デオダートとの共同プロデュースも3作目になり、ますます仕上がりにも磨きがかかり、まさにスペシャルに作品になってます。この頃にはプロモーションビデオが「ベスト・ヒットUSA」でも何度もプレイされたりで、クール&ザ・ギャングの認知度が日本でもかなり上がってきました。

この頃2度目の来日公演が実現!(しかも東京だけ)これがプロモーターのドロンで幻となる。

SOMETHING SPECIAL(1981)

 

1. STEPPIN' OUT - 4:51 (Ronald Bell-James Taylor-Kool & The Gang

2. GOOD TIME TONIGHT - 4:59 (Ronald Bell-James Taylor-Kool & The Gang)

3. TAKE MY HEART - 4:01 (Charles Smith-George Brown-James Taylor-Kool & The Gang)

4. BE MY LADY - 4:14 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

5. GET DOWN ON IT - 4:58 (Ronald Bell-James Taylor-Kool & The Gang)

6. PASS IT ON - 4:34 (James Taylor-George Brown-Kool & The Gang)

7. STAND UP AND SING - 4:35 (Ronald Bell-James Taylor-Kool And The Gang)

8. NO SHOW - 4:25 (Ronald Bell-James Taylor-George Brown-Kool & The Gang)

BONUS TRACKS

9. STEPPIN’ OUT (US 12” Promo Remix)

10. GET DOWN ON IT (US 12” Promo Remix)

11. TAKE MY HEART (YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU WANT IT) (UK 12” Remix)

12. STOP!*

13. STEPPIN’ OUT (Single Version)

14. GET DOWN ON IT (US Single Version)

15. TAKE MY HEART (YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU WANT IT) (UK Single Remix)

*Recorded during the album sessions

Previously unreleased

 

All selectios published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)/

WB Music. (ASCAP)

 

PRODUCED BY: EUMIR DEODATO

IN ASSOCIATION WITH KOOL & THE GANG

 

James "J.T." Taylor - Lead Vocals, Background Vocals

Robert "Kool" Bell - Bass, Background Vocals

George Brown - Drums, Background Vocals

Ronald Bell - Saxophone, Keyboards, Background Vocals

Charles Smith - Lead Guitar

Robert Mickens - Trumpet, Background Vocals

Michael Ray - Trumpet, Background Vocals

Clifford Adams - Trombone, Background Vocals

Dennis Thomas - Alto Saxophone

Steve Greenfield - Alto Saxophone, Flute, Background Vocals

Eumir Deodato - Keyboards

Brian Jackson - Keyboards

Female Background Vocals:

SOMETHING SWEET - Joan Motley, Cynthia Huggins, Kelly Barretto

 

Recorded at House of Music, West Orange, N.J.

Recording Engineer: Jim Bonnefond, Chif Engineer

Assistant Engineers: Joe DeAngelis, Clif Hodsdon,

   Bobby Scott Cohen, Jullian Robertson

Overdubs done at Kendun Recorders, Los Angeles, Calif. -

   Malloy Earl and Bob (Ziggy) Winard, and Secret Sound

   Studios, New York

Mixd By Eumir Deodato, Jim Bonnefond and Gabe Vigorito.

Digitally Remasterd by Jeff Willens at PolyGram Studios

"Stop!" edited by Harry Weinger and Kevin Reeves

Tracks #1-8 originally relesed September 18, 1981, on

   DeLite Records DSR8502

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

The Creator, Gabe Vigorito, Bernie Block, Stan Price, Annette Parker, Paula J. Schiaffino, Judy Crosley, Linda Vigorito, Donna Zawaddzki, Tony Principe, Buzz Willis, Som Alston and the Road Gang, Barbara Hernandez, Jack Scherer, Jerry Delet and the staff at TWM, Norby Walters Associates,

Willie Davis, Cleveland Brown, Allen Grubman, Arthur Indusrky, Steve Kopitko, Ira Herzog, Seymour Strauss, Martin Feig, Amir Bayyan, Irene and Charlie Conrad, Stephan Gelfas, and the staff at House Of Music, PolyGram Records Inc. and PolyGram Distribution Inc., Lenny and the staff, Aizi and the Travelling Taj, the Qonexions Bus Co.,

Donna Johnson, Meekaeel Muhammad, Mike Johnson, Bil Beatty, Bo and the staff at S.I.R., Don Robinson, Tom Coyne, LeZebre, Carl Davis and LeMans, Ron Campbell/ Benton and Bowles, The Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., Ampex and in memorium to Kenny Robb, Leo Steiner/The Carnegie Deli, Sal Michaels/Norby Walters Assoc.

 

MORE SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Platinam Hook for additional handclaps, Jimmy Maelen for additional percussion, Park South Studios and the people at Bearsville for inspiration.

 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Our families, who have supported us in the past, and are our inspiration for the future. We love you!

 

Cover Concept: Bill Levy

Cover Photography: Anthony Barboza

Group Photograph: David Kennedy

Design/A.D.: Bob Heimall

Packege redesign: Mark Weinberg

 

Tracks #1-8 originally relesed September 18, 1981, on

DeLite Records DSR8502

 

 

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