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Album Review

It's yet another Kool & the Gang compilation, this time an installment in Universal's cheaply packaged (but ecologically conscious) Number 1's series. Not all of the selections went to number one on the R&B singles chart. Some reached number two or three — which means that they are designated as bonus tracks — while one ("Get Down on It") comes from an album that went to number one. For the most part, this is a decent way to become more familiar with the band's more pop-oriented material, while other sets place more focus upon the years when it played straight-up funk (as highlighted with "Jungle Boogie," one of the bonus tracks). Do keep in mind that much of the band's best material came nowhere near the top of any chart.

Customer Reviews


kool and the gang is one of the best bands in history. The music is amazing and so is the singing.

Sooo cool !

These guys are CLASSICS !!! How can you not love them ?! iTunes put sooo many great hits on here ! 5 stars ! FIVE !! ***** ....... And I got the 1st reveiw xD WHOO !

Better than you remember

We caught these guys live last night after the PHX Rock and Roll Marathon and they were truly fantastic. We couldn't believe how great song after great song kept coming! Their moves are tight, the show is a party onstage, and the songs are better than we'd remembered. Highly recommended for parties, working out, or lazy afternoons.


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 with the interplay and improvisation of a jazz outfit, plus the energy and spark of a band...
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