Kool & the Gang

Icons: Kool & the Gang

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Starting with the title track from the 1969 self-titled debut and concluding with 1986's "Stone Love," Icons -- released in the U.K., not to be confused with the 12-track U.S. release Icon -- covers a lot of Kool & the Gang ground. No shenanigans here. This is a straightforward anthology that contains the group's major singles, including "Funky Stuff," "Jungle Boogie," "Hollywood Swinging," "Summer Madness," "Ladies Night," "Get Down on It," and "Cherish." If you're open-minded enough to enjoy Kool & the Gang's early funk period as well as their slick and commercial later work, you could do far worse than this.