of Kool & the Gang's chart hits can fit neatly on two discs, so this is an ideal package for casual fans who can appreciate raw '70s funk and slick, radio-friendly '80s R&B. It would be impossible to plot a thorough introductory course across two discs, since the group's catalog runs too deep. There wasn't enough room for the likes of "Steppin' Out," "Jones vs. Jones," "Slick Superchick," or "Take It to the Top," all of which were popular on black radio stations, and the compilers' decision to focus on the biggest singles means that a lot of subdued album cuts -- such as "Breeze and Soul" and "Winter Sadness" -- aren't factored in. A lot of care went into the presentation, with plenty of photos, thorough chart-placement information, and insightful liner notes from group associate Cleveland Brown. No Kool & the Gang compilation can be flawless, but this is one of the best ones out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602498628607
  • Catalog Number: 000289102
  • Sales rank: 27,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kool & The Gang (2:57)
  2. 2 Kool's Back Again (2:56)
  3. 3 Let the Music Take Your Mind (2:58)
  4. 4 Funky Man (3:10)
  5. 5 Who's Gonna Take the Weight (6:23)
  6. 6 Love the Life You Live (5:41)
  7. 7 Funky Stuff (3:02)
  8. 8 Jungle Boogie (3:05)
  9. 9 Hollywood Swinging (4:37)
  10. 10 Higher Plane (4:59)
  11. 11 Rhyme Tyme People (3:21)
  12. 12 Summer Madness (4:20)
  13. 13 Spirit of the Boogie (4:54)
  14. 14 Caribbean Festival (7:35)
  15. 15 Love and Understanding (Come Together) (7:52)
  16. 16 Open Sesame (3:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ladies Night (3:28)
  2. 2 Too Hot (5:04)
  3. 3 Celebration (4:59)
  4. 4 Take My Heart (You Can Have It) (4:02)
  5. 5 Get Down on It (4:51)
  6. 6 Big Fun (3:50)
  7. 7 Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh, La, La, La) (6:42)
  8. 8 Joanna (4:00)
  9. 9 Tonight (4:13)
  10. 10 Misled (4:06)
  11. 11 Fresh (3:48)
  12. 12 Cherish (5:41)
  13. 13 Emergency (5:16)
  14. 14 Victory (4:03)
  15. 15 Stone Love (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kool & the Gang Primary Artist
James "J.T." Taylor Vocals
Amir-Salaam Bayyan Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Robert "Kool" Bell Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Donal Boyce Vocals
George "Funky" Brown Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Renee Connel Voices
Larry Gittens Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Cynthia Huggins Voices
Kevin Lassiter Keyboards, Vocals
Caldwell MacMillan Keyboards, Vocals
Robert "Spike" Mickens Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Joan Motley Voices
Otha Nash Trombone, Valve Trombone
Beverly Owens Voices
Michael Ray Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Charles Smith Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Flute, Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Earl Toon Keyboards, Vocals
Clifford Adams Trombone, Vocals
Ricky West Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes
Woody Sparrow Guitar, Vocals
Rick Iantosca Guitar, Keyboards
Curtis Williams Keyboards, Vocals
Charles Allen Smith Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Ronald (Khalis Bayyan) Bell Percussion, Alto Flute, Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, Vibes, ARP
Earl Toon Jr Keyboards, Vocals
George Brown Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Donald Boyce Vocals
Ronald "Khalis" Bell Percussion, Alto Flute, Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, Vibes, ARP
Kevin "Ice" Lassiter Keyboards, Vocals
Caldwell MacMillan Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Kool & the Gang Composer, Producer
James "J.T." Taylor Composer
Deodato Producer
Amir-Salaam Bayyan Composer
Khalis Bayyan Composer, Producer, Composer
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Sandy Linzer Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Gene Redd Composer
Charles Smith Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Richard Westfield Composer
Curtis "Fitz" Williams Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Rick Iantosca Programming
Jim Bonnefond Producer
Penni Phynjuar Saunders Composer
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
Alton Taylor Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Ronald (Khalis Bayyan) Bell Producer, String Ensemble
Cleveland Brown Liner Notes
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