Kool & The Gang Gold (2-CD)

Gold (2-CD)
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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  MRY 000289102
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Island / Mercury

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Kool & The Gang
  • Buy for $0.992.Kool's Back Again
  • Buy for $0.993.Let The Music Take Your Mind
  • Buy for $0.994.Funky Man
  • Buy for $0.995.Who's Gonna Take The Weight
  • Buy for $0.996.Love The Life You Live
  • Buy for $1.297.Funky Stuff
  • Buy for $1.298.Jungle Boogie
  • Buy for $1.299.Hollywood Swinging
  • Buy for $0.9910.Higher Plane
  • Buy for $0.9911.Rhyme Tyme People
  • Buy for $1.2912.Summer Madness
  • Buy for $0.9913.Spirit Of The Boogie
  • Buy for $0.9914.Caribbean Festival
  • Buy for $0.9915.Love And Understanding (Come Together)
  • Buy for $1.2916.Open Sesame

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $1.291.Ladies Night
  • Buy for $1.292.Too Hot
  • Buy for $1.293.Celebration
  • Buy for $1.294.Take My Heart (You Can Have It)
  • Buy for $1.295.Get Down On It
  • Buy for $0.996.Big Fun
  • Buy for $1.297.Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh, La, La, La)
  • Buy for $1.298.Joanna
  • Buy for $1.299.Tonight
  • Buy for $1.2910.Misled
  • Buy for $1.2911.Fresh
  • Buy for $1.2912.Cherish
  • Buy for $0.9913.Emergency
  • Buy for $1.2914.Victory
  • Buy for $0.9915.Stone Love

Product Description:

Kool & the Gang: Amir-Salaam Bayyan (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar); Charles Smith (vocals, guitar, percussion); Woody Sparrow (vocals, guitar); Dennis "D.T." Thomas (vocals, flute, alto saxophone, percussion); Ronald "Khalis" Bell (vocals, alto flute, tenor saxophone, Clavinet, keyboards, ARP synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, vibraphone, percussion); Robert "Spike" Mickens (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion); Larry Gittens (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Clifford Adams (vocals, trombone); Ricky West (vocals, keyboards, vibraphone); George Brown (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion); Curtis Williams, Earl Toon Jr, Caldwell MacMillan, Kevin "Ice" Lassiter (vocals, keyboards); Robert "Kool" Bell (vocals, bass guitar, percussion); Donald Boyce, James "J.T." Taylor (vocals); Otha Nash (trombone, valve trombone).
Personnel: Charles Allen Smith (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion); Ronald (Khalis Bayyan) Bell (vocals, alto flute, tenor saxophone, Clavinet, keyboards, ARP synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, vibraphone, percussion); Michael Ray (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); George "Funky" Brown (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion); Kevin Lassiter, Earl Toon, Caldwell MacMillan (vocals, keyboards); Donal Boyce (vocals); Rick Iantosca (guitar, keyboards, programming).
Liner Note Author: Cleveland Brown.
Believe it or not, Gold is the first compilation with U.S. distribution to provide a fair and rather thorough glance at Kool & the Gang's career from 1969 through 1987. Dozens upon dozens of other sets either focus on one of the group's distinct eras or attempt clumsily to appease those who want "Jungle Boogie" and "Joanna" in one spot. The Chronicles catalog division of Mercury realized that roughly 90 percent of Kool & the Gang's chart hits can fit neatly on two discs, so this is an ideal package for casual fans who can appreciate raw '70s funk and slick, radio-friendly '80s R&B. It would be impossible to plot a thorough introductory course across two discs, since the group's catalog runs too deep. There wasn't enough room for the likes of "Steppin' Out," "Jones vs. Jones," "Slick Superchick," or "Take It to the Top," all of which were popular on black radio stations, and the compilers' decision to focus on the biggest singles means that a lot of subdued album cuts -- such as "Breeze and Soul" and "Winter Sadness" -- aren't factored in. A lot of care went into the presentation, with plenty of photos, thorough chart-placement information, and insightful liner notes from group associate Cleveland Brown. No Kool & the Gang compilation can be flawless, but this is one of the best ones out there. ~ Andy Kellman

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  • Sales Rank: 22,926
  • UPC: 602498628607
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