Something Special (Kool & the Gang album)

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Something Special
Studio album by Kool and the Gang
Released September 24, 1981
Recorded 1981 at House of Music, West Orange, New Jersey
Overdubs at Kendun Recorders, Los Angeles, California and Secret Sound Studios, New York City, New York
Genre Post-disco, urban, funk, pop rock
Length 36:18
Label De-Lite Records
Producer Eumir Deodato
Kool and the Gang chronology
Celebrate!
(1980)
Something Special
(1981)
As One
(1982)

Something Special is the thirteenth studio album by the funk band Kool and the Gang, released in 1981.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

While it did not live up to the same level of success that the band's previous two albums brought, it still contained two hit singles: "Take My Heart" went to No. 1 on the R&B chart and No. 17 on the Pop chart. "Get Down On It" reached No. 4 on the R&B chart and No. 10 on the Pop chart. In addition, "Steppin' Out" ended up at No. 12 on the R&B chart and No. 89 on the Pop chart.[2] In the UK, the album reached #10,[3] becoming their first hit album there and most successful studio album of all, largely due to the success of the "Get Down On It" single.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Steppin' Out"   James "J.T." Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:51
2. "Good Time Tonight"   Taylor, Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:59
3. "Take My Heart"   Claydes Smith, George Brown, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 4:01
4. "Be My Lady"   Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:14
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Down on It"   Taylor, Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:58
2. "Pass It On"   Brown, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 4:34
3. "Stand Up and Sing"   Taylor, Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:35
4. "No Show"   Brown, Taylor, Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:25
CD reissue bonus track[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Stop!"   Bell, Kool & the Gang 3:22

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass, backing vocals – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Lead Guitar – Charles Smith
  • Saxophone, keyboards, backing vocals – Ronald Bell
  • Drums, backing vocals – George Brown
  • Lead and backing vocals – James "J.T." Taylor
  • Alto saxophone – Dennis Thomas
  • Alto saxophone, flute, backing vocals – Steve Greenfield
  • Trombone – Clifford Adams
  • Trumpet, backing vocals – Michael Ray, Robert Mickens
  • Keyboards – Brian Jackson
  • Keyboards – Eumir Deodato
  • Additional percussion – Jimmy Maelen
  • Additional handclaps – Platinum Hook
  • Backing vocals – Clifford Adams, Cynthia Huggins, Joan Motley, Kelly Barretto
Production
  • Engineer – Jim Bonnefond
  • Assistant engineers – Bobby Scott Cohen, Cliff Hodson, Joe DeAngelis, Julian Robertson
  • Overdubs engineers – Bob "Ziggy" Winard, Mallory Earl
  • Mixed by – Eumir Deodato, Jim Bonnefond, Gabe Vigorito
  • Mastered by – Tom Coyne, Stephan Galfas (Assistant)
  • Producer – Eumir Deodato
  • Associate producer – Kool & The Gang

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[5] 12
Billboard Top Soul Albums[5] 1
UK Albums Chart[3] 10

Singles[edit]

Year Single US chart positions[2] UK
chart
positions
[6]
Hot
100
R&B Dance
1981 "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" 17 1 16 29
1982 "Get Down On It" 10 4 3
"Steppin' Out" 89 12 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. Kool and the Gang: Something Special > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Kool & The Gang > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Something Special". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Kool & The Gang – Something Special CD remastered reissue at Discogs
  5. ^ a b Kool & the Gang > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Kool and the Gang". ChartCtats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 

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