The Force (Kool & the Gang album)

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The Force
Studio album by Kool and the Gang
Released 1977
Genre Funk
Length 35:47
Label De-Lite
Producer Kool and the Gang
Kool and the Gang chronology
Open Sesame
(1976)
The Force
(1977)
Everybody's Dancin'
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

The Force is the eleventh studio by the funk band Kool and the Gang, released in 1977. It failed to generate any major impact, and is now recognized as one of two albums between the group's two periods of success. It was after the first string of hits in the mid and early 1970s, and before the group hit it big in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Place in Space"   Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:49
2. "Slick Superchick"   George Brown, Kool & the Gang 4:05
3. "Just Be True"   Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:21
4. "The Force"   Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 4:26
Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mighty, Mighty High"   Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 6:51
2. "Oasis"   Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 6:06
3. "Life's a Song"   Claydes Smith, Kool & the Gang 2:58
4. "Free"   Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang 2:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass guitar; vocals; percussion – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums; vocals; percussion; keyboards; Clavinet – George Brown
  • Electric guitar; acoustic guitar; percussion; vocals – Claydes Smith
  • Keyboards; vocals; Mini-Moog synthesizer; Clavinet; percussion – Kevin Lassiter
  • Alto saxophone; vocals; keyboards; percussion; congas – Dennis Thomas
  • Tenor, soprano, and alto saxophones; alto flute; Clavinet; ARP synthesizer; vocals; keyboards; percussion – Khalis Bayyan
  • Trumpet; flugelhorn; percussion; vocals – Robert Mickens
  • Vocals; percussion; valve and slide trombones; tuba – Otha Nash
  • Vocals – Beverley Owens, Cynthia Huggins, Joan Motley, Renee Connell
  • Strings – MFSB; arranged by John Davis
  • Arranged by – Kool And The Gang
  • Special effects – Jimmy J. Jordan
  • Producer – K&G Productions
  • Executive producer – Claydes Smith
  • Co-producer – George Brown
  • Mixed by, executive producer – Ronald Bell
  • Engineer, mixed by – Nils Salminen, Terry Rosiello
  • Cover painting artwork by – DeEs Schwertberger

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Kool & the Gang: The Force" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2011.