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Gold
     

Gold

by Kool & the Gang
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2005
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602498628607
catalogNumber:
000289102
Rank:
12771

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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   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
Ronald Bell   Composer,Producer
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
Alton Taylor   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Ronald (Khalis Bayyan) Bell   Producer,String Ensemble
Cleveland Brown   Liner Notes
Claydes Smith   Composer

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