The Force (Kool & the Gang album)

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The Force
The Force1977.jpg
Studio album by
ProducerKool and the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Open Sesame
The Force
Everybody's Dancin'
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[1]

The Force is the ninth studio by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released in 1977. It failed to generate much impact, and is considered unsuccessful.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
1."A Place in Space"Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang4:49
2."Slick Superchick"George Brown, Kool & the Gang4:05
3."Just Be True"Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang4:21
4."The Force"Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang4:26
Side 1
1."Mighty, Mighty High"Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang6:51
2."Oasis"Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang6:06
3."Life's a Song"Claydes Smith, Kool & the Gang2:58
4."Free"Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang2:11


  • Ronald Bell – vocals, keyboards, clavinet, ARP synthesizer, percussion, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, alto flute
  • Kevin Lassiter – vocals, keyboards, clavinet, Minimoog, percussion
  • George Brown – vocals, keyboards, clavinet, drums, percussion
  • Dennis Thomas – vocals, keyboards, congas, percussion, alto saxophone
  • Claydes Smith – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion
  • Robert "Kool" Bell – vocals, bass guitar, percussion
  • Otha Nash – vocals, valve and slide trombones, tuba, percussion
  • Robert Mickens – vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion
Additional Personnel
  • Jimmy J. Jordan – special effects
  • Donal Boyce – voice (1, 4)
  • Cynthia Huggins – lead vocals (6)
  • Female vocals – Renee Connel, Cynthia Huggins, Joan Motley and Beverly Owens
  • Arthur Capehart – trumpet (7)
  • Strings on 6 & 7 – MFSB; arranged by John Davis


  • Producer – K&G Productions
  • Arrangements – Kool and The Gang
  • Co-Producer – George Brown
  • Executive Producers – Ronald Bell and Claydes Smith
  • Engineers – Terry Rosiello and Nils Salminen
  • Mixing – Ronald Bell, Terry Rosiello and Nils Salminen.
  • Recorded at De-Lite Recorded Sound Studio (Philadelphia, PA).
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Cover Painting – DeEs Schwertberger


  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Kool & the Gang: The Force" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2011.