Wild and Peaceful (Kool & the Gang album)

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Wild and Peaceful
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1973
Recorded1973
GenreFunk, R&B
Length37:45
LabelDe-Lite
ProducerKool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Good Times
(1972)
Wild and Peaceful
(1973)
Light of Worlds
(1974)
Singles from Wild and Peaceful
  1. "Funky Stuff"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Jungle Boogie"
    Released: November 24, 1973
  3. "Hollywood Swinging"
    Released: 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[2]

Wild and Peaceful is the fourth studio album, and sixth album of new material released by the funk band Kool & the Gang, and is their commercial breakthrough album. The album was released in 1973 and was hugely successful on the Billboard R&B chart reaching #6 and charting for 36 weeks. It also reached #33 on the Pop charts, making it the band's first entry into that chart's Top 40.[3] The album spawned the band's first 3 Top 10 singles. "Funky Stuff" reached #5 R&B/#29 Pop. The hugely popular track "Jungle Boogie" soared to #2 R&B and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Hollywood Swinging" topped the Billboard Hot Soul Singles in June 1974 while reaching #6 Pop.[4] The latter two singles both sold over a million copies and were certified Gold by the RIAA. The album itself was also certified Gold.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Funky Stuff"Brown, Kool & the Gang3:00
2."More Funky Stuff"Kool & the Gang2:50
3."Jungle Boogie"Kool & the Gang3:03
4."Heaven at Once"Bell, Kool & the Gang5:01
5."Hollywood Swinging"Kool & the Gang, Westfield4:36
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."This Is You, This Is Me"Brown, Kool & the Gang5:23
2."Life Is What You Make It"Kool & the Gang, Thomas3:53
3."Wild and Peaceful"Bayyan, Kool & the Gang9:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Robert "Kool" Bell – bass, vocals
  • "Funky" George Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Ricky West – electric piano, vocals
  • Clay Smith – guitar
  • Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas – alto saxophone, flute, congas, vocals
  • Ronald Bell – tenor and soprano saxophones, vocals
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens – trumpet, vocals
Additional Personnel
  • Don Boyce – backing vocals (3)
  • Rory Bell – backing vocals (4)
  • Tomorrow’s Edition (Jerome Gourdine, Aaron Mathis and Wesley Thomas) – backing vocals (6)

Production[edit]

  • Produced and Arranged by Kool & The Gang
  • Engineers – Harvey Goldberg and Jeff Lesser
  • Recorded at MediaSound Studios (New York, NY).
  • Cover Artwork – Joseph Askew
  • Album Design – Richard Askew

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Kool & the Gang: Wild and Peaceful > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  2. ^ Gersten, Russel (11 April 1974). "Kool & the Gang: Wild and Peaceful". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 158). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Wild and Peaceful > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Wild and Peaceful > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2011.