Emergency (Kool & the Gang album)

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Emergency
Emergency1984.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 1984
RecordedOctober 1983-August 1984
GenrePost-disco
R&B
Length35:47
LabelDe-Lite
ProducerKool and the Gang, Jim Bonnefond, Ronald Bell
Kool & the Gang chronology
In the Heart
(1983)
Emergency
(1984)
Forever
(1986)
Singles from Emergency
  1. "Misled"
    Released: November 2, 1984
  2. "Fresh"
    Released: November 24, 1984
  3. "Cherish"
    Released: May 10, 1985
  4. "Emergency"
    Released: August 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Village Voice(B-)[2]
Record Mirror4/5 stars[3]
Stereo Review(favourable)[4]

Emergency is the sixteenth studio album by the American band Kool & the Gang, released in 1984. It ultimately became the group's biggest selling career album, earning Double Platinum status in America, Platinum in Canada, and Silver in the UK.

The album produced four US top 20 hit singles including "Fresh" (US #9); "Misled" (US #10); the title track "Emergency" (US #18); and the album's biggest hit, the million-selling "Cherish" (US #2). "Fresh", "Misled", and "Cherish" also cracked the top 40 in the UK reaching #11, #28, and #4 respectively while "Emergency" only reached #50 in that country.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Emergency"Brown, Taylor, Kool & the Gang5:17
2."Fresh"Taylor, Linzer, Kool & the Gang4:22
3."Misled"Bell, Taylor, Kool & the Gang4:56
4."Cherish"Bell, Taylor, Kool & the Gang4:47
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Surrender"Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang5:00
2."Bad Woman"Brown, Taylor, Kool & the Gang5:35
3."You Are the One"Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang7:00

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Jim Bonnefond – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Ronald Bell – producer, mixing
  • Brian Hagiwara – photography, cover photo
  • Jose Luis Rodríguez – mastering
  • Jose Rodriguez – mastering
  • John Rollo – remixing
  • Joe Roth – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Kendal Stubbs – engineer, mixing
  • Gabe Vigorito – coordination, mixing
  • Murry Whiteman – art direction
  • Joe Gastwirt - CD Mastering

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. "Kool & the Gang: Emergency" at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Kool and the Gang: Emergency". robertchristgau.com. Village Voice.
  3. ^ Gardner, Mike. "Kool and the Gang: Emergency". Vol. 31 no. 50. Record Mirror. p. 18. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  4. ^ Garland, Phyl (May 1985). "Kool and the Gang: Emergency" (PDF). americanradiohistory.com. Vol. 50 no. 5. Stereo Review. p. 95.
  5. ^ "Emergency > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Kool & The Gang – Emergency". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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