In the Heart

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In the Heart
Studio album by Kool & the Gang
Released 21 November 1983
Genre Urban
Post-disco
AC
Rock
Length 34:55
Label De-Lite
Producer Jim Bonnefond, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
As One
(1982)
In the Heart
(1983)
Emergency
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

In the Heart is the seventeenth studio album by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released in 1983. The album became a hit and brought a return to the Billboard charts for the band. The hit love song, "Joanna", soared to number two on the charts in the U.S. and UK, and hit number one on the U.S. R&B chart. "Straight Ahead" was a top twenty hit in the UK, while "Tonight" did the same in the U.S.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In the Heart"   James "J.T." Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:03
2. "Joanna"   Claydes Smith, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 4:20
3. "Tonight"   Curtis Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 3:53
4. "Rollin'"   Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 3:10
5. "Place For Us"   Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 3:42
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Straight Ahead"   Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 3:31
2. "Home Is Where the Heart Is"   Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 3:51
3. "You Can Do It"   Williams, Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:39
4. "September Love"   George Brown, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 4:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums – George Brown
  • Guitar – Charles Smith
  • Tenor saxophone; OB-X synthesizer; backing vocals – Ronald "Khalis" Bell
  • Lead and backing vocals – James "J.T." Taylor
  • Trombone; backing vocals – Clifford Adams
  • Keyboards; alto saxophone; Memory Moog, Mini Moog, and OB-X synthesizers, backing vocals – Curtis "Fitz" Williams
  • Alto saxophone – Dennis "D.T." Thomas
  • Trumpet – Michael Ray, Robert "Spike" Mickens

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Kool & the Gang: In the Heart" at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ Somay, Errol (2 February 1984). "Kool & the Gang: In the Heart". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 414). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "In the Heart > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Kool and the Gang". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 30 October 2011.