Kool and The Gang – Kool and The Gang (1969/1996)

Kool and The Gang - Kool and The Gang (1969/1996)
Artist: Kool and The Gang
Album: Kool and The Gang
Genre: Instrumental Funk
Label: Polygram
Released: 1969/1996
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Tracklist:
Kool & The Gang (2:57)
Breeze & Soul (5:29)
Chocolate Buttermilk (2:14)
Sea Of Tranquility (3:33)
Give It Up (3:40)
Since I Lost My Baby (2:07)
Kool’s Back Again (2:53)
The Gang’s Back Again (2:44)
Raw Hamburger (3:37)
Let The Music Take Your Mind (2:58)

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Kool & the Gang’s funky debut was an unexpected hit, with a first single (self-titled) climbing both the pop and R&B charts. Subsequent singles — “The Gang’s Back Again,” “Let the Music Take Your Mind,” and “Funky Man,” — followed the first into the charts, and there were plenty of other standout tracks: “Raw Hamburger,” “Chocolate Buttermilk,” and “Kool’s Back Again.” Though barely over a half an hour long, Kool and the Gang is a blast of a record containing strong elements that would become the band’s trademarks: smooth melodies, suave rhythms, and brassy horns. This is one of Kool & the Gang’s jazzier albums and a strong debut worth checking out, though less accessible than any of their later pop recordings.
Review by JT Griffith

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