Love & Understanding

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Love & Understanding
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1976
ProducerKool and the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Spirit of the Boogie
Love & Understanding
Open Sesame
Professional ratings
Review scores
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.[2]

The song "Summer Madness" was used in the motion picture Rocky as radio background during a scene in Rocky's home. It is also featured in the soundtrack of the videogame Tony Hawk's Project 8,[3] Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,[4] and in a Nike commercial. "Hollywood Swinging" is featured in the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
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
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


  • 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


  • 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


  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Kool & the Gang: Love & Understanding > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ Love & Understanding at Discogs
  3. ^ Qualls, Eric. "Tony Hawk's Project 8 Soundtrack List". Xbox Games. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Soundtracks for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City". IMDb. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  5. ^ Bramwell, Tom (26 October 2004). "GTA: San Andreas soundtrack listing". Retrieved 29 October 2011.