Love & Understanding

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Love & Understanding
Love & Understanding1976.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1976
Recorded1975
GenreFunk
Length41:26
LabelDe-Lite
ProducerKool and the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Spirit of the Boogie
(1975)
Love & Understanding
(1976)
Open Sesame
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Love & Understanding is the seventh studio album by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released in 1976. The album had mild success. Three tracks, "Hollywood Swinging", "Summer Madness" and "Universal Sound" were recorded live at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Love & Understanding"Claydes Smith, Khalis Bayyan, Kool & the Gang7:51
2."Sugar"George Brown, Kool & the Gang5:37
3."Do It Right Now"Otha Nash, Kool & the Gang3:55
4."Cosmic Energy"Smith, Bayyan, Kool & the Gang3:11
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hollywood Swinging" (live)Ricky West, Kool & the Gang5:40
2."Summer Madness" (live)Alton Taylor, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Kool & the Gang8:01
3."Universal Sound" (live)Bayyan, Kool & the Gang4:04
4."Come Together"Smith, Bayyan, Kool & the Gang2:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass, vocals – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums, percussion, vocals – George Brown
  • Guitar – Claydes Smith, Kevin Bell
  • Piano – Ricky West
  • Alto saxophone – Peter Duarte
  • Alto saxophone, vocals, flute, congas – Dennis Thomas
  • Tenor saxophone – Dennis White
  • Tenor saxophone, alto flute, piano, vocals, ARP synthesizerRonald Bell
  • Trombone – Ray Wright
  • Trombone, vocals – Otha Nash
  • Trumpet – Spike Mickens
  • Trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals – Larry Gitten
  • Backing vocals – Don Boyce, Royal Jackson, Something Sweet, Tomorrow's Edition

Production[edit]

  • Produced, Arranged and Written by Kool & the Gang
  • Executive Producer – Khalis Bayyan
  • Engineers – B. Clearwater, Harvey Goldberg and Terry Rosiello.
  • Mixed by Terry Rosiellio
  • Mastered by Earl Williams
  • Design – Frank Daniel
  • Photography – Simon De Cherpitel and Bill Peronneau

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Kool & the Gang: Love & Understanding > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Kool & the Gang Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Kool & the Gang Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  4. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1976". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2021.