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Genre: R&B/Soul

Released: 1974

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Light of Worlds – Kool & the Gang

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FruitmanKool & the Gang5:24$0.99
Rhyme Tyme PeopleKool & the Gang3:23$0.99
Light of WorldsKool & the Gang4:25$0.99
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Summer MadnessKool & the Gang4:17$1.29
Here AfterKool & the Gang2:56$0.99

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Even as Earth, Wind & Fire married rock-inspired funk to jazz-informed playing, Kool & the Gang topped R&B and pop charts with an even harder amalgam of similar styles. Long a moderately successful act with jams like "Let the Music Take Your Mind," the Gang hit big in 1973 and '74 with irresistibly raucous singles like "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging." Light of Worlds was their first album after this breakout, and continued to offer a nearly surreal approach to the funk ("Rhyme Tyme People") while tweaking the mellower side of the band's influences (the original, superior version of "Summer Madness," an often sampled classic). Soon enough, such venturesome reach would be a thing of the past, as Kool & the Gang headed for the middle of the road. But this album captures them at a peak of inventiveness and happy mischief.


Customer Reviews

Awesome (5 stars)
I haven't heard the rest of the album, but "Summer Madness" is such a cool, low key song. Perfect for just chillin' by the pool smoking an L.

Light of Worlds (5 stars)
Great album. Summer Madness reminds me of great, hot, sweaty summernights in Brooklyn, NY, sitting on my fire escape, slightly tipsy and looking at Manhattan's skyline...

cool (5 stars)
Summer madness is cool


Formed: 1964 in Jersey City, NJ
Genre: R&B/Soul
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed as a jazz ensemble in the mid-'60s, Kool & the Gang became one of the most inspired and influential funk units during the '70s, and one of the most popular R&B groups of the '80s after their breakout hit "Celebration" in 1979. Just as funky as James Brown or Parliament (and sampled almost as frequently), Kool & the Gang relied on their jazz backgrounds and long friendship to form a tightly knit group...

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