Kool & the Gang

Greatest Hits Live [Rhino]

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

In the grand tradition of albums titled Greatest Hits Live, Kool & the Gang's 1998 Rhino release Greatest Hits Live finds the band running through its greatest hits several years past its prime. Recorded in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, the album consists primarily of early-'80s hits, such as "Joanna," "Cherish," "Ladies Night," "Too Hot," and "Celebration," which is good, since the band is now too slick to pull of the ferocious funk of its early albums. Kool & the Gang are veteran musicians, so they're able to make these performances entertaining, but when compared to the original studio versions, these are a little pat and predictable. It may be of interest to the hardcore fan, but it's unnecessary for everyone else.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Kool & the Gang 04:56 Amazon
2 Kool & the Gang 03:43 Amazon
3 Kool & the Gang 01:57 Amazon
4 Kool & the Gang 02:28 Amazon
5 Kool & the Gang 04:57 Amazon
6 Kool & the Gang 09:29 Amazon
7 Kool & the Gang 03:33 Amazon
8 Kool & the Gang 05:54 Amazon
9 Kool & the Gang 04:35 Amazon
10 Kool & the Gang 02:10 Amazon
11 Kool & the Gang 04:44 Amazon
12 Kool & the Gang 04:22 Amazon
13 Kool & the Gang 03:49 Amazon
14 Kool & the Gang 03:25 Amazon
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