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Kool And The Gang Live At P.J.'s Hollywood California (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)

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Kool And The Gang: Live At P.J.'s Hollywood California (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)

(Elemental Music) 8 tracks, gatefold cover with original artwork, 180g Virgin Vinyl, limited edition

The second live album by the funk band Kool and the Gang, Live at P.J.'s, was released in 1971 on the New York label De-Lite. As the title suggests, the LP was recorded at P.J.'s, a popular nightclub and music venue in West Hollywood, California. Kool & the Gang had a string of hits in the '80s, but this period was nowhere near as funky and full of groove and jazz flourishes as their earlier recordings. That soul-jazz blend that they excelled at can also be found on this amazing club performance. The band is on fire throughout the set, tearing through some hot instrumentals, along with some beautiful vocals on the medley of "Ike's Mood" and "You've Got That Lovin' Feelin'". The song "N.T." (No Title) features a widely sampled drum break that has been used in songs by artists such as Nas, Q-Tip, N.W.A., Public Enemy and Blue Boy.

Article properties:Kool And The Gang: Live At P.J.'s Hollywood California (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)

  • Interpret: Kool And The Gang

  • Album titlle: Live At P.J.'s Hollywood California (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)

  • Genre Soul

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Artikelart LP

  • Label Elemental Music

  • EAN: 0600753964385

  • weight in Kg 0.35
Kool & The Gang - Live At P.J.'s Hollywood California (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) LP 1
01NTRedd/Redd/Horn/Handy & Kool & The Gang
02RicksonataR. Westfield/Kool & The Gang
03Sombrero SamCharles Lloyd
04Onnie's GrooveR. Bell/G. Redd & Kool & The Gang
05Ike's MoodIsaac Hayes
06You Lost That Lovin' FeelingB. Mann/Cynthia Weil & P. Spec
07Lucky For MeClaydes Smith
08DujiiR. Westfield
Kool & The Gang Hollywood Swinging  Kool & The Gang Hollywood... more
"Kool And The Gang"

Kool & The Gang

Hollywood Swinging 

Kool & The Gang

Hollywood Swinging 

Jersey City, New Jersey was home to Kool & The Gang, a self-contained unit that split the gap between jazz and funk. Built around the Bell brothers (Robert, aka Kool, on bass and Ronald on tenor sax) with trumpeter Robert ‘Spike’ Mickens, alto saxist Dennis Thomas, guitarist Charles Smith, keyboardist Ricky Westfield, and drummer George Brown, they started out as The Jazziacs in 1964. Their name changed from The Soul Town Band to The New Dimensions to Kool & The Flames and finally Kool & The Gang, the handle they proudly wore when Gene Redd signed them to his New York-based De-Lite Records.

Kool and his crew boasted a raging horn section that could navigate jazz-based passages as well as sweaty funk. Their first hit instrumental, not so imaginatively titled Kool And The Gang, cracked the R&B Top 20 during the fall of 1969. Let The Music Take Your Mindand Funky Man did the same the next year, and the band registered decent-sized hits for De-Lite until the #5 R&B seller Funky Stuff elevated the band in 1973. Out late that year, the roiling Jungle Boogie went gold as it blasted up to #2 R&B and #4 pop, paving the way for their first R&B chart-topper, Hollywood Swinging, during the summer of ’74. It soared to #6 pop and became the group’s second million-seller.

Written as usual by the entire band, the funk-dripping Hollywood Swingingwas influenced by Manu Dibango and Mandrill but instantly identifiable as Kool & The Gang. Funky Stuff, Jungle Boogie, and Hollywood Swinging were all put together during a single rehearsal at Mediasound Studios on 57th Street in Manhattan and laid on tape that same evening—not a bad day’s work! All three smashes were aboard their ‘Wild And Peaceful’ album.

Kool & The Gang could do no wrong. 1974’s Higher Plane and the next year’s Spirit Of The Boogie paced the R&B charts, and they nailed four more Top Ten R&B entries with their funky stew. Then the band hired lead singer James ‘J.T.’ Taylor and got smoother and more seductive on their 1979 #1 R&B entry Ladies Night, followed by Too Hot and then their ’80 platinum monster Celebration, a staple of wedding playlists ever since, which sat atop both the pop and R&B lists.

All the way through the ‘80s, Kool & The Gang reigned as hitmakers, their supple grooves later proving invaluable to contemporary hip-hoppers and rappers. Kool and his younger brother, as well as Thomas and Brown, anchor the group to this day.

- Bill Dahl -


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