State of Affairs (Kool & the Gang album)

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State of Affairs
Studio album by Kool and the Gang
Released July 3, 1996
Genre Funk, R&B
Length 55:44
Label Curb
Producer J.T. Taylor, Khalis Bayyan
Kool and the Gang chronology
Unite
(1993)
State of Affairs
(1996)
Gangland
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Wilson & Alroy 2.5/5 stars[2]

State of Affairs is the twentieth studio album by the band Kool & The Gang, released in 1996 following a three-year gap between albums. J.T. Taylor came back as lead singer for the album, bringing high reviews from critics, but the album seemed to go unnoticed commercially.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kahlis Bayyan and James "J.T." Taylor; except where indicated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Salute to the Ladies"     3:24
2. "In the Hood"   Bayyan, Taylor, Kool & the Gang 4:50
3. "Color Line"     5:05
4. "Second Thoughts"     5:12
5. "Crabs in a Barrel"     4:44
6. "Woman, Lover, Friend"     4:55
7. "Game of Love"   Chuckie Howard, Bayyan, Taylor 4:25
8. "'90s News"     0:58
9. "Life in the '90s"     5:51
10. "Friends"     6:00
11. "My Body"     5:05
12. "Reunited"   George "Funky" Brown, Bayyan, Taylor 5:14

Personnel[edit]

  • James "J.T." Taylor - Vocals; drum programming; programming; sequencing
  • Khalis Bayyan - Alto and tenor sax; drum programming; programming; sequencing
  • George "Funky" Brown - Drums; drum programming; programming; sequencing
  • Curtis "Fitz" Williams - Keyboards; Moog synthesizer; organ
  • Dennis "D.T." Thomas - Alto sax
  • Clifford Adams - Trombone
  • Amir-Salaam Bayyan - Guitar
  • Jeff Catania - Guitar
  • Shawn McQuiller - Guitar
  • Kirk Lyons - Bass
  • Robert Meeks - Keyboards
  • Paul Sinclair - Piano
  • Rasheed Bell - Background vocals
  • Paul Kayk - Drum programming
Production
  • Rashad Muhammad - Editing, programming
  • Warren Riker - Engineer
  • Kendal Stubbs - Engineer
  • Jeff Toone - Engineer
  • Vittorio Zammarano - Engineer
  • Wade Thoren - Assistant Engineer
  • Ben Arrindell - Mixing
  • Stephan Galfos - Mixing
  • Andy Jackson - Mixing
  • James "J.T." Taylor - Producer
  • Khalis Bayyan - Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Kool & the Gang: State of Affairs > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b Alroy, John; Wilson, David Bertrand. "State of Affairs". Kool & the Gang. warr.org. Retrieved 31 October 2011.