Sunday, 6 September 2009

Kool & The Gang ”Love & Understanding”

Kool & The Gang

Love & Understanding
( LP De-Lite Records, 1976 )
Catalog # DEP-2018

A1 Love & Understanding (7:53)
Written-By – C. Smith, R. Bell
A2 Sugar (5:37)
Written-By – G. Brown
A3 Do It Right Now (3:56)
Written-By – O. Nash
A4 Cosmic Energy (3:15)
Written-By – C. Smith, R. Bell
B1 Hollywood Swinging (5:43)
Written-By – R. West
B2 Summer Madness (8:02)
Written-By – A. Taylor , R. Mickens
B3 Universal Sound (4:06)
Written-By – R. Bell
B4 Come Together (2:38)
Written-By – C. Smith, R. Bell

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By, Written-By – Kool & The Gang
Backing Vocals – Don Boyce , Royal Jackson,
Something Sweet , Tomorrow’s Edition
Bass, Vocals – Robert ‘Kool’ Bell
Drums, Vocals, Percussion – George M. Brown
Engineer – B. Clearwater , H. Goldberg, T. Rosiello
Executive Producer – Khalis Bayyan
Guitar – Claydes Smith , Kevin Bell
Mastered By – Earl Williams
Mixed By – Terry Rosiellio
Piano – Ricky West
Producer – K.G. Productions, K.G. Productions
Saxophone [Alto] – Peter Duarte
Saxophone [Alto], Vocals, Flute, Congas – Dennis Thomas
Saxophone [Tenor] – Dennis White
Saxophone [Tenor], Flute [Alto], Piano, Vocals,
Synthesizer [Arp] – Ronald Bell
Trombone – Ray Wright
Trombone, Vocals – Otha Nash
Trumpet – Spike Mickens
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals – Larry Gittens

Recorded at Media Sound
B1, B2 & B3 were recorded live
at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1976

Following on the heels of their 1975 smash Spirit of the Boogie, Kool & the Gang hit the road to tour the album and record new material. One tumultuous show, at London's Rainbow Theatre, became the core of Love & Understanding. Three live tracks, "Hollywood Swinging," "Summer Madness," and a dreamily mellow "Universal Sound," are all excellent reminders of just how good this band could sound when they found the vibe and had the funk firmly in hand. But as good as this stuff is, there are ominous glimmers among the goods, of musical moves the band were contemplating -- heard most markedly in the bland "Sugar" and "Do It Right Now." For, despite the sureness with which they were creating driving funk, they were also struggling with the oncoming disco explosion. That push-pull was duly reflected in the album. The studio tracks are the most uneven. At their best, they are dominated by the opening title track and its near-instrumental twin shadow "Come Together," which closes. Both songs are horn heavy, an insistent call for unity, love, and peace. The rest of the album is sandwiched between this jazzy cacophony but, despite the rocky moments, Love and Understanding remains a remarkable album, recorded at a time when the band was still reveling in the grip of pure funk, uncorrupted by the mainstream.
By Amy Hanson (AMG)

By Pier

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