Kool & The Gang Ladies Night
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sku: COL 8421
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Universal Music MCAD-20334 (1979)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A budget-priced 6-track collection of favorites from Kool & The Gang. All original recordings.
- 1. Ladies Night
- 2. Got You Into My Life
- 3. If You Feel Like Dancin'
- 4. Hangin' Out
- 5. Tonight's The Night
- 6. Too Hot
By the time LADIES NIGHT was released in 1979, the dirty, earthy funk of songs like "Jungle Boogie" had been almost completely expunged from Kool & the Gang's sound. With new producer Eumir Deodato at the boards, LADIES NIGHT showed the Gang moving toward a slick, lighter pop sound. The formula worked wonders, spawning a runaway R&B chart-topper in the title track. Though steady backbeats and thumping basslines still dominate, the whole thing has been given a slightly jazzy, high-gloss sheen.
In addition to the dance-floor favorite "Ladies Night" (with its singalong chorus), "If You Feel Like Dancing" and "Tonight's the Night" also incite listeners--both lyrically and musically--to get down. Elsewhere, the album is strong on polished, romantic R&B that spotlights the ensemble's soulful vocals. "Got You into My Life" rides a mid-tempo groove in the ballad mode, as does the seductive sway of "Too Hot," featuring intimate, smooth-as-butter singing by lead vocalist James "J.T." Taylor. These songs premiered the sound that would make Kool & the Gang one of the most popular pop acts of the '80s.
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