Music Is the Message

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Music Is the Message
Music Is The Message1972.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1972
GenreFunk, soul, R&B
ProducerGene Redd, Jr., Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Live at PJ's
Music Is the Message
Good Times
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Music Is the Message is the second studio album, and the fourth album of new material released by the funk band Kool & the Gang. The album was released in 1972, although the band's widespread recognition would not come until 1973's Wild and Peaceful.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Kool & the Gang; except where indicated.

Side 1
1."Music Is the Message"5:18
2."Electric Frog (Part 1)"3:43
3."Electric Frog (Part 2)"3:02
4."Soul Vibrations"4:39
Side 2
1."Love the Life You Live (Part 1)"Kool & the Gang, Gene Redd3:01
2."Love the Life You Live (Part 2)"Kool & the Gang, Gene Redd2:48
3."Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"Thom Bell, Linda Creed3:26
4."Blowin' with the Wind" 2:31
5."Funky Granny"Kool & the Gang, Gene Redd5:55


  • Dennis "D. T." Thomas – alto saxophone, vocals, flute, percussion
  • Ronald Bell – tenor saxophone, vocals, alto flute
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens – trumpet, vocals, flugelhorn, percussion
  • Claydes Smith – guitar
  • Rick West – pianos, ARP synthesizer, vocals
  • Robert "Kool" Bell – bass, vocals
  • George Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
Additional personnel
  • Assunta Dell’Aquila – harp


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Kool & the Gang: Music is the Message" at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2011.