Kool & The Gang

Kool & The Gang - Open Sesame (1976) [2011, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

Kool & The Gang - Open Sesame (1976) [2011, Remastered & Expanded Edition]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Disco | XLD Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 51:58 Min | 403,62 Mb
Label: Big Break Records (UK) | Cat.# CDBBR 0045 | Released: 2011-04-25 (1976)

"Open Sesame" is the eighth studio album by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released in 1976. The album yielded the hit title track, "Open Sesame", which achieved some success, first as a top ten R&B single, then later as part of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. "Super Band" also reached the R&B top twenty. The album was the second of two albums released by the band in 1976.

Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012  Music

Posted by Designol at April 11, 2017
Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012

Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Urban, R&B, Post-Disco | Label: Universal/Mercury | # UICY-25311 | 00:36:26

With their long track record, Kool & the Gang have always offered dance-provoking rhythms and Something Special fits that bill, too. Featuring the number one single "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)," James "J.T." Taylor approaches the song in a cool, mesmerizing tone, closing out the vamp in his falsetto with a burst of energy while the background vocals chant the subtitle throughout the chorus. Not known to lead a song in falsetto, Taylor further utilizes this talent on the motivated rhythms of the nocturnal scenario of "Steppin' Out." It maintained a steady stride, rising to the number ten spot on the charts. The third single from the album was "Get Down on It." As the title indicates, this is a gritty funk track that worked its way up the charts to claim the number three position, selling more than 500,000 copies. Although there were no more charted singles from this album, the entire collection is deserving of recognition. On a slower note, "Pass It On" and "No Show" received regional airplay.

Kool & The Gang – Gold (2005) [2008, Japan SHM-CD]  Music

Posted by JET 1 at Aug. 9, 2017
Kool & The Gang – Gold (2005) [2008, Japan SHM-CD]

Kool & The Gang – Gold (2005) [2008, Japan SHM-CD]
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image) +CUE, LOG | 971 MB | Covers Included
Genre: R&B, Funk, Disco | Label: Universal Music [Japan] | Catalog Number: UICY-91044/5

Believe it or not, Gold is the first compilation with U.S. distribution to provide a fair and rather thorough glance at Kool & the Gang’s career from 1969 through 1987. Dozens upon dozens of other sets either focus on one of the group’s distinct eras or attempt clumsily to appease those who want “Jungle Boogie” and “Joanna” in one spot. The Chronicles catalog division of Mercury realized that roughly 90 percent of Kool & the Gang’s chart hits can fit neatly on two discs, so this is an ideal package for casual fans who can appreciate raw ’70s funk and slick, radio-friendly ’80s R&B.

Kool & The Gang - In The Heart (1983) {PolyGram}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Oct. 12, 2015
Kool & The Gang - In The Heart (1983) {PolyGram}

Kool & The Gang - In The Heart (1983) {PolyGram}
EAC 1.0b2 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 195MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Funk, Soul

By the time 1983's In the Heart hit the streets, Kool & the Gang had left the fast lanes of funk for the smoother ride of the adult-oriented R&B expressway. Nevertheless, their grasp of 1980s soul sonics ensured that the band continued to top the charts with a verve and style that left their early influences firmly behind. With Ronald Bell temporarily stepping off the stage to shoulder the production, the band entered yet another fruitful era. With the monster hit "Joanna" setting the pace, Kool & the Gang powered their way through a set that seemed light to some, but still had enough force to push In the Heart into gold disc territory.

Kool & The Gang - The Very Best of. Live In Concert (2007)  Music

Posted by v3122 at March 6, 2015
Kool & The Gang - The Very Best of. Live In Concert (2007)

Kool & The Gang - The Very Best of. Live In Concert (2007)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Ear Music, SZCD 6953-10 | Ukraine | ~ 336 or 138 Mb | Scans(jpg) Included
Soul / Funk | Scans(png, 600dpi) -> 104 Mb

Live archive release from the American R&B/Soul/Funk outfit. On the occasion of their 40th anniversary, Kool & The Gang gave a concert in Denver, Colorado in the summer of 2005 to celebrate four decades of success all over the world…

Gold: Kool & the Gang. The Videos (2007) Repost  Music

Posted by v3122 at Feb. 8, 2015
Gold: Kool & the Gang. The Videos (2007) Repost

Gold: Kool & the Gang. The Videos (2007)
Funk/Soul/Jazz/Pop | 2007 | DVD-5 | ~3.57 Gb
MPEG-2 Video, NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | AC-3, 2ch, 224Kbps / 6ch, 448Kbps
Scans(jpg) Included | Scans(png, 600dpi) -> 186 Mb

Kool & The Gang - Videology (2007)  Music

Posted by robi62 at Aug. 15, 2014
Kool & The Gang - Videology (2007)

Kool & The Gang - Videology (2007)
Video: NTSC, MPEG-2 at 7 000 Kbps, 720 x 480 at 29.970 fps | Audio: PCM 2 channels 2 channels at 1 536 Kbps, 48.0 KHz
Genre: R&B, Disco | Label: Mercury | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 28 Aug 2007 | Runtime: 107 min. | 7,81 GB (DVD9)

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 with equal ties to soul, R&B, and funk.

Kool & the Gang – Good Times (1972) [Remastered 1996]  Music

Posted by boogie-de at Feb. 3, 2014
Kool & the Gang – Good Times (1972) [Remastered 1996]

Kool & the Gang – Good Times (1972)
XLD rip | Flac+Cue+Log = 208 MB | Mp3 VBR0 = 62 MB | Scans 400 dpi jpg | RAR
Remastered CD released 1996 | Mercury 532 193-2 | Funk | USA

Good Times was a bit spotty compared to Music Is the Message, compromising Kool & the Gang's legendary funk instincts for a variety of digressions that don't turn out the way they should. There's much more good than bad though, beginning with the title track, a school's-out jam just in time for summer. "Making Merry Music" is in a similar mold and just as good, while the group leaps into wild, unhinged, horn-driven funk for "Rated X" and "Country Junky." …

Kool & the Gang – Spirit Of The Boogie (1975)  Music

Posted by boogie-de at Feb. 2, 2014
Kool & the Gang – Spirit Of The Boogie (1975)

Kool & the Gang – Spirit Of The Boogie (1975)
XLD rip | Flac+Cue+Log = 297 MB | Mp3 VBR0 = 96 MB | Scans 400 dpi jpg | RAR
CD released 2003 | Universal 980 822-3 | Funk | USA

Discussing Kool & the Gang in the early '70s, James Brown enthused, "They're the second-baddest out there … They make such bad records that you got to be careful when you play a new tape on the way home from the record store. Their groove is so strong you could wreck." And that really says it all. Kool & the Gang were funk's kings in 1975, and Spirit of the Boogie was the finest album they ever recorded – the staggering climax of their development thus far. The record-buying public thought so too – the album gave the band their first Top Five R&B hit. …

Kool & The Gang - Love & Understanding (1976) {Mercury}  Music

Posted by tiburon at June 5, 2011
Kool & The Gang - Love & Understanding (1976) {Mercury}

Kool & The Gang - Love & Understanding (1976) {Mercury}
EAC 1.0b1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U+MD5 | Full Scans 600dpi | 321MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Funk

Following on the heels of their 1975 smash Spirit of the Boogie, Kool & the Gang hit the road to tour the album and record new material. One tumultuous show, at London's Rainbow Theatre, became the core of Love & Understanding. Three live tracks, "Hollywood Swinging," "Summer Madness," and a dreamily mellow "Universal Sound," are all excellent reminders of just how good this band could sound when they found the vibe and had the funk firmly in hand. Love and Understanding remains a remarkable album, recorded at a time when the band was still reveling in the grip of pure funk, uncorrupted by the mainstream.