Kool Is Back!Le Smoke Disque
LSD 011 CD
***For the fourth cover tune installment, LSD has chosen a band best known for their tame early ‘80s repertoire, KOOL & THE GANG. Mention the song “Celebration” and your geriatric grandmother would know you were referring to Kool & The Gang’s biggest hit. But even though Le Smoke Disque have nothing but love for the band’s late ‘70s and early ‘80s producer, Brazilian jazz legend Eumir Deodato, we want to show you the influence Robert “Kool” Bell and his compatriots had on the world when they burst on the scene in 1969 with their self titled debut. Though James Brown’s JBs certainly stood out as a funky take on the big-band ensemble popularized in the swinging 1940s, Kool & The Gang took the form to its greatest heights. In doing so, they not only influenced American bands such as Tower of Power, Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears, but fledgling funk outfits the world over.