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Kool & The Gang’s fourth studio album is a full-on funkfest, finding Robert “Kool” Bell and co. neck-deep in hard-grinding grooves. With its serpentine horn lines and down-and-dirty feel, “Jungle Boogie” is the band at its party-starting best, but the appropriately titled “Funky Stuff” and the hectic, heavy-grooving “This Is You, This Is Me” hit just as hard. The band take a couple of brief breaks from funking it up, too: Dreamy ballad “Heaven at Once” and the breezy, jazzy title track hint at their multifaceted musical makeup.

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Mathematically putting it down!

Everyone gravitates toward ‘Jungle Boogie’ and ‘Funky Stuff’ but give the whole album a listen . . . for me ‘This Is You, This Is Me’ trumps them all. The tempo starts out full throttle and doesn’t break stride for five and half minutes. The horns weave in and out of the vocals creating a wonderful jazz / funk fusion. The “Scientists of Sound” really could put it down. Dig into the whole album – it is worth it!

Hey, Hey, Hey...What You Got to Say?

Answer: Hollywood Swinging! This is simply a classic, fun album with Kool and the Gang putting out tunes that I can still sing verbatim to this day. With tunes like 'Jungle Boogie', 'Hollywood Swinging' and 'Funky Stuff' contrasting with the jazzy and introspective 'Wild and Peaceful', you have the essence of a superb album. Well worth the investment!


This is an amazing album, which is so far removed from Kool & The Gang's 1980s output, that it's almost hard to believe that it's the same band. Nevertheless, there isn't a weak track on here. From the moment "Funky Stuff" kicks things off with its fat splanks of bass and horn stabs to the moment the jazzy strains of the title track fade, this is a ride well worth taking, again and again. Buy this whole album, then check out some of their other pre-disco stuff, too. It's some of the hardest funk and most mind-blowing fusion jazz that you'll ever hear.


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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