Light of Worlds

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Light of Worlds
Studio album by Kool and the Gang
Released September 1974
Recorded 1973–1974
Media Sound Studios
(New York, New York)
Genre Funk, soul, jazz
Length 36:06
Label De-Lite
DEP-2014
Producer K. & G. Productions
Kool and the Gang chronology
Wild and Peaceful
(1973)
Light of Worlds
(1974)
Spirit of the Boogie
(1975)
Reissue cover
Alternative Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone (favorable)[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[3]

Light of Worlds is the seventh album released by Kool & the Gang, released in 1974. It was later remastered by Polygram and was a second success for the band, reaching the R&B Charts at #16 and the Pop Charts at #63. It was a landmark in the funk/jazz fusion genre of the 1970s.

Light of Worlds was by far Kool & the Gang's most spiritual and sophisticated work, produced in the wake of the success of their previous album, Wild and Peaceful. While it was their seventh album of new material, the Gang considered Light of the Worlds their ninth LP (counting two compilations), and therefore consciously chose nine songs for the album, to represent the nine planets in the solar system. The album contains rock-inspired funk set to jazz-informed playing with afrobeat influences and a tinge of analogue synthesizing.

"Summer Madness" is considered to be the album's highlight, incorporating smooth melodies and a synthesizer. It was later released as a single, with a follow up titled "Winter Sadness" to the Gang's Spirit of the Boogie a year later. A remake of "Summer Madness" was released on the Gang's 1993 album Unite titled "WKOOL/Summer".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Street Corner Symphony"   Kool & the Gang, Bayyan 4:32
2. "Fruitman"   Kool & the Gang, Westfield 5:19
3. "Rhyme Tyme People"   Kool & the Gang, Saunders, Thomas 3:19
4. "Light of Worlds"   Kool & the Gang, Smith 4:21
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Whiting H. & G."   Kool & the Gang, Bayyan 3:17
2. "You Don't Have to Change"   Kool & the Gang, Mickens 2:39
3. "Higher Plane"   Kool & the Gang, Bayyan 4:57
4. "Summer Madness"   Kool & the Gang, Mickens, Taylor 4:16
5. "Here After"   Kool & the Gang, Bayyan 2:54

Singles[edit]

Song R&B Charts Pop Charts
“Higher Plane” #1 #37
“Rhyme Tyme People” #3 #63
“Summer Madness” #36 #35

Personnel[edit]

  • Khalis Bayyan - Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Arranger, Piano (Electric), Sax (Tenor), Vocals, Clavinet, Kalimba, Mellotron
  • Robert "Kool" Bell - Bass, Vocals
  • George "Funky" Brown - Percussion, Drums, Gong
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens - Trumpet, Arranger, Flugelhorn
  • Claydes Charles Smith - Guitar, Percussion, Arranger, Conductor, Vibraphone
  • Ricky West - Piano, Arranger
  • Dennis "D.T." Thomas - Arranger, Sax (Alto)

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Herb Lane - Vocals
  • Alton Taylor - Vocals
  • Penni Phynjuar Saunders - Vocals
  • Richard Shade - Vocals (background)
  • Kenneth Banks - Vocals (background)
  • Al Pazant - Trumpet
  • Ed Pazant - Sax (Alto), Oboe
  • Bob Clearmountain - Engineer
  • Godfrey Diamond - Engineer
  • Harvey Goldberg - Engineer
  • Alec Head - Engineer
  • Gary N. Mayo - Digital Remastering
  • Mitchell Kanner - Cover Design
  • Cleveland "Clevie" Browne - Liner Notes
  • David Lartaud - Photography

Use of "Summer Madness"[edit]

From this album, the song "Summer Madness" has been used in various features, such as:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, Bob. Review: Light of Worlds. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-07-19.
  2. ^ Hoard, Christian. "Review: Light of Worlds". Rolling Stone: 464. November 2, 2004.
  3. ^ Leroy, Dan. Review: Light of Worlds. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-07-19.

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