The Force (Kool & the Gang album)

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The Force
The Force1977.jpg
Studio album by
Released1977
GenreFunk
Length35:47
LabelDe-Lite
ProducerKool and the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Open Sesame
(1976)
The Force
(1977)
Everybody's Dancin'
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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 any major impact, and is now recognized as one of two albums between the group's two periods of success. It was after the first string of hits in the mid and early 1970s, and before the group hit it big in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Production[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

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