Wild and Peaceful (Kool & the Gang album)

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Wild and Peaceful
Studio album by Kool & the Gang
Released September 1973
Genre Funk
Length 37:45
Label De-Lite
Producer Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Good Times
(1972)
Wild and Peaceful
(1973)
Light of Worlds
(1974)
Singles from Wild and Peaceful
  1. "Funky Stuff"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Jungle Boogie"
    Released: November 24, 1973
  3. "Hollywood Swinging"
    Released: 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[2]

Wild and Peaceful is the fourth studio album released by the funk band Kool & the Gang, and is their commercial breakthrough album. The album was released in 1973 and was hugely successful on the Billboard R&B chart reaching #6 and charting for 36 weeks. It also reached #33 on the Pop charts, making it the band's first entry into that chart's Top 40.[3] The album spawned the band's first 3 Top 10 singles. "Funky Stuff" reached #5 R&B/#29 Pop. The hugely popular track on the album, "Jungle Boogie", soared to #2 R&B and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Hollywood Swinging" topped the Billboard Hot Soul Singles in June 1974 while reaching #6 Pop.[4] The latter two singles both sold over a million copies and were certified Gold by the RIAA. The album itself was also certified Gold.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Funky Stuff"   Brown, Kool & the Gang 3:00
2. "More Funky Stuff"   Kool & the Gang 2:50
3. "Jungle Boogie"   Kool & the Gang 3:03
4. "Heaven at Once"   Bell, Kool & the Gang 5:01
5. "Hollywood Swinging"   Kool & the Gang, West 4:36
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Is You, This Is Me"   Brown, Kool & the Gang 5:23
2. "Life Is What You Make It"   Kool & the Gang, Thomas 3:53
3. "Wild and Peaceful"   Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 9:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Fender bass, vocals – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums, vocals, percussion – "Funky" George Brown
  • Electric piano, vocals – Ricky West
  • Guitar – Clay Smith
  • Alto saxophone, flute, congas, vocals – Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas
  • Tenor and soprano saxophone, vocals – Ronald Bell
  • Trumpet, vocals – Robert "Spike" Mickens
  • Engineer – Harvey Goldberg, Jeff Lesser
  • Produced and arranged by Kool & The Gang

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Kool & the Gang: Wild and Peaceful > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  2. ^ Gersten, Russel (11 April 1974). "Kool & the Gang: Wild and Peaceful". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 158). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Wild and Peaceful > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Wild and Peaceful > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2011.