Something Special [Expanded Edition]

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All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
With their long track record, Kool & the Gang have always offered dance-provoking rhythms and Something Special fits that bill, too. Featuring the number one single "Take My Heart You Can Have It If You Want It," James "J.T." Taylor approaches the song in a cool, mesmerizing tone, closing out the vamp in his falsetto with a burst of energy while the background vocals chant the subtitle throughout the chorus. Not known to lead a song in falsetto, Taylor further utilizes this talent on the motivated rhythms of the nocturnal scenario of "Steppin' Out." It maintained a steady stride, rising to the number ten spot on the charts. The third single from the album was "Get Down ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
With their long track record, Kool & the Gang have always offered dance-provoking rhythms and Something Special fits that bill, too. Featuring the number one single "Take My Heart You Can Have It If You Want It," James "J.T." Taylor approaches the song in a cool, mesmerizing tone, closing out the vamp in his falsetto with a burst of energy while the background vocals chant the subtitle throughout the chorus. Not known to lead a song in falsetto, Taylor further utilizes this talent on the motivated rhythms of the nocturnal scenario of "Steppin' Out." It maintained a steady stride, rising to the number ten spot on the charts. The third single from the album was "Get Down on It." As the title indicates, this is a gritty funk track that worked its way up the charts to claim the number three position, selling more than 500,000 copies. Although there were no more charted singles from this album, the entire collection is deserving of recognition. On a slower note, "Pass It On" and "No Show" received regional airplay. The former encourages people to spread love to all children, and the latter is a sorrowful account of a man left standing in the rain, waiting for the love that never showed. Both singles have similar rhythm arrangements. As for inspirational songs, "Stand Up and Sing" is a moderately paced single with lyrics that are uplifting. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2013
  • Label: Big Break
  • EAN: 5013929045637
  • Catalog Number: 2904563
  • Sales rank: 50,274

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kool & the Gang Primary Artist
James "J.T." Taylor Vocals, Background Vocals
Deodato Keyboards
Brian Jackson Keyboards
Dennis Alto Saxophone
Kelly Barretto Background Vocals
Khalis Bayyan Keyboards, Saxophone, Background Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Robert "Kool" Bell Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
George "Funky" Brown Drums, Background Vocals
Mallory Earl Overdubs
Steve Greenfield Flute, Alto Saxophone, Background Vocals
Cynthia Huggins Background Vocals
Robert "Spike" Mickens Trumpet, Background Vocals
Joan Motley Background Vocals
Michael Ray Trumpet, Background Vocals
Charles Smith Guitar
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Alto Saxophone
Clifford Adams Trombone, Background Vocals, Treble
Charles Edward Smith Guitar
Bob Winard Overdubs
Technical Credits
Kool & the Gang Composer, Producer
James "J.T." Taylor Composer
Deodato Producer
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne Liner Notes
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Charles Smith Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Harry Weinger Liner Notes
Curtis "Fitz" Williams Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Anthony Barboza Cover Photo
Bill Levy Concept
Mark Weinberg Package Redesign
Jim Bonnefond Engineer
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