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Kool & The Gang|Wild And Peaceful

Wild And Peaceful

Kool & The Gang

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Prior to James "JT" Taylor adding pop flavor vocals, which help garner a handful of top selling albums, this was Kool & the Gang's most successful album, spawning three bonafide R&B hits. Produced by Robert Bell, and featuring Donal Boyce's incredulous vocals, these songs have held up well. The fast, chugging "Jungle Boogie" was a club favorite, while "Funky Stuff," with its "whoa whoa whoa" hook, was slower and spacier than "Jungle Boogie." The band formerly known as the Jazziacs got their first R&B number one with "Hollywood Swinging," a slightly faster than mid-tempo song with whistles, festive ambiance and lead vocals by keyboardist Ricky West. All three hits were inspired by Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa," and were recorded in one night at a studio in midtown Manhattan. The title cut flash backs to their prerecording jazz days, when they dazzled New Jerseyites with their playing skills.

© Andrew Hamilton /TiVo

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1
Funky Stuff
00:03:03

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lesser, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang, MainArtist - Claydes Smith, ComposerLyricist - Richard Westfield, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Melvin Brown, ComposerLyricist - Robert Spike Mickens, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang Enterprises, Inc., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
More Funky Stuff (Album Version)
00:02:53

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lesser, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang, MainArtist - Claydes Smith, ComposerLyricist - Richard Westfield, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Melvin Brown, ComposerLyricist - Robert Spike Mickens, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang Enterprises, Inc., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Jungle Boogie (Album Version)
00:03:06

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Brown, ComposerLyricist - Elliot Lurie, Unknown, Other - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Donald Boyce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jay Landers, Unknown, Other - Jeff Lesser, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang, MainArtist - Claydes Smith, ComposerLyricist - Richard Westfield, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist - Robert Spike Mickens, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang Enterprises, Inc., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher B. Pearman, Unknown, Other

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Heaven At Once (Album Version)
00:05:05

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Claydes Eugene Smith, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lesser, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang, MainArtist - Richard Westfield, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Melvin Brown, ComposerLyricist - Robert Spike Mickens, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang Enterprises, Inc., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rory Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Hollywood Swinging (Album Version)
00:04:39

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Brown, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lesser, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang, MainArtist - Claydes Smith, ComposerLyricist - Richard Westfield, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist - Robert Spike Mickens, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang Enterprises, Inc., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
This Is You, This Is Me (Album Version)
00:05:24

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Claydes Eugene Smith, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lesser, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang, MainArtist - Richard Westfield, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Melvin Brown, ComposerLyricist - Robert Spike Mickens, ComposerLyricist - Tomorrow's Edition, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang Enterprises, Inc., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
Life Is What You Make It (Album Version)
00:03:56

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Claydes Eugene Smith, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lesser, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang, MainArtist - Richard Westfield, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Melvin Brown, ComposerLyricist - Robert Spike Mickens, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang Enterprises, Inc., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
Wild And Peaceful (Album Version)
00:09:29

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Claydes Eugene Smith, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lesser, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang, MainArtist - Richard Westfield, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Melvin Brown, ComposerLyricist - Robert Spike Mickens, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kool & The Gang Enterprises, Inc., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album review

Prior to James "JT" Taylor adding pop flavor vocals, which help garner a handful of top selling albums, this was Kool & the Gang's most successful album, spawning three bonafide R&B hits. Produced by Robert Bell, and featuring Donal Boyce's incredulous vocals, these songs have held up well. The fast, chugging "Jungle Boogie" was a club favorite, while "Funky Stuff," with its "whoa whoa whoa" hook, was slower and spacier than "Jungle Boogie." The band formerly known as the Jazziacs got their first R&B number one with "Hollywood Swinging," a slightly faster than mid-tempo song with whistles, festive ambiance and lead vocals by keyboardist Ricky West. All three hits were inspired by Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa," and were recorded in one night at a studio in midtown Manhattan. The title cut flash backs to their prerecording jazz days, when they dazzled New Jerseyites with their playing skills.

© Andrew Hamilton /TiVo

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