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Record album by Kool & the Gang: Wild and Peaceful (1973)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

Wild and Peaceful by Kool & the Gang offered plenty of good music for partygoers to celebrate the end of 1973.

Robert “Kool” Bell and Ronald Bell formed Kool & the Gang in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964. The band signed with De-Lite Records in 1969. As the album’s title suggested, Wild and Peaceful contained a mix of party jams and mellow tunes with socially conscious themes.

Funky Stuff” was complemented with “More Funky Stuff”-- enough to make a hit instrumental B-side for the hit 45 rpm single. “Jungle Boogie,” featuring Don Boyce (the band's roadie) on vocals, became a Top Ten hit on several charts; “Hollywood Swinging” followed it to become the band’s first #1 hit.

Wild and Peaceful,” the title track, was the best of the mellow tunes. But the party jams were the most popular. Wild and Peaceful went Gold; the next album matched that, and three others reached the R&B Top Ten. An even greater run of success started after J.T. Taylor joined in 1979 and provided lead vocals for many of the band’s now classic hits.

This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

Open Sesame,” a signature hit for Kool & the Gang before the J.T. Taylor era, became an even bigger hit after it joined the playlist for the monster soundtrack album, Saturday Night Fever.

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