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]

  • Bass guitar; vocals; percussion – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums; vocals; percussion; keyboards; Clavinet – George Brown
  • Electric guitar; acoustic guitar; percussion; vocals – Claydes Smith
  • Keyboards; vocals; Mini-Moog synthesizer; Clavinet; percussion – Kevin Lassiter
  • Alto saxophone; vocals; keyboards; percussion; congas – Dennis Thomas
  • Tenor, soprano, and alto saxophones; alto flute; Clavinet; ARP synthesizer; vocals; keyboards; percussion – Ronald Bell
  • Trumpet; flugelhorn; percussion; vocals – Robert Mickens
  • Vocals; percussion; valve and slide trombones; tuba – Otha Nash
  • Vocals – Beverley Owens, Cynthia Huggins, Joan Motley, Renee Connell
  • Strings – MFSB; arranged by John Davis
  • Arranged by – Kool And The Gang
  • Special effects – Jimmy J. Jordan
  • Producer – K&G Productions
  • Executive producer – Claydes Smith
  • Co-producer – George Brown
  • Mixed by, executive producer – Ronald Bell
  • Engineer, mixed by – Nils Salminen, Terry Rosiello
  • Cover painting artwork by – DeEs Schwertberger

References[edit]

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