Kool & the Gang

Live Hits

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You wouldn't know it by glancing at the cover, but the material on Live Hits -- released by Rhino's budget-line Flashback division -- does not come from a '70s performance. Instead, this disc comes from the 1992/1993 Unite-era lineup (meaning no JT Taylor), and it rolls through some of the group's biggest hits, including "Jungle Boogie," "Celebration," "Get Down on It," and even "Take My Heart." These are slick, surprisingly bloodless performances, and the crowd noise is mixed to an unnaturally high level (if not patched in from another source). It's quite similar to Live, released around the same time by the always suspect St. Clair label, but it's kept to ten tracks, per Flashback's customary track limit. Needless to say, Live at P.J.'s (or even Live at the Sex Machine) it is not.

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