Wild and Peaceful (Kool & the Gang album)

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Wild and Peaceful
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1973
RecordedApril–May 1973
GenreFunk, R&B
ProducerKool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Good Times
Wild and Peaceful
Light of Worlds
Singles from Wild and Peaceful
  1. "Funky Stuff"
    Released: September 1973
  2. "Jungle Boogie"
    Released: November 24, 1973
  3. "Hollywood Swinging"
    Released: April 6, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[2]
Stereo Review(favourable)[4][5]

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. It was released in 1973 and was hugely successful on the Billboard R&B chart, reaching No. 6 and charting for 36 weeks. It also reached No. 33 on the Pop charts, making it the band's first entry into that chart's Top 40.[6] The album spawned the band's first three Top 10 singles. "Funky Stuff" reached No. 5 R&B/No. 29 Pop. The hugely popular track "Jungle Boogie" soared to No. 2 R&B and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Hollywood Swinging" topped the Billboard Hot Soul Singles in June 1974 while reaching No. 6 Pop.[7] 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
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
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


  • 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)


  • 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


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  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. ^ Easlea, Daryl (2009). "Kool & The Gang Wild And Peaceful Review". bbc.co.uk. BBC.
  4. ^ Vance, Joel (November 1974). "Kool and the Gang: Wild and Peaceful" (PDF). americanradiohistory.com. Vol. 33 no. 5. Stereo Review. p. 102.
  5. ^ Vance, Joel (November 1974). "Kool and the Gang: Wild and Peaceful" (PDF). americanradiohistory.com. Vol. 33 no. 5. Stereo Review. p. 103.
  6. ^ "Wild and Peaceful > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Wild and Peaceful > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Kool & The Gang – Wild & Peaceful". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.