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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001E42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Live At The Sex Machine by Kool & The Gang

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This live outing shows Kool & The Gang in their infancy. Formed as a jazz group, they quickly evolved into a horn-based club band playing hits of the day along with their own original songs, and this package represents them at this embryonic stage in their career. The only significant hit here is the preachy "Who's Gonna Take the Weight," which became a Top 5 R&B hit. The rest of the album shifts between jazzy instrumentals, dance floor jams, and contemporary R&B covers from the early '70s. A fine live representation of the band before they broke through in 1973, this is still the portrait of a band in search of an identity and sound that they hadn't quite discovered. --Tom Vickers

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on July 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent sample of the original Kool and the Gang (pre J.T. Taylor) with a raw, jazzy, and funky set. Recorded in 1970 (and released the following February), this features some excellent instrumentals and a nice streetwise vibe that captures the mood of the era (althlough it still sounds very good today). The rendition of "Trying to Make a Fool of Me" sounds like a Black college marching band playing during the halftime crowing of the homecomeing queen (which is not a bad thing). But the covers of "Walk on By" and "Wichita Lineman" add some creative, jazzy improvisation that takes these songs to another dimension. "Who's Going To Take The Weight" is the fisrst of the gang's message songs, but it doesn't beat you over the head like many others from that time, and the previously unreleased "Kool It, Here Comes the Fuzz" sounds like the soundtrack to a Black exploitation film (some two years before the genre began). This wonderful live set does the amazing feat of capturing the mood of the era while still sounding enjoyable today.
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if u listen to kool's greatest hits and most of you probably have you would think they had always played funky stuff,and the occasional
smooth jazz type of tune like summer madness.The opposite is the real answer kool and the gang were more of a jazz group. I remember this cd when it was a record. the copy I had was old and scratchy but I would play it over and over. there is only 1 really
funky tune on this cd but it is what paved the way for all the rest. FUNKY MAN. can u dig it!
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Until their 1973 LP Wild and Peaceful Kool had yet to refine their dance groove. This LP has more energy than any of their studio recordings at this time (1969-72). Whose gonna take the weight?, Pneumonia and Funky Man are the stand out dance cuts and have a wild, ragged quality favoured by hop-hop samplists in the 1980s. The other cuts show the jazzier, mellower side of the band who already had great chops. The live mix is wierd but good, with extreme stereo separation including the drums all panned on one side in places. Plenty of deep bass too. Another oddity is the audience participation noise. There is a female scream so regular that I could believe it was added after the gig on a tape loop.
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This was one of the hard to get cd`s that i been trying to get for years! Yes i had to give it a five star rating because it is one of kool and the gang`s best performances. All the songs are original recordings---- Thank you Amazon for a dynamite cd.
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had this album back in the 70's. My brother and i would listen to this over and over. Brings back so many memories
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