Forever (Kool & the Gang album)

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Studio album by Kool and the Gang
Released November 3, 1986
Genre AC
Length 48:59
Label Mercury
Producer Kool and the Gang, Khalis Bayyan, I.B.M.C.
Kool and the Gang chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Forever is the seventeenth studio album by the funk band Kool and the Gang, released in 1986. The album included two major hits on the US Hot 100 Chart: "Victory" (US #10, R&B #2) and "Stone Love" (US #10, R&B #4). Two further singles, "Holiday" and "Special Way" were also released from the album; the former reached the top ten on the R&B Chart, the latter hit reached #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2]

After this album, lead vocalist James "J.T." Taylor would leave the group for a solo career. He would return in 1996 for the State of Affairs album.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Victory"   James "J.T." Taylor, Khalis Bayyan 4:37
2. "I.B.M.C."   Taylor, Bayyan 4:14
3. "Stone Love"   Charles Smith, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 4:37
4. "Forever"   Dwania Kyles, Taylor, Bayyan 5:03
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Holiday"   Curtis Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 4:12
2. "Peacemaker"   George Brown, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 4:35
3. "Broadway"   Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 3:40
4. "Special Way"   Kyles, Brown, Taylor, Kendall Stubbs, Bayyan 5:26
5. "God's Country"   Gary Curtis Culpepper, Taylor 5:04


  • Bass – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums – George Brown
  • Guitar – Charles Smith
  • Saxophone, keyboards – Khalis Bayyan
  • Keyboards – Curtis "Fitz" Williams
  • Vocals, percussion – James "J.T." Taylor
  • Alto saxophone – Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas
  • Trombone – Clifford Adams
  • Trumpet – Michael Ray, Robert "Spike" Mickens
  • Additional musicians – Alex Williams, Kendal Stubbs, Mark Attalla
  • Backing vocals – Barbara Hernandez, Bert Clardy, Jeff Clardy, Kendal Stubbs, Lisa Foster, Starleana Young
  • Drum programming – Kendal Stubbs
  • Synthesizer and creative software programmed by – Randy Weber


  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Kool & the Gang: Forever > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Forever > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2011.