新曲3曲を含むベストアルバム。新曲といっても演奏メンバーは右の通り。新加入のスキップ・マーチンは元ダズ・バンド。ボーカル&トランペット。やはりJTの後と言うことで、なかなかスキップ本来のカラーがライブでは出ていなかったかも・・ゲイリー・ブラウンは新加入ながらこのアルバムで2曲歌っただけで脱退か?クピか?オディーン・メイズはキーボードで参加だが、ライブでは渋い低音でこれまた魅力的なメンバー加入となった。しかし、このアルバムから受けた印象はクールたちは、これからどうするんだろう?って感じでした・・・。往年のヒット曲をこんなことしてしまうなんて・・・

GREATEST HITS & MORE(1988)

 

1. RAGS TO RICHES - 5:21 (MeeKaaeel-Imani)

2. STRONG - 5:23 (D.Matkosky-M.Seward)

3. MONEY AND POWER - 4:43 (C.Williams-T.Haynes)

4. STONE LOVE - 4:34 (C.Smith-J.Taylor-Kool & The Gang)

5. JOANNA - 4:20 (C.Smith-J.Taylor-Kool & The Gang)

6. TOO HOT - 5:02 (G.M.Brown-Kool & The Gang)

7. FRESH (Mark Berry Remix) - 6:40 (J.Taylor-S.Linzer-Kool & The Gang)

8. JUNGLE BOOGIE (Club Remix) - 5:58 (R.Bell-Kool & The Gang)

9. HOLLYWOOD SWINGING (Club Remix) - 6:15 (R.West-Kool & The Gang)

10. FUNKY STUFF (Club Remix) - 5:02 (Kool & The Gang)

11. OPEN SESAME (Club Remix) - 5:45 (R.Bell-Kool & The Gang)

12. PEACE MAKER (European Club Remix) - 6:24 (G.Brown-J.Taylor-Kool & The Gang)

13. CHERISH - 4:21 (R.Bell-J.Taylor-Kool & The Gang)

14. CELEBRATION - 5:00 (R.Bell-Kool & The Gang)

 

 

1. RAGS TO RICHES

Produced by I.B.M.C.

Post Production, Additional Overdubs and Mix by "O"

Lead Vocalist: Skip Martin

Background Vocals: Clifford Adams, Khalis Bayyan, Gary Brown,

   Larry Gittens, Skip Martin, Meekaaeel and Dennis Thomas

Keyboards: Khalis Bayyan and Randy Weber

Keyboard Programming: Khalis Bayyan and Randy Weber

Guitars: Kelton Cooper and Charles Smith

Additional Guitars: Russel DeSalvo

Drum Programing: Khalis Bayyan and Meekaaeel

Bass: Kendal Stubbs

Engineered by Kendal Stubbs and Mike Weisinger

Assistant Engineer: Peter "Ibrahim" DuArte

Mixed by Khalis Bayyan and Mike Weisinger for I.B.M.C.

Remix Engineer: Henry Falco

Assistant Remix Engineer: Robbie Norris

Recorded and mixed at The House of Music, West Orange, NJ

Remixed at Quad Studios, NYC

 

2. STRONG

Produced by Nick Martinelli for Watchout Productions, Inc.

Lead Vocals: Gary Brown

Background Vocals: Cindy Mizell, Lisa Fisher,

   Crraig Derry and Will Downing

Synthesizers: Odeen Mays and Randy Cantor

Piano and Rhodes: Curtis Dowd

Guitars: Randy Bowland

Bass: Douglas Grigsby

Drums and Percussion: Daryl Burgee

Torombone: Clifford Adams

Strings Arranged by Ron Kerber

French Horns arranged by Rick Kerber

Backgrounds arranged by Randy Cantor and Esra Mohawk

Engineered and Mixed by Glenn Barratt

Recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia and New York

 

3. MONEY AND POWER

Produced and Arranged by Curtis Williams for Willpoer Productions

Post Production, Additional Overdubs and Mix by "O"

Lead Vocals: Gary Brown

Rap by Curtis Williams

Background Vocals: Dennis Thomas, Curtis Williams, Odeen Mays,

   Clifford Adams, Robert Bell and Big Doug Epting

Keyboards: Curtis Williams

Keyboard Programming: Randy Weber and Curtis Williams

Drum Programing: Curtis Williams

Bass: Big Doug Epting (Yeah!)

Engineered by Kendal Stubbs

Assistant Engineer: Mike Weisinger, Danny Grigsby and Tim Leitner

Mixed by Kendal Stubbs and Curtis Williams

Remix Engineer: Henry Falco

Assistant Remix Engineer: Robbie Norris

Recorded at The House of Music, West Orange, NJ

Mixed at The Hit Factory

Remixed at Quad Studios

 

4. STONE LOVE

Produced by Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell), I.B.M.C. and Kool & The Gang

 

5. JOANNA

Produced by Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell), Jim Bonnefond and Kool & The Gang

 

6. TOO HOT

Produced by Eumir Deodato in association with Kool & The Gang

 

7. FRESH (Mark Berry Remix)

Produced by Jim Bonnefond, Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell) and Kool & The Gang

 

8. JUNGLE BOOGIE (Club Remix)*

Produced by K & G Productions, Inc.

Original Arrangement by Kool & The Gang

Post Production, Additional Overdubs and Mix by Dave "O"

Additional Bass: Kevin Harris

 

9. HOLLYWOOD SWINGING (Club Remix)*

Produced by K & G Productions, Inc.

Original Arrangement by Kool & The Gang

Post Production, Additional Overdubs and Mix by Dave "O"

 

10. FUNKY STUFF (Club Remix)*

Produced by K & G Productions, Inc.

Original Arrangement by Kool & The Gang

Post Production, Additional Overdubs and Mix by Dave "O"

Rap by Kurtis Blow

Additional Guitar: Chris Udell

 

11. OPEN SESAME (Club Remix)*

Produced by K & G Productions, Inc.

Original Arrangement by Kool & The Gang

Post Production, Additional Overdubs and Mix by Dave "O"

 

12. PEACE MAKER (European Club Remix '87)

Produced by Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell), I.B.M.C. and Kool & The Gang

Remixed and Edited by Dave "O"

 

13. CHERISH

Produced by Jim Bonnefond, Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell) and Kool & The Gang

 

14. CELEBRATION

Produced by Eumir Deodato in association with Kool & The Gang

 

*Conceptual Assistance by Holiday Haber

Additional Recording by Joe Mendelson

Assisted by Leisa Harris

Assistant Mix Engineers: Henry Falco, Robbie Norris

Additional Recording at New York Music Deli, NYC

Mixed at Quad Studios, NYC

 

I.B.M.C. are Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell), Randy Weber,

   Peter "Ibrahim" DuArte, MeeKaaeel, Kendal Stubbs

 

All praise to the Creator who makes all things possible

 

Kool & The Gang are: Robert Bell, Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell),

   Dennis Thomas, Charles Smith, George Brown,

   Curtis Williams, Clifford Adams, Larry Gittens, Gerry Brown,

   Odeen Mays, Skip Martin

 

Special Thanks to our Manager, Gerald Delet for World-Wide Entertainment Complex, Inc., 641 Lexington Avenue, N.Y., N.Y. 10022, assisted by Eliot Loshak, Nina Andino, Cindy Rosenthal, Lisa Barclay, Jenny Chin, Andy Gould, Mervyn Dash, Cara Epstein Gould, Alyse Delet, La-Trina Brown, Michelle Faieta, Susan Faieta, Maria Velazquez, Richard Wolton

 

Coordination by Lisa Barclay, Dennise Thomas, Nina Andino, Tony Prendatt

 

The Road Gang Touring Company are: Sam Alston, Adil Bayyan, Doug Epting, Charles Stone, Theo Williams, Clay Beard, Mark Brnch, Lenny Rosengard, Eric Anthony, Timmy Wilson, Willie Davis, Charlie Gillard, Eighth Day Sound (Cheryl and Tom), and Walter Edwards.

 

Thank you to Kurtis Blow, Dave Ogrin, Nick Martinelli, I.B.M.C., Willpower Productions, Jack Scherer, Morris Pliskow, Tom Arko and Eighth Day Sound, Michael Johnson, Ken Berry and S.I.R. NY and LA, Jeff Colter, Mike Porciello and Rockit Cargo, Jody Katz and Hoffman Travel, Lrene and the House of Music, Troy and the Hit Factory, Gabe and Delight, Dave and Alpine Limousines, Norby, Sal, Jeff, David and G.T.I., Robert "Spike" Mickens, Vinnie and Craig and the Gang at Ultra Limousines, Mark Kovach, and Lou Gonzalez and the staff of Quad Studios.

 

Many Thanks to our PolyGram Family, especially Dick Asher, Tony Prendatt, Bob Jamieson, Ted Green, Rick Hunt, Kathy Cantwell, Wayman Jones, Holly Browde, Beverly Paige, Evelyn Hinkell, David Leach, Harry Anger, Randt Roberts, Len Epand and Vivian Scott

 

Special Memories: Ricky "Hollywood" West

 

Thanks to all pour foamilies and loved one, especially Phynjuar, Yacine, Sakinah, Brenda, Sandra, Junko, Terri, Renatyah, Dottie

 

Art Direction: Michael Bays/Rick Hunt

Cover Design: Mitchell Kanner

Photography: Timothy White

Wardrobe: Eric Anthony

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: TONY PRENDATT & GABE VIIGORITO

 

Every decade represents a change. We wish James Taylor, much success in his solo career.

"The Dawn of a Third Transition."

-Kool & The Gang

 

Released on 1988, Mercury (834 780-1)/ PolyGram Records, Inc.

 

 

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