Kool & the Gang

The Best of Kool & the Gang [Japan]

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Kool & the Gang fans usually divide along the instrumental finesse of their early-'70s sides or the hit-heavy popularity of their late-'70s and early-'80s material. Titling a disc The Best of Kool & the Gang immediately causes battle lines to be drawn, and the scarcity of material here from their mid-'70s artistic peak -- only "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging" are represented -- makes for a tendentious release. Granted, it is a lengthy compilation of the band's post-breakout chart run, including all of their biggest J.T.-fronted hits: "Celebration," "Ladies Night," "Too Hot," "Joanna," "Emergency," and "Get Down on It." In fact, fans of early Kool may find here a succint set of material complementing the rest of their collections. For those dipping a toe in the water, however, understand that the reign of Kool & the Gang as funk's loose-limbed, good-time band occurred several years before any of these songs were recorded.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:43
2 3:05
3 3:30
4 4:00
5 3:53
6 3:34
7 3:29
8 4:00
9 3:50
10 3:48
11 4:04
12 3:56
13 6:39
14 4:14
15 5:13
16 3:56
17 4:58
18 3:40
19 4:00
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