Kool & the Gang

The Best of Kool & the Gang 1969-1976

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Although Kool & the Gang became pop superstars in the 1980s on the strength of J.T. Taylor's silky voice and several catchy arrangements, R&B fans regard their true glory days as the 1970s. The New Jersey-based ensemble patented a jazz-tinged funk approach keyed by Robert "Kool" Bell's basslines, red-hot horn lines, chunky keyboards and guitar riffs, and functional vocals. Although they seldom ventured beyond the R&B charts during this era, their music had far more bite than their later pop hits. These 16 cuts pay homage to Kool & the Gang's funk roots, and should be a revelation to those who only know them as the light ensemble behind J.T. Taylor.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:06 Spotify
2 6:22
3 3:19 Spotify
4 4:37 Spotify
5 5:40 Spotify
6 3:38 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:14 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:04 Spotify
9 4:20 Amazon
10 4:26
11 2:47
12 8:00
13 6:28
14 3:00 Amazon
15 7:50 Amazon
16 4:51 SpotifyAmazon
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