Forever (Kool & the Gang album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 3, 1986
RecordedOctober 1985-August 1986
StudioUnique Recording Studios, New York City[1]
GenreAdult contemporary, urban, dance-pop
ProducerKool and the Gang, Khalis Bayyan, I.B.M.C.
Kool & the Gang chronology
Singles from Forever
  1. "Victory"
    Released: November 1986
  2. "Stone Love"
    Released: February 1987
  3. "Holiday"
    Released: May 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Stereo Review(favourable)[3]

Forever is the seventeenth studio album by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released in 1986. The album included two major hits on the US Hot 100 Chart: "Victory" (US #10, R&B #2) and "Stone Love" (US #10, R&B #4). Two further singles, "Holiday" and "Special Way" were also released from the album; the former reached the top ten on the R&B Chart, the latter hit reached #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[4]

After this album, lead vocalist James "J.T." Taylor would leave the group for a solo career. He would return in 1996 for the State of Affairs album.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
1."Victory"James "J.T." Taylor, Khalis Bayyan4:37
2."I.B.M.C."Taylor, Bayyan4:14
3."Stone Love"Charles Smith, Taylor, Kool & the Gang4:37
4."Forever"Dwania Kyles, Taylor, Bayyan5:03
Side 2
1."Holiday"Curtis Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang4:12
2."Peacemaker"George Brown, Taylor, Kool & the Gang4:35
3."Broadway"Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang3:40
4."Special Way"Kyles, Brown, Taylor, Kendall Stubbs, Bayyan5:26
5."God's Country"Gary Curtis Culpepper, Taylor5:04


  • Bass – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums – George Brown
  • Guitar – Charles Smith
  • Saxophone, keyboards – Khalis Bayyan
  • Keyboards – Curtis "Fitz" Williams
  • Vocals, percussion – James "J.T." Taylor
  • Alto saxophone – Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas
  • Trombone – Clifford Adams
  • Trumpet – Michael Ray, Robert "Spike" Mickens
  • Additional musicians – Alex Williams, Kendal Stubbs, Mark Attalla
  • Backing vocals – Barbara Hernandez, Bert Clardy, Jeff Clardy, Kendal Stubbs, Lisa Foster, Starleana Young
  • Drum programming – Kendal Stubbs
  • Synthesizer and creative software programmed by – Randy Weber
  • Recorded by – Alex Williams, I.B.M.C. Group Processing, Jay Biolic, Kendal Stubbs, Khalis Bayyan, Peter Ibrahim Duarte, Randy Weber
  • Engineer – Kendal Stubbs
  • Assistant engineers – Peter Ibrahim Duarte, Roger Talkov
  • Second engineer - Hit Factory – Craig Vogel
  • Mixed by – Kendal Stubbs, Khalis Bayyan
  • Mastered by – Herb "Pump" Powers, Jr.
  • Producer – I.B.M.C. Group Processing, Khalis Bayyan, Kool & the Gang
  • Executive producer – Gabe Vigorito
  • Art direction – Bill Levy
  • Art design – George Corsillo
  • Cover photography – Gil Gilbert
  • Fashions by – Carl Davis for Lemans Designs
  • Make up – Rosalyn Burns-Brock


Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[6] Gold 94,800[5]
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

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


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  2. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Kool & the Gang: Forever > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  3. ^ Garland, Phyl (May 1987). "Kool and the Gang: Forever" (PDF). Vol. 52 no. 5. Stereo Review. p. 90.
  4. ^ "Forever > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Les Albums Or". SNEP. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Kool & the Gang – Forever" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Kool & The Gang – Forever". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.