Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kool & The Gang : N.t. Pts. 1 & 2

We all know them from their massive disco hits, but hey, the band recorded some of their best music long before that. "Live at PJ's" is the third full album released in 1971 and recorded at a local club. The groove here is far more freewheeling and complex than some of their singles from the later 70s, loads of wicked horn bits from Ronnie Bell and Dennis Thomas that complicate things up nicely, while still staying soulfully in the groove.
The Song "N.T." is the opening of the album and has frequently been sampled by hip hop producers like De La Soul, Kriss Kross, Kool G Rap's "Truly Yours", Nas's "It Ain't Hard To Tell, A Tribe Called Quest's "Mind Power", and a lot more.

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