クール初の全米POPヒットチャートNo.1獲得シングル「セレブレイション」。今でもいろんな場面で使われますね!クールと言えば、「セレブレイション」ってゆうぐらいの、いまやスタンダートですね。実はこのアルバム全米でNo.1ヒットを飛ばしながら、日本ではビクターとの契約が切れ、レコードの発売権の問題でCBSソニーからリリースされたのはしばらくしてから・・・日本でも、爆発的にヒットする時期にリリースされないという悲しい出来事もありました。アルバムの内容は、そんなことは全く関係無いってぐらい底抜けに明るいアルバムです。

このアルバムのクレジットからギター担当の名前がClaydes SmithだったのがCharles Smithになりました。同じ人です。

グループの要。クールの弟であるテナーサックス担当の Ronald Bell は Khalis Bayyan とも呼ばれてます。同じ人です。

その弟、昔クールの弟バンドの「KayGees」のリーダーだったギター&キーボードでも参加の Kevin Bell は Amir Bayyanです。同じ人です。

CELEBRATE!(1980)

 

1. CELEBRATION - 4:58 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

2. JONES VS. JONES - 4:15 (George Brown-Kool & The Gang)

3. TAKE IT TO THE TOP -4:16 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

4. MORNING STAR - 3:48 (Robert Mickens-Kool & The Gang)

5. LOVE FESTIVAL - 5:12 (Charles Smith-Kool & The Gang)

6. JUST FRIENDS - 4:20 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

7. NIGHT PEOPLE - 3:44 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

8. LOVE AFFAIR - 4:20 (George Brown-Kool & The Gang)

BONUS TRACKS

9. CELEBRATION (Single Version)

10. TAKE IT TO THE TOP (Single Version)

11. JONES VS. JONES (Single Version)

12. MORNING STAR (Long Version)

13. CELEBREMOS (12” Spanish Version)

All Selections

Piblished by Delightful Music LTD / Fresh Start Music (BMI)

 

PRODUCED BY EUMIR DEODATO

IN ASSOCIATION WITH KOOL & THE GANG

Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by: EUMIR DEODATO

 

JAMES "J.T." TAYLOR - Lead Vocals, Background Vocals

ROBERT "KOOL" BELL - Bass, Background Vocals

GEORGE BROWN - Percussion, Background Vocals

RONALD BELL - Saxophone, Keyboards, Background Vocals

CHARLES SMITH - Guitar

ROBERT MICKENS - Trumpet, Background Vocals

DENNIS THOMAS - Alto Saxophone

KEVIN BELL - Keyboards

EARL TOON, JR. - Keyboards, Background Vocals

MEEKAEEL MUHAMMAD - Background Vocals

CEDRIC TOON - Background Vocals

COFFEE - Female Background Vocals

SOMETHING SWEET - Female Background Vocals

 

Additional Keyboad Musician for This Recording: ADAM EPOLITO

 

Recorded at HOUSE OF MUSIC

Recording Engineer: JIM BONNEFOND, CHIF ENGINEER

Assistant Engineers: JEFF KAWALEX, JULLIAN ROBERTSON, JOE DeANGELIS, KENNY ROBB,

        CLIF HODSDON, BOBBY COHEN

Mixd by: EUMIR DEODATO, JIM BONNEFOND, GABE VIGORITO.

Masterd at: FRANKFORD WAYNE BY TOM COYNE

 

Special Thanks to: THE CREATOR, AND GABE VIGORITO, BERNIE BLOCK, STAN PRICE, KEITH CARLOS, THE STAFF AT DE-LITE RECORDS, PHONO-GRAM/MERCURY, THE POLYGRAM CORP. AND PDI, BUZZ WILLIS, IRENE AND CHARLIE CONRAD AND THE STAFF AT THE HOUSE OF MUSIC, SAM ALSTON AND THE ROAD GANG, LENNY AND STAFF, MARC PEARLMAN, JERRY DELET AND THE STAFF AT TWM, JACK SCHERER, AIZI AND THE

TRAVELLING TAJ, TRAVELWORKS AND THE QONEXIONS BUS CO., BARBARA HERNANDEZ, AMMPEX, DONNA JOHNSON, WILLIE DAVIS, NORBY WALTERS AND ASSOCIATES, MIKE JOHNSON, BO AND BILL BEATTY AND THE STAFF AT S.I.R., AND CLIFFORD ADAMS. GOD BLESS NANCY

 

Special Thanks to: STEVIE WONDER FOR BELIEVING.

 

Management & Direction: QUINTET ASSOCIATES LTD., BUZZ WILLIS

 

Photographed at BONDS INTERNATIONAL CASINO

Hairdresser: PASQUALE BENASILLO

Clothing by SAMANTHA RAVENSCROFT

Photography: RICHARD WEXLER

Art Direction and Design: BOB HEIMALL (AGI)

 

Released on 1980, De-Lite DSR-9518

 

 

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