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Editorial Reviews


1. Celebration
2. Get Down On It
3. Fresh
4. Too Hot
5. Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)
6. Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh La, La, La)
7. Misled
8. Cherish (12in version)
9. Ladies Night
10. Steppin' Out
11. Joanna
12. In The Heart
13. Take It To The Top
14. Tonight (12in version)
15. No Show
16. Straight Ahead
17. Stone Love

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 7, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001E56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the best CD's ever made.
Romeo
These guy kept us dancing and grooving to some beautiful ballads and great dance songs, too!
ClarityOfMind
Celebration: The Best of Kool & the Gang is the best songs from a great band.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This compilation covers 1979-1987, the most successful phase of a long career by a great band. All the hits are here: "Get Down On It", "Celebration", "Fresh", "Cherish", "Misled", "Too Hot", "Joanna", "Ooh La La La", "Tonight" and "Ladies Night" all digitally remastered. For those just looking for a one stop shop of Kool and the Gang, this greatest hits is the perfect purchase. A must have for any rock collector.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on January 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The CD is a good complilation of the later works of Kool & The Gang. It compliments the Best of Kool & the Gang 1969-76 CD, so I suggest buying the both of them if you want a comlete collection of CDs that cover Kool & the Gang's career with out overlapping and duplicating tracks. Added bonus: the version of "Cherish" on this CD is the extended track.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roberto on July 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ahhh, I just has to write a review because I saw Kool & the Gang live just last week here in Barcelona. I saw them in Chile in '99, with original singer JT Taylor, and now again. You just can't overlook the fact that their songs have become timeless, and I'm not talking celebration here. It's all about simplicity, groove and unpretentiousness. This was, and is, music to dance to and feel good and they sure know how to accomplish it. At the same time, you have to understand that grooves don't hold themeselves up all by themselves, and you need excellent musicians to "Get down on it" in a serious way. What I saw in Barcelona last week was a show of pure professionality and funk. Only three original members remain, bassist "Kool", the guitarrist and the great lead sax player. Singer JT Taylor set a trademark sound that the actual singers just can't emulate, but in any case they did an excellent job. I am lucky enough to have heard JT on stage and I can say a large part of Kool & the Gangs success is thanks to him, not wanting in any way to downplay the rest of the crew or "Kool's" uncanny knack for writing really funky grooves. Many critics state that K&tG were basically a dance / R&B act with no substance, but fail to point out that they were kicking around for ages plaing jazz and deep-down R&B, like Hollywood Swinging, etc. Anyone remember "Summer Madness?". Then you know exactly what I'm talking about.
In any case, you've got to hear them live to understand that the Kool & the Gang sound lives on, the grooves are still "tight", the horns are "phat" and the crowd goes nuts every song.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seand67 on May 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This edition of Kool & the Gang excelled in the uptempo songs that crossed over to the Pop Charts, and this CD features everything you need to hear from this era. The group changed direction in 1979 when J.T.Taylor came on board for 'Ladies Night'. After that 1979 hit, Kool & the Gang seemed to always be on the charts, and the notable hits are here!

I'd also recommend Kool & the Gang's 1969-1976 Funk Essentials CD (featuring 'Jungle Boogle', 'Open Sesame', 'Summer Madness', and more from the 70s!). This way , you can have the entire Kool & the Gang story. They're much more than 'Ladies Night' & 'Celebration'..they are without question, some of the founding fathers of funk music!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. R SCOTT on October 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the baddest best of cds this one great it has all of my favorite kool and the gang songs on here and therefore I reccommend anyone whoever likes kool and the gang should buy this album because this is a great best of compilation cd . Some of my favorites on this album are: Misled, Joanna, Fresh, Cherish, Let's Go Dancing, and many other great songs!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With infant fraternal twins, my husband and I like to mix up the music to which we expose them...soft stuff for sleep and "bouncy" stuff for play. A ten year age difference between my husband and I makes for an interesting selection of music we can share and music we can't ;^)

This trip down memory lane is fun to "boogie" to with our boys. As we worked our way through the CD, there was the occasional--"I didn't know they did that!" in pleased tones.

Definitely one for the collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haley Irwin on May 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a great party album. If you were around in the 80s, you'll know at least 80% of these songs, and 100% if you listened to R&B music. From upbeat songs like Celebration to all the ballads, just about everything from this period of Kool and the Gang is here. If you're looking to get all the radio hits on one album, you'll get them here.

As a side, the entire "funk essentials" series is great for these type of collections. If you like this style of music, check out the others.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ying Jiang on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's a great compilation of Kool & the Gangs hits. Although a few hits are missing here: Rocksteady, Summer Madness, Emergency, Be My Lady, Good Time Tonight,... But it is really too hard to collect all their hits in just one CD, 'cause they have soooo many good songs.
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