Love & Understanding

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Love & Understanding
Studio album by Kool and the Gang
Released March 1976
Genre Funk
Length 41:26
Label De-Lite
Producer Kool and the Gang
Kool and the Gang chronology
Spirit of the Boogie
(1975)
Love & Understanding
(1976)
Open Sesame
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Love & Understanding is the ninth studio album by the funk band Kool and the Gang, released in 1976. The album had mild success. Three tracks, "Hollywood Swinging", "Summer Madness" and "Universal Sound" were recorded live at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England.[2]

The song "Summer Madness" was used in the motion picture Rocky as radio background during a scene in Rocky's home. It is also featured in the soundtrack of the videogame Tony Hawk's Project 8,[3] Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,[4] and in a Nike commercial. "Hollywood Swinging" is featured in the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love & Understanding"   Claydes Smith, Khalis Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 7:51
2. "Sugar"   George Brown, Kool & the Gang 5:37
3. "Do It Right Now"   Otha Nash, Kool & the Gang 3:55
4. "Cosmic Energy"   Smith, Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 3:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hollywood Swinging" (live) Ricky West, Kool & the Gang 5:40
2. "Summer Madness" (live) Alton Taylor, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Kool & the Gang 8:01
3. "Universal Sound" (live) Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 4:04
4. "Come Together"   Smith, Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 2:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass, vocals – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums, vocals, percussion – George Brown
  • Guitar – Claydes Smith, Kevin Bell
  • Piano – Ricky West
  • Alto saxophone – Peter Duarte
  • Alto saxophone, vocals, flute, congas – Dennis Thomas
  • Tenor saxophone – Dennis White
  • Tenor saxophone, alto flute, piano, vocals, ARP synthesizerRonald Bell
  • Trombone – Ray Wright
  • Trombone, vocals – Otha Nash
  • Trumpet – Spike Mickens
  • Trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals – Larry Gitten
  • Backing vocals – Don Boyce, Royal Jackson, Something Sweet, Tomorrow's Edition
Production
  • Arranged and written by – Kool & the Gang
  • Engineer – B. Clearwater, H. Goldberg, T. Rosiello
  • Mixed by – Terry Rosiellio
  • Mastered by – Earl Williams
  • Producer – K.G. Productions
  • Executive producer – Khalis Bayyan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Kool & the Gang: Love & Understanding > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ Love & Understanding at Discogs
  3. ^ Qualls, Eric. "Tony Hawk's Project 8 Soundtrack List". XBox Games. About.com. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Soundtracks for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City". IMDB. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Bramwell, Tom (26 October 2004). "GTA: San Andreas soundtrack listing". eurogamer.net. Retrieved 29 October 2011.