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THE FORCE(1977)

 

1. A PLACE IN SPACE - 4:49 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

2. SLICK SUPERCHICK - 4:05 (George Brown-Kool & The Gang)

3. JUST BE TRUE - 4:21 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

4. THE FORCE - 4:26 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

5. MIGHTY MIGHTY HIGH - 6:51 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

6. OASIS - 6:06 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

7. LIFE'S A SONG* - 2:58 (Claydes Smith-Kool & The Gang)

8. FREE - 2:11 (Ronald Bell-Kool & The Gang)

BONUS TRACKS

9. SLICK SUPERCHICK (Single Version)

10. A PLACE IN SPACE (Single Version)

11. MIGHTY MIGHTY HIGH (12” Disco Version)

All Selections BMI-Published by Gang Music, Ltd./Delightful Music, Ltd.

*Royal Society Music-BMI

 

PERFORMERS:

CLAYDES SMITH: Electric & acoustic guitars, percussions & vocals

ROBERT "KOOL" BELL: Bass Guitar, vocals & percussions

GEORGE BROWN: Drums, vocals, percussion, keyboards & clavinet

ROBERT MICHENS: Trumpet, flugelhorn, percussions & vocals

OTHA NASH: Vocals, percussions, valve & slide trombone & tuba

DENNIS THOMAS: Alto Sax, flute, vocals, keyboards, percussion & congas

KHALIS BAYYAN (RONALD BELL): Tenor, soprano & alto sax, alto flute,

        clavinet, arp-synthesizer, vocals, keyboards & percussion

MFSB Strings (Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records)

DONALD BOYCE*: The Man with a Thousand Voices

ARTHUR CAPEHART: Trumpet on "Life's A Song" only

KEVIN LASSITER: Keyboards, vocals, mini-moog, clavinet, percussion

 

FEMALE VOCALS ("Something Sweet")

Renee Connel, Cynthia Huggins**, Joan Motley, Beverley Owens.

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Amir Bayyan, Royal Bayyan, Adil Bayyan, Stone Michael and to our staff,

Sammy Alston, Bobby Sims, Donal Boyce, Joe Clayborne, Arnold Henry, Mark Battle and Brisko.

 

Executive Producers: Ronald Bell & Claydes Smith

Co-Producer: George Brown

Produced by: K.G.Productions, Inc.

Arranged by: Kool and The Gang

Chief Engineers: Terry Rosiello/Nils Salminen

Mixing: Nils Salminen/Terry Rosiello/Ronald Bell

Special Effects: Jimmy J. Jordan

Mastering: Sterling Labs, New York City

Recorded at: De-Lite Recording Studio, Phila., Pa.

Personal Management - David S. Fitzpatrick

 

"A Place In Space" - arranged by Ronald Bell

"The Force" - arranged by Ronald Bell

"Mighty Mighty High" - arranged by Ronald Bell

"Just Be True" - arranged by Ronald Bell

***"Oasis" - arranged by Ronald Bell

"Free" - arranged by Ronald Bell

"Slick Superchick" - arranged by George Brown

***"Life's A Song" - arranged by Claydes Smith

*A Place in Space and The Force

**Oasis (lead vocals)

***Strings arranged by John Davis

 

Cover Painting "Secured Universe" ?1971 by De Es Schwertberger.

All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of the artist.

 

Released on 1977, De-Lite DSR-9501

 

 

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