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.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine