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Music Is the Message
Music Is The Message1972.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1972
Recorded1971-1972
GenreFunk, soul, R&B
Length34:13
LabelDe-Lite[1]
ProducerKool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Live at PJ's
(1971)
Music Is the Message
(1972)
Good Times
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[3]
(The New) Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]

Music Is the Message is the second studio album, and the fourth overall album, by the funk band Kool & the Gang.[2] It was released in 1972.[5][6]

The album peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Kool & the Gang; except where indicated.

Side 1
No.TitleLength
1."Music Is the Message"5:18
2."Electric Frog (Part 1)"3:43
3."Electric Frog (Part 2)"3:02
4."Soul Vibrations"4:39
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Love the Life You Live (Part 1)"Kool & the Gang, Gene Redd3:01
2."Love the Life You Live (Part 2)"Kool & the Gang, Gene Redd2:48
3."Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"Thom Bell, Linda Creed3:26
4."Blowin' with the Wind" 2:31
5."Funky Granny"Kool & the Gang, Gene Redd5:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Dennis "D. T." Thomas – alto saxophone, vocals, flute, percussion
  • Ronald Bell – tenor saxophone, vocals, alto flute
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens – trumpet, vocals, flugelhorn, percussion
  • Claydes Smith – guitar
  • Rick West – pianos, ARP synthesizer, vocals
  • Robert "Kool" Bell – bass, vocals
  • George Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
Additional personnel
  • Assunta Dell’Aquila – harp

References[edit]

  1. ^ Popoff, Martin (September 8, 2009). "Goldmine Record Album Price Guide". Penguin – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "Kool & the Gang: Music is the Message" at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 5: MUZE. p. 8.CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ (The New) Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 2004. p. 464.
  5. ^ "Ronald Bell, Co-Founder, Songwriter And Producer Of Kool & The Gang, Dead At 68". NPR.org.
  6. ^ Newman, Jason (June 29, 2015). "Kool & the Gang: Our Life in 15 Songs". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ "Kool & the Gang". Billboard.

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