The Best of Kool & the Gang 1969-1976

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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
Although Kool & the Gang became pop superstars in the 1980s on the strength of J.T. Taylor's silky voice and several catchy arrangements, R&B fans regard their true glory days as the 1970s. The New Jersey-based ensemble patented a jazz-tinged funk approach keyed by Robert "Kool" Bell's basslines, red-hot horn lines, chunky keyboards and guitar riffs, and functional vocals. Although they seldom ventured beyond the R&B charts during this era, their music had far more bite than their later pop hits. These 16 cuts pay homage to Kool & the Gang's funk roots, and should be a revelation to those who only know them as the light ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
Although Kool & the Gang became pop superstars in the 1980s on the strength of J.T. Taylor's silky voice and several catchy arrangements, R&B fans regard their true glory days as the 1970s. The New Jersey-based ensemble patented a jazz-tinged funk approach keyed by Robert "Kool" Bell's basslines, red-hot horn lines, chunky keyboards and guitar riffs, and functional vocals. Although they seldom ventured beyond the R&B charts during this era, their music had far more bite than their later pop hits. These 16 cuts pay homage to Kool & the Gang's funk roots, and should be a revelation to those who only know them as the light ensemble behind J.T. Taylor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/1994
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731452245823
  • Catalog Number: 522458
  • Sales rank: 37,633

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kool & the Gang Primary Artist
Kelly Barretto Background Vocals
Amir-Salaam Bayyan Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Khalis Bayyan Flute, Percussion, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Flute, Percussion, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Robert "Kool" Bell Bass, Vocals
Donal Boyce Vocals
George "Funky" Brown Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Renee Connel Background Vocals
Larry Gittens Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Cynthia Huggins Background Vocals
Kevin Lassiter Keyboards, Vocals
Caldwell MacMillan Keyboards, Vocals
Robert "Spike" Mickens Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Joan Motley Background Vocals
Otha Nash Trombone
Beverly Owens Background Vocals
Amir Abdul Salaam Bayyan Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Phynjuar Saunders Vocals
Charles Smith Guitar, Vocals
Charles Smith Guitar, Vocals
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Flute, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Richard Westfield Keyboards, Vocals
Clifford Adams Guitar, Trombone, Vocals
Ricky West Keyboards, Vocals
Woody Sparrow Guitar
Penni Phynjuar Saunders Vocals
Technical Credits
Kool & the Gang Arranger, Composer, Producer
Khalis Bayyan Composer, Composer
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
Donal Boyce Special Effects
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne Liner Notes
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Bill Levenson Producer, Executive Producer
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Contributor, Mastering
Gene Redd Composer
Charles Smith Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Harry Weinger Producer
Richard Westfield Composer
Ricky West Composer
Mark Weinberg Cover Design
Penni Phynjuar Saunders Composer
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
Alton Taylor Composer
George Brown Composer
Donald Boyce Composer
Clayton Smith Composer
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