Something Special [Expanded Edition]

Something Special [Expanded Edition]

by Kool & the Gang


With their long track record, Kool & the Gang have always offered dance-provoking rhythms and Something Special fits that bill, too. Featuring the number one single "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)," James "J.T." Taylor approaches the song in a cool, mesmerizing tone, closing out the vamp in his falsetto with a burst of energy while the background vocals chant the subtitle throughout the chorus. Not known to lead a song in falsetto, Taylor further utilizes this talent on the motivated rhythms of the nocturnal scenario of "Steppin' Out." It maintained a steady stride, rising to the number ten spot on the charts. The third single from the album was "Get Down on It." As the title indicates, this is a gritty funk track that worked its way up the charts to claim the number three position, selling more than 500,000 copies. Although there were no more charted singles from this album, the entire collection is deserving of recognition. On a slower note, "Pass It On" and "No Show" received regional airplay. The former encourages people to spread love to all children, and the latter is a sorrowful account of a man left standing in the rain, waiting for the love that never showed. Both singles have similar rhythm arrangements. As for inspirational songs, "Stand Up and Sing" is a moderately paced single with lyrics that are uplifting. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2013
Label: Big Break
UPC: 5013929045637
catalogNumber: 2904563

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kool & the Gang   Primary Artist
James "J.T." Taylor   Vocals,Background Vocals
Deodato   Keyboards
Brian Jackson   Keyboards
Dennis   Alto Saxophone
Kelly Barretto   Background Vocals
Ronald Bell   Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Robert "Kool" Bell   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
George "Funky" Brown   Drums,Background Vocals
Mallory Earl   Overdubs
Steve Greenfield   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals
Cynthia Huggins   Background Vocals
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Joan Motley   Background Vocals
Michael Ray   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Alto Saxophone
Clifford Adams   Trombone,Background Vocals,Treble
Charles Edward Smith   Guitar
Bob Winard   Overdubs
Claydes Smith   Guitar

Technical Credits

Kool & the Gang   Composer,Producer
James "J.T." Taylor   Composer
Deodato   Producer
Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Liner Notes
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Curtis "Fitz" Williams   Composer
Anthony Barboza   Cover Photo
Bill Levy   Concept
Mark Weinberg   Package Redesign
Jim Bonnefond   Engineer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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