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Editors’ Notes

Kool & The Gang continued the winning streak begun on Ladies Night with Celebrate!, which perfects its predecessor’s subtle disco grooves. Like Ladies Night, the album is built around its sterling title song. “Celebration” is one of the most recognizable songs of all time and it was quickly adopted by the public — first by being used to welcome home the Iran hostages, and then as Walter Mondale’s campaign song. Group leader Ronald Bell was right when he predicted the song would be an “international anthem.” In the shadow of such a universal hit the rest of Celebrate! is bound to disappear, but a closer listen shows the album to be the band’s most consistent effort from this period. “Take It To the Top,” “Morning Star” and “Night People” display the disco formula in its most refined state — lush, smooth, with each layer of sound finely integrated into the one below it, like clockwork. “Just Friends” and “Love Affair” are vehicles for J.T. Taylor’s amiable vocals, and if “Celebration” wasn’t an once-in-a-lifetime single, it’s likely that “Love Festival” would have become the album’s standout hit.

Customer Reviews

awsome

this is awsome

Great Album

Morning Star is the reason I gave this album a five star rating.

Too Kool

I got this tape (album) for Christmas in 1980 when I was 6 yrs old. It was the first "album" I ever owned. 30 years later and it's still smooth as hell. What ever happened to melody and harmony with a little soul in R&B music? K&tG got it right.

Biography

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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