Love & Understanding

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Love & Understanding
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Studio album by Kool & the Gang
Released March 1976
Genre Funk
Length 41:26
Label De-Lite
Producer Kool and the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Spirit of the Boogie
(1975)
Love & Understanding
(1976)
Open Sesame
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 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
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love & Understanding" Claydes Smith, Khalis Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 7:51
2. "Sugar" George Brown, Kool & the Gang 5:37
3. "Do It Right Now" Otha Nash, Kool & the Gang 3:55
4. "Cosmic Energy" Smith, Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 3:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hollywood Swinging" (live) Ricky West, Kool & the Gang 5:40
2. "Summer Madness" (live) Alton Taylor, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Kool & the Gang 8:01
3. "Universal Sound" (live) Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 4:04
4. "Come Together" Smith, Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 2:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass, vocals – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums, vocals, percussion – 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
  • Arranged and written by – Kool & the Gang
  • Engineer – B. Clearwater, H. Goldberg, T. Rosiello
  • Mixed by – Terry Rosiellio
  • Mastered by – Earl Williams
  • Producer – K.G. Productions
  • Executive producer – Khalis Bayyan

References[edit]

  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. About.com. 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". eurogamer.net. Retrieved 29 October 2011.