Very Best Of Kool & The Gang

The Very Best Of Kool & The Gang

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by Kool & the Gang
     
 
Spanning the band's early-'70s genesis as an unhinged funk congregation and their later resurgence with urbane R&B balladry and synth-inflected disco, The Very Best of Kool & the Gang may not be a unified collection, but it is the first to offer every hit that's expected -- as well as a few that aren't -- from

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Spanning the band's early-'70s genesis as an unhinged funk congregation and their later resurgence with urbane R&B balladry and synth-inflected disco, The Very Best of Kool & the Gang may not be a unified collection, but it is the first to offer every hit that's expected -- as well as a few that aren't -- from the band's long career. The emphasis is definitely on their peak as a pop group, from 1979 to 1986, with pride of place going to the hits "Celebration," "Get Down on It," "Ladies Night," "Too Hot," "Misled," and "Joanna." Fans of the funk get only three tracks ("Funky Stuff," "Hollywood Swinging," and "Jungle Boogie," all from 1973's Wild and Peaceful), which won't cause anyone to sell their copies of The Best of Kool & the Gang 1969-1976, but does give pop fans a glimpse of their mid-'70s greatness. All in all, this lengthy collection doesn't transition well from hit to hit, but then again, chronological order would've forced legions of pop fans to forward through the funk material to get to their favorites.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731453805828
catalogNumber:
538058
Rank:
761

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kool & the Gang   Primary Artist
Rick Iantosca   Percussion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kool & the Gang   Composer
James "J.T." Taylor   Composer
Deodato   Composer
Eddie Arkin   Composer
Amir-Salaam Bayyan   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Charles Smith   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Earl Toon   Composer
Richard Westfield   Composer
Curtis "Fitz" Williams   Composer
Clifford Adams   Composer
Rick Iantosca   Arranger
Curtis Williams   Composer
George Brown   Composer
Donald Boyce   Composer
Clayton Smith   Composer
James Bonneford   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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The Very Best Of Kool & The Gang 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the biggest hits are here. Summer Madness (R&B #36) and Open Sesame (US #55) were good songs but not big hits. Since Kool & The Gang charted almost 50 singles, the less successful ones had to be omitted .
Guest More than 1 year ago
No "Very Best of Kool & the Gang" collection would be complete without their hits "Summer Madness" (1975) and "Open Sesame" (1976), two of their best musical arrangements. Both songs proved that they were one of the best bands out. Even James Brown stated that they were nearly as good as the JB's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago