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Spirit of the Boogie

Spirit of the Boogie was a highly successful album released in 1975 by Kool & the Gang. It can be seen as a follow-up to "Wild And Peaceful" (1973); The instrumental "Jungle Jazz" uses the same basic rhythm track heard in "Jungle Boogie", but lets the players improvise on their instruments (saxophone, trumpet and flute). Reminiscences or earlier works can be noticed ("Ride The Rhythm" contains the line: "making merry music...", which was the name of a song from their 1972 album, "Good Times"). "Spirit of the Boogie" features Donal Boyce, who was rapping on "Jungle Boogie". Some African influence can be felt, and the band even play in a West-Indian style on "Caribbean Festival", another instrumental track, with once more lots of room for improvisation.

Track listing

  1. "Spirit of the Boogie" (Bayyan/Boyce/Kool & the Gang) - 4:52
  2. "Ride the Rhythm" (Bayyan/Kool & the Gang) - 2:55
  3. "Jungle Jazz" (Bayyan/Kool & the Gang) - 4:43
  4. "Sunshine and Love" (Bayyan/Kool & the Gang) - 3:46
  5. "Ancestral Ceremony" (Bayyan/Kool & the Gang) - 3:39
  6. "Mother Earth" (Bayyan/Brown/Kool & the Gang) - 5:38
  7. "Winter Sadness" (Bayyan/Kool & the Gang/Smith) - 5:04
  8. "Caribbean Festival" (Bayyan/Kool & the Gang) - 9:26

Personnel

  • Kool & the Gang - Arranger, Producer
  • Amir-Salaam Bayyan - Guitar
  • Khalis Bayyan - Piano, Arranger, Sax (Tenor), Vocals, Clavinet, Kalimba, Arp
  • Robert "Kool" Bell - Bass, Vocals
  • Donal Boyce - Vocals
  • George "Funky" Brown - Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals
  • Godfrey Diamond - Engineer, Mixing
  • Ron Saint Germain - Engineer
  • Harvey Goldberg - Engineer, Mixing
  • Alec Head - Engineer
  • Ray Janos - Engineer
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens - Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
  • Otha Nash - Trombone, Vocals
  • Terry Rosiello - Engineer
  • Dennis "D.T." Thomas - Flute, Sax (Alto), Vocals
  • Ricky West - Vocals, Clavinet
  • Gary N. Mayo - Digital Remastering
  • Henry Arvinger - Photography
  • Claydes E.X. Smith - Guitar
  • Something Sweet - Vocals (bckgr)

Chart positions

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album

Year Chart Position
1975 Black Albums 5
1975 Jazz Albums 18
1975 Pop Albums 48

Billboard (North America) - singles

Year Single Chart Position
1975 Spirit of the Boogie Black Singles 1
1975 Caribbean Festival Black Singles 6
1975 Spirit of the Boogie Pop Singles 35
1975 Caribbean Festival Pop Singles 55

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