Light of Worlds

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Light of Worlds
Light Of Worlds1974.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1974
Media Sound Studios
(New York, New York)
GenreFunk, soul, jazz
ProducerK. & G. Productions
Kool & the Gang chronology
Wild and Peaceful
Light of Worlds
Spirit of the Boogie
Reissue cover
Alternative Cover
Alternative Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(favorable)[1]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[2]
Yahoo! Music(favorable)[3]

Light of Worlds is the fifth studio album, and seventh album of new material by the American R&B group Kool & the Gang. Released in 1974, it was later remastered by Polygram and was a second success for the band, reaching number 16 in the R&B Charts and number 63 in the Pop Charts. It was a landmark in the funk/jazz fusion genre of the 1970s.

Light of Worlds is regarded as Kool & the Gang's most spiritual and sophisticated work, produced in the wake of the success of their previous album, Wild and Peaceful. While it was their seventh album of original material, the band considered Light of the Worlds their ninth LP (counting two compilations), and therefore consciously chose nine songs for the album to represent the nine planets in the solar system. The album contains rock-inspired funk set to jazz-informed playing with afrobeat influences and a tinge of analogue synthesizing.

"Summer Madness" is considered to be the album's highlight, incorporating smooth melodies and a synthesizer. It was later released as a single, with a follow-up titled "Winter Sadness" in Kool & the Gang's Spirit of the Boogie a year later. A remake of "Summer Madness" was released on their 1993 album Unite titled "WKOOL/Summer".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Street Corner Symphony"Kool & the Gang, Bayyan4:32
2."Fruitman"Kool & the Gang, Westfield5:19
3."Rhyme Tyme People"Kool & the Gang, Saunders, Thomas3:19
4."Light of Worlds"Kool & the Gang, Smith4:21
Side two
1."Whiting H. & G."Kool & the Gang, Bayyan3:17
2."You Don't Have to Change"Kool & the Gang, Mickens2:39
3."Higher Plane"Kool & the Gang, Bayyan4:57
4."Summer Madness"Kool & the Gang, Mickens, Taylor4:16
5."Here After"Kool & the Gang, Bayyan2:54


Song R&B Charts Pop Charts
"Higher Plane" No.1 No.37
"Rhyme Tyme People" No.3 No.63
"Summer Madness" No.36 No.35


  • Khalis Bayyan - Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Arranger, Piano (Electric), Sax (Tenor), Vocals, Clavinet, Kalimba, Mellotron
  • Robert "Kool" Bell - Bass, Vocals
  • George "Funky" Brown - Percussion, Drums, Gong
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens — Trumpet, Arranger, Flugelhorn
  • Claydes Charles Smith - Guitar, Percussion, Arranger, Conductor, Vibraphone
  • Ricky West — Piano, Arranger
  • Dennis "D.T." Thomas — Arranger, Sax (Alto)

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Herb Lane — Vocals
  • Alton Taylor — Vocals
  • Penni Phynjuar Saunders — Vocals
  • Richard Shade — Vocals (background)
  • Kenneth Banks — Vocals (background)
  • Al Pazant — Trumpet
  • Ed Pazant — Sax (Alto), Oboe
  • Bob Clearmountain - Engineer
  • Godfrey Diamond — Engineer
  • Harvey Goldberg — Engineer
  • Alec Head — Engineer
  • Gary N. Mayo — Digital Remastering
  • Mitchell Kanner — Cover Design
  • Cleveland "Clevie" Browne — Liner Notes
  • David Lartaud — Photography

Use of "Summer Madness"[edit]

From this album, the song "Summer Madness" has been used in various features, such as:


  1. ^ Palmer, Bob. Review: Light of Worlds. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-07-19.
  2. ^ Hoard, Christian. "Review: Light of Worlds". Rolling Stone: 464. November 2, 2004.
  3. ^ Leroy, Dan. Review: Light of Worlds. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-07-19.


  • Cleveland Brown. Light of Worlds liner notes. PolyGram Records, Inc.
  • Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.

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