Kool and the Gang (album)

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Kool and the Gang
Kool and the Gang1969.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1969
RecordedBell Sound Studio
New York City, New York
GenreR&B, soul jazz, funk
Length32:12
LabelDe-Lite
ProducerGene Redd
Kool & the Gang chronology
Kool and the Gang
(1969)
Live at the Sex Machine
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
(The New) Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[2]

Kool and the Gang is the self-titled debut studio album by funk band Kool & the Gang. The album was released in December 1969,[3] and charted on the Billboard R&B album chart at #43.

Singles[edit]

Singles "Kool and the Gang" and "Let The Music Take Your Mind" both reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

De-Lite Records – DE-2003:

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Kool & The Gang"Kool and the Gang2:54
2."Breeze & Soul"Gene Redd & Kool and the Gang5:29
3."Chocolate Buttermilk"Gene Redd & Kool and the Gang2:14
4."Sea of Tranquility"Gene Redd & Kool and the Gang3:34
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Give It Up"Gene Redd & Kool and the Gang3:40
2."Since I Lost My Baby"Warren Moore & Smokey Robinson2:08
3."Kool's Back Again"Gene Redd, Jimmy Crosby & Kool and the Gang2:48
4."The Gang's Back Again"Gene Redd, Jimmy Crosby & Kool and the Gang2:46
5."Raw Hamburger"Gene Redd3:36
Total length:32:12
CD release bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
10."Let The Music Take Your Mind"Gene Redd & Kool and the Gang2:58
Total length:35:10

Personnel[edit]

  • Dennis "D.T." Thomas – alto saxophone, flute, percussion, vocals
  • Khalis Bayyan – tenor and soprano saxophones, alto flute, vocals
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
  • Claydes Smith – guitars
  • Woody Sparrow – guitars
  • Ricky West – keyboards, piano, vocals
  • Robert "Kool" Bell – bass, vocals
  • George "Funky" Brown – drums, percussion, vocals

Singles[edit]

  • "Kool & The Gang"/"Raw Hamburger" (#19 R&B/#59 pop) (1969)
  • "The Gang's Back Again"/"Kool's Back Again" (#37/#85) (1969)
  • "Let the Music Take Your Mind"/"Chocolate Buttermilk" (#19/#78) (1970)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griffith, JT. "Kool & the Gang" at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  2. ^ (The New) Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 2004. pp. 464–465.
  3. ^ "History - Kool and the Gang". koolandthegang.com. Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  4. ^ "Kool and the Gang: Let The Music Take Your Mind (Hot R&B Songs)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  5. ^ "Kool and the Gang: Kool and the Gang (Hot R&B Songs)". billboard.com. Billboard.