Celebration: The Best of Kool & the Gang 1969-1976

Celebration: The Best of Kool & the Gang 1969-1976

by Kool & the Gang


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Celebration: The Best of Kool & the Gang 1969-1976

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/1994
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731452245823
catalogNumber: 522458
Rank: 18533

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kool & the Gang   Primary Artist
Kelly Barretto   Background Vocals
Ronald Bell   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
Phynjuar Saunders   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
Amir Bayyan   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Claydes Smith   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Kool & the Gang   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ronald Bell   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
Gene Redd   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Harry Weinger   Producer
Richard Westfield   Composer
Ricky West   Composer
Mark Weinberg   Cover Design
Penni Phynjuar Saunders   Composer
Alton Taylor   Composer
Donald Boyce   Composer
Clayton Smith   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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