UNITE(1992)

 

1. (JUMP UP ON THE) RHYTHM AND RIDE ** *

    - 5:07 (K.Bayyan-G.Culpepper-N.W.Jean-S.P.Michel-D.Pediford)

2. I THINK I LOVE YOU *

    - 4:49 (C.Smith-S.Martin-G.Brown-K.Grady-C.Ross-R.Bell-R.Lexamana)

3. LOVE COME DOWN * - 4:14 (G.Brown)

4. PRETTY LITTLE SEXY MISS * - 4:15 (G.Brown-K.Stone-K&TG)

5. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER * - 4:39 (S.Martin-D.Hadl-D.Rollincova)

6. HEART ** * - 4:45 (K.Bayyan-E.Adamfio-I.Smith-N.W.Jean)

7. MY SEARCH IS OVER * - 4:00 (O.Mays.Jnr)

8. WKOOL ** * - 0:21 (K.Bayyan)

9. SUMMER ** * - 6:10 (K.Bayyan-D.Pediford-K&TG)

10. B. BALL ** * - 0:58 (Concept-Khalis Bayyan)

11. BROWN ** * - 5:55 (K.Bayyan-N.W.Jean-S.P.Michel-I.Smith-N.Amir)

12. GIVE RIGHT NOW TO YOU * - 4:13 (O.Mays.Jnr)

13. STATE OF THE EARTH ADDRESS ** * - 0:49 (K.Bayyan-D.Thomas)

14. THE WEIGHT ** * - 3:58(K.Bayyan-G.Culpepper-D.Kyles-N.W.Jean-S.P.Michel-Taboo-K&TG)

15. IT'S NOT TOO LATE ** * - 0:47 (K.Bayyan)

16. SHOW US THE WAY TO LOVE ** * - 5:20 (G.Brown-K&TG)

17. NOW IS THE TIME ** * - 0:55 (K.Bayyan)

18. UNITE ** * - 5:50 (K.Bayyan-A.Bayyan-T.Bingham-G.Culpepper-D.Peddiford-R.Davis-Taboo)

19. KLASSICAL KOOL * - 0:40 (Concept-Geoge Brown)

20. GOD WILL FIND YOU * - 4:48 (S.Martin-J.Gibson-K.Hicks)

21. SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS * - 1:27 (S.Allen)

 

KOOL & THE GANG ARE:

ROBERT 'KOOL' BELL - BASS, VOCALS

DENNIS 'D.T.' THOMAS - SAXOPHONE, VOCALS

CHARLES SMITH - GUITAR

GEORGE BROWN - DRUMS, KEYBOARDS, VOCALS

CLIFFORD ADAMS - TROMBONE, VOCALS

ODEEN MAYS Jnr. - KEYBOARDS, LEAD VOCALS

SONNIE 'SKIP' MARTIN - TRUMPET, LEAD VOCALS

SHAWN McQUILLER - GUITAR, LEAD VOCALS

ROVERT 'ROBBIE G' GOBLE - DRUMS, PERCUSSION

GERALD HARRIS - GUITAR, KEYBOARDS

 

In loving memory of Ricky West, Victor Mickens and Woody Sparrow.

To Spike Mickens: you will always be part of The Gang, love always, K & TG

 

Produced by Unity Productions.

Produced by Khalis Bayyan for Lejam Productions.

Executive producer: Buzz Willis.

Production co-ordinator/our guru: George Brown.

*Recorded and mixed by Craig White at Manhattan Center Studios, NYC.

Asst, engineer: Richie 'Superman' Clarke.

Additional Engineering on 'Love Come Down', 'Show Us The Way',

'Better Late Than Never' and 'My Search Is Over': Richie Clarke.

**Recorded at The House Of Music, West Orange, New Jersey.

Engineers: Kendal Stubbs, Ron London, Paul Higgins.

Asst. engineer: Tom Gerity.

Additional engineering: Charlie Conrad, Jeff Toone.

Computer & synthesizer programing: Kevin Grady.

Digital editing and pre-mastering: Alan Douches,

West Westside Music, W. New York, New Jersey.

Mastered by Jose Rodrigez at Sterling Sound, NYC.

 

Management and direction: ECI Entertainment complex International/Buzz Willis.

General council for Kool & The Gang/ECI: Jack Scherer, Esq.

Financial services: Jerry Leventhal/Leventhal and Leventhal.

Additional legal expertise: Jamie Roberts Esq.

 

Tour managment/overseas correspondant: Jerome C. Phillips.

ECI operations staff, tour co-ordinator. Mary Elaine Verrett, Daoud Spencer, Kim Hurd, Fabian Burrell.

Publicist: JoAnn Blackman.

LeJam operation staff: Irene Conrad, Rashad Muhammad, Kadiyjah Bell, Charlie Conrad.

 

String sections on songs 5, 7, 12, 19, 20, 21;

Violins: Sandford Allen (Concertmaster), Barry Finclair, Belinda Whitney, Dale Stuckenbruck.

Violas: Alfred Brown, Jenny Hansen.

Cellos; Fred Zlotkin, Maria Kitsopolous.

 

SPECIAL THANKS FROM KOOL & THE GANG:

To God, The Vreator, Sal & Virgnia Michaels & Eric Beckman/Pyramid Entertainment Group, Miles Bell & Associates, David Zedeck & Jerry Ade/Famous Artists Booking Agency, Gilbert Starr, Victor Moore, Reggie Woolridge and the staff of The Manhattan Center Studios, Nate Adams Snr., Marc Pearlman a.k.a. Cleveland Brown, Adil Bayyan & Miles Saunders/Good Management, Amir Bayyan & family, Khalis Bayyan & family, Khadiyjah Bell & family, Sakinah Bell & family, Phynjuar Thomas & family, Mrs Charles Smith & family, Mrs George Brown & family, Mrs Clifford & family, Mrs Dottie Martin & family, Immigrants Federal Credit Union-Douglas James & J. A. Hudson, Jose Costa/Europa Motors, Jack Scherer, Jamie Roberts, Michael Johnson & Bo Holst/Studio Instrument Rentals, Ebony Washington, JoAnn Blackman, Alan Douches, Lifesaver, Alan Bellman & John Hillman/Freestyle Records, and everyone at JRS Records.

 

SPECIAL THANKS FROM KHALIS BAYYAN

To: Clarence Avent, Ron Sweeney and Guy Abrahams: for believing in me and my work and for your support during the roughest hour in my life. May Allah bless you for your generosity to me and my family.

To Irene and Charlie Conrad: thanks for being there from the beginning. May Allah bless you both with paradise for your support and love for me and my family.

To Kool & The Gang: My Home Boys. We rose to the occasion.

To my special friends: you know who you are.

 

LeJam would like to thank:

Clarence Avent, Yacine Bell, Barbara Hernandez, Dawn Hartman, Dennis Tucker, John Rollo, Mike Weisinger, Billy Galshaw, and the staff of The House Of Music, Pat Monaghan and Kathy Bradshow, Courtney Spencer, Gary Rosen and Mike Sekiguchi of Sony Business and Professional Group, Nuri Amir, Angela Stubbs, Shari Weber, Kathy Muhammed, Frank Asante, Yusef Ali, Waymond Alexander, Amir Al Islam, Wiley Carter, Dr Monsiour, Gene Erskine, Geoffrey Erskine, Steve Chestler, Bin Sulamin, Tina Howard, Lou Watson, Portia Neeley, Joe Jackson, Sarah Martin, Michael A. Smith & Family, congratulations to Sandy and Rob and thanks to all of the people who bought this record. To anyone we forgot, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

Dear listeners,

All praises due to The Creator of all things especially music for I am grateful to Him for giving me the gift to hear. I would like to thank my mother, Aminah, my wife Yacine, my children, KfadiyJah, Rasheed, Nadirah, Lisa, Meryam, Aminah and Jennah. Nassim, my brothers, Muhammad, Amir, Michael, Wahid, my sister Sharifah, my nieces and nephews, Muhammad, Nuri Amir, William (Brisko) Harrison, Marc Pearlman (Cleveland Brown), Shirley Pearlman and Jean.

 

Released on 1992, JRS Records

メジャーからマイナーへ移籍しての作品です。Skip Martinと Odeen Maysのボーカルに加えて Shawn McQuillerが加わりました。クールならではのファンクを基盤に、しっかりとしたコンセプト(UNITE)を持ったアルバムです。この頃になるとほとんどステージに立つことが無くなった Khalis Bayyan の名前がメンバークレジットから無くなっています。(;。;)しかし、しっかりと演奏、作曲、プロデュースとフルに活躍してくれているので、ほっと一安心と言ったところです。クール&ザ・ギャングにとって Khalis Bayyan は欠かせない存在です。

それにしてもマイナーからという事もあるのか(?)扱いが雑になってきてます。別タイトル(「New York City Kool」)で同じ内容のアルバムが出たり、次に出るライブアルバムとのBOXセット扱いで出てたり・・・(ほとんどバッタもん扱い・・・泣)

 

 

1. (JUMP UP ON THE) RHYTHM AND RIDE

Produced by: Khalis Bayyan/LeJam

Additional Production: Unity Productions.

Lead vocals: Odeen Mays Jnr., Shawn McQuiller

Background vocals: Skip Martin, Odeen Mays Jnr., Clifford Adams, Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas, Robert 'Kool' Bell, Pure Natural (Gary Culpepper, Terry Day Rogers, Fonda Lewis Simmons), Dwania Kyles

Programming: Khalis Bayyan

Keyboads: Khalis Bayyan

Bass: Robert 'Kool' Bell

Guitars: Shawn McQuiller, Kelton Cooper, Daryl Pediford

Horns: Clifford Adams, Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas, Skip Martin, Khalis Bayyan

Sax solo: Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas

Rap: The Translators

Vocal arrangements: Khalis Bayyan

Written by: K. Bayyan, G. Culpepper, N.W. Jean, S.P. Michel, D. Pediford

Published by: Kharana Music/Kinsman Publ./Bedouche/Irving Music

 

2. I THINK I LOVE YOU

Produced by: Unity Productions

Lead vocals: Shawn McQuiller, Skip Martin

Background vocals: Skip Martin, Shawn McQuiller, Robert 'Kool' Bell, Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas, Clifford Adams, Odeen Mays Jnr.

Programming: Kevin Grady

Keyboads: Kevin Grady

Guitars: Charles Smith, Shawn McQuiller

Horns: Clifford Adams, Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas, Skip Martin, Khalis Bayyan

Sax solo: Khalis Bayyan

Percussion: George Brown, Kevin Grady

Written by: C. Smith, S. Martin, G. Brown, K. Grady, C. Ross, R. Bell, R. Lexamana

Published by: Royal Society Publ.

 

3. LOVE COME DOWN

Produced by: Unity Productions

Lead vocals: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Background vocals: Shawn McQuiller, Skip Martin, Odeen Mays Jnr., Clifford Adams, Umoja (Felicia Graham, Aletha Graham, Jennifer Keith)

Programming: George Brown

Keyboads: George Brown

Guitars: Charles Smith, Shawn McQuiller

Sax solo: Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas

Drum overdubs: Robert 'Robbie G' Goble

Bass: Robert 'Kool' Bell

Moog licks: Kevin Grady

Written by: G. Brown

Published by: Copyright Control

 

4. PRETTY LITTLE SEXY MISS

Produced by: Unity Productions

Lead vocals: Shawn McQuiller

Background vocals: Skip Martin, Clifford Adams, Odeen Mays Jnr., Shawn McQuiller

Sultry rap: Khadiyjah Stone

Programming: George Brown

Keyboads: George Brown, Kevin Grady

Guitars: Charles Smith, Shawn McQuiller

Solo guitar: Shawn McQuiller

Drum overdubs: George Brown, Robert 'Robbie G' Goble, Kevin Grady

Bass: Robert 'Kool' Bell

Written by: G. Brown, K. Stone, K & TG

Published by: Copyright Control

 

5. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Produced by: Unity Productions

Lead vocals: Skip Martin

Background vocals: Skip Martin, Victoria Starkey, Sherri NcGhee, Nancey Jackson, Vincent Freeman, Odeen Mays Jnr.

Sultry rap: Khadiyjah Stone

Programming/Keyboads: Kevin Grady

Acoustic guitar: Gerard Harris

String arrangement: Gerard Harris

Bells: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Written by: S. Martin, D. Hadl, D. Rollincova

Published by: Rudolph Reigns Publishing

 

6. HEART

Produced by: Khalis Bayyan/LeJam Productions.

Lead vocals: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Background vocals: Evan Adamafio, Odeen Mays Jnr.

Keyboads: Khalis Bayyan

Guitars: Charles Smith, Fernando Luis

Bass: Robert 'Kool' Bell

Rap: Wyclef (The Translators)

Horn arrangements: Khalis Bayyan

Percussion: Nel Wyclef Jean

Written by: K. Bayyan, E. Adamfio, I. Smith, N.W. Jean

Published by: Kharana Music/Kinsman Publ./Bedouche/Irving Music

 

7. MY SEARCH IS OVER

Produced by: Odeen Mays Jnr./Unity Productions

Arranged by: Odeen Mays Jnr.

All tracks performed by: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Lead vocals: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Background vocals: Victoria Starkey, Nancey Jackson, Sherri NcGhee, Vincent Freeman, Felicia Graham, Reggie Woolridge, Skip Martin

String arrangement: Gerard Harris

Drum overdubs: George Brown, Robert 'Robbie G' Goble

Written by: O. Mays Jnr

Published by: Rudolph Reigns Publishing

 

8. WKOOL

Concept: Khalis Bayyan

D.J.: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Written by: K. Bayyan

 

9. SUMMER

Produced by: Khalis Bayyan/LeJam Productions.

Additional Production: Unity Productions.

Vocals: Skip Martin, Odeen Mays Jnr., Daryl Pediford, Rasheed Bell

Programming: Khalis Bayyan, Odeen Mays Jnr.

Guitars: Charles Smith

Trumpet solo: Skip Martin

Piano solo: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Soprano sax: Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas

Horn section arrangement: Khalis Bayyan

Keyboads: Khalis Bayyan, Odeen Mays Jnr.

Written by: K. Bayyan, D. Pediford, K & TG

Published by: Kharana Music/Kinsman Publ.

10. B. BALL

Concept: Khalis Bayyan

Ballplayers: The Translators

Trumpet: Skip Martin

Rap: The Translators

 

11. BROWN

Produced by: Khalis Bayyan/LeJam Productions.

Additional Production: Unity Productions.

Lead vocals: Odeen Mays Jnr., Skip Martin

Background vocals: Odeen Mays Jnr., Skip Martin, The Translators, Daryl Pediford and you-know-who

Programming: Khalis Bayyan

Trombone solo: Clifford Adams

Guitar: Kelton Cooper

Rap: The Translators..

Horns: Clifford Adams, Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas, Mark Ledford

Bass: Robert 'Kool' Bell

Keyboads & vocal arrangement: Khalis Bayyan

Written by: K. Bayyan, N.W. Jean, S.P. Michel, I. Smith, N.Amir

Published by: Kharana Music/Kinsman Publ/Bedouche/Irving Music

 

12. GIVE RIGHT NOW TO YOU

Produced by: Odeen Mays Jnr./Unity Productions

Lead & backgroundvocal: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Additional vocals: Sherri NcGhee, Nancey Jackson, Vincent Freeman, Victoria Starkey, Reggie Woolridge

All tracks performed by: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Acoustic guitar & string arrangement: Gerard Harris

Drum overdubs: George Brown, Robert 'Robbie G' Goble

Written by: O. Mays Jnr

Published by: Crystal & Tiffany's Music Co.

 

13. STATE OF THE EARTH ADDRESS

Concept: Khalis Bayyan

Address deliverd by: Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas

Written by: K. Bayyan, D. Thomas

Published by: Kharana Music/Kinsman Publ.

 

14. THE WEIGHT

Produced by: Khalis Bayyan/LeJam Productions

Programming: Khalis Bayyan, Randy Weber, Rashad Muhammad

Lead vocals: Odeen Mays Jnr., Skip Martin, Shawn McQuiller

Background vocals: Pure And Natural, Something Sweet, (Kelly Barretto, Cynthia Huggins, Joan Motley, Lencola Sullivan), Rasheed Bell, Dwania Kyles, Phynjuar and Imani Smith

Keyboads: Khalis Bayyan

Guitar: Charles Smith

Horns: Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas, Clifford Adams, Skip Martin, Khalis Bayyan

Sax solo: Khalis Bayyan

Bass: Robert 'Kool' Bell

Rap: The Translators and Taboo

Vocal arrangements: Khalis Bayyan

Written by: K. Bayyan, G. Culpepper, D. Kyles, N.W. Jean, S.P. Michel, Taboo-K & TG

Published by: Kharana Music/Kinsman Publ.

 

15. IT'S NOT TOO LATE

Concept: Khalis Bayyan

Lead vocal: Dwania Kyles

Background vocals: as 'THE WEIGHT'

Written by: K. Bayyan

 

16. SHOW US THE WAY TO LOVE

Produced by: Unity Productions

Arranged by: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Additional production: Khalis Bayyan

All tracks performed by: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Lead vocal: Odeen Mays Jnr.

Guitar: Charles Smith

Trombone solo: Clifford Adams

Guitar: Shawn McQuiller

Jazz guitar solo: Charles Smith

Written by: G. Brown, K & TG

 

17. NOW IS THE TIME

Concept: Khalis Bayyan

Lead vocal: Dwania Kyles

Background vocal effect: Clifford Adams

Trombone solo: Clifford Adams

Written by: K. Bayyan

 

18. UNITE

Produced by: Khalis Bayyan/LeJam Productions/Amir Bayyan

Additional production: Unity Productions

Lead vocals: Shawn McQuiller, Odeen Mays Jnr., Skip Martin

Background vocals: St. Pauls Concert Choir, Newark, N.J.

directed by James Perry

Additional vocals: Phynjuar, Evan Adamafio

Rap: Taboo

Guitars: Charles Smith, Amir Bayyan

Keyboads: Khalis Bayyan, Odeen Mays Jnr., Gary Culpepper

Vocal arrangements: Khalis Bayyan, James Perry Jnr.

Horn arrangements: Khalis Bayyan

Written by: K. Bayyan, A. Bayyan, T. Bingham, G. Culpepper, D. Peddiford, R. Davis, Taboo

Published by: Kharana Music/Kinsman Publ./Amirful Music

 

19. KLASSICAL KOOL

Composer: Sandford Allen

Concept: Geoge Brown

 

20. GOD WILL FIND YOU

Produced by: Unity Productions

Lead vocals: Skip Martin, Umoja, Sherri McGhee, Nancey Jackson, Vincent Freeman

Programming: Kevin Grady

All tracks performed by: Kevin Grady

Acoustic guitar: Gerard Harris

String arrangement: Sandford Allen

Written by: S. Martin, J. Gibson, K. Hicks

Published by: Rudolph Reighs Publishing

 

21. SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS

Produced by: Unity Productions

Concept: George Brown

Lead vocals: Melkane Campbell

Voices: Phynjuar, Tamala R. Adams, Buzz Willis, Robert 'Kool' Bell, Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas, Clifford Adams, Odeen Mays Jnr., Richard Clarke, Reggie Woolridge, Kevin Grady

Bassoon: Mark Goldberg

Keyboads: Odeen Mays Jnr.

String arrangement: Sandford Allen

Written by: S.Allen

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