The Very Best Of Kool & The Gang

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • UPC: 731453805828
  • Catalog Number: 538058
  • Sales rank: 22,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Celebration (3:41)
  2. 2 Get Down on It (3:32)
  3. 3 Fresh (3:49)
  4. 4 Too Hot (3:48)
  5. 5 Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh, la, la, La) (4:00)
  6. 6 Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It) (4:04)
  7. 7 Jungle Boogie (3:05)
  8. 8 Ladies Night (3:30)
  9. 9 Cherish (3:59)
  10. 10 Funky Stuff (3:03)
  11. 11 In the Heart (3:56)
  12. 12 Steppin' Out (3:33)
  13. 13 Joanna (4:00)
  14. 14 Hollywood Swinging (3:28)
  15. 15 Tonight (3:54)
  16. 16 Misled (4:07)
  17. 17 Take It to the Top (3:40)
  18. 18 Hi de Hi, Hi de Ho (3:32)
  19. 19 Big Fun (3:51)
  20. 20 Victory (4:04)
  21. 21 Celebration (3:56)
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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
Khalis Bayyan Composer, 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
Jim Bonnefond Composer
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
Curtis Williams Composer
George Melvin Brown Composer
George Brown Composer
James Warren Taylor Composer
Donald Boyce Composer
Clayton Smith Composer
James Bonneford Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    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.

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