Kool and the Gang (album)

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Kool and the Gang
Studio album by Kool and the Gang
Released 1969
Genre R&B, soul-jazz, funk
Length 32:12
Label De-Lite
Producer Gene Redd
Kool and the Gang chronology
Kool and the Gang
(1969)
Live at the Sex Machine
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Kool and the Gang is the self-titled first album by the funk band Kool and the Gang. The album was released in 1969, and charted on the Billboard R&B album chart at #43.

Track Listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gene Redd and Kool & The Gang, except where noted. 

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kool & The Gang"   Kool & The Gang 2:54
2. "Breeze & Soul"     5:29
3. "Chocolate Buttermilk"     2:14
4. "Sea of Tranquility"     3:34
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Give It Up"     3:40
2. "Since I Lost My Baby"   Warren "Pete" Moore, Smokey Robinson 2:08
3. "Kool's Back Again"     2:48
4. "The Gang's Back Again"     2:46
5. "Raw Hamburger"     3:36

Personnel[edit]

  • Dennis "D.T." Thomas: Alto Saxophone, Flute, Percussion, Vocals
  • Khalis Bayyan: Tenor & Soprano Sax, Alto Flute, Vocals
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
  • Claydes Smith, Woody Sparrow: Rhythm & Lead Guitars
  • Ricky West: Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
  • Robert "Kool" Bell: Bass, Vocals
  • George "Funky" Brown: Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Singles[edit]

  • "Kool & The Gang"/"Raw Hamburger" (#19 R&B/#59 pop)
  • "The Gang's Back Again"/"Kool's Back Again" (#37/#85)
  • "Let the Music Take Your Mind"/"Chocolate Buttermilk" (#19/#78)

Samples[edit]

Although this album generated little impact when it was released, it is widely regarded as a funk classic by record collectors, and has gone on to be sampled countless times by hiphop producers:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griffith, JT. "Kool & the Gang" at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Kool and the Gang". the-breaks.com. Retrieved 27 October 2011.