Classics: Kool & The Gang – Big Fun (De-Lite Records)
Taken from the 1982 released ‘As One’ at a period when nothing could stop Kool & The Gang. An album featuring gems such as ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ and ‘Hi De Ho’. The uplifting horn led ‘Big Fun’ comin’ up as the icing on the cake. And completing an already impressive series of classics. From ‘Ladies Night’ to ‘Celebration’ or ‘Get Down On It’. And the list goes on!!!
In 1964, 13 year-old Robert ‘Kool’ Bell, his brother (Ronald) and 5 high school friends formed an instrumental band called The Jazziacs. They changed their name to Kool & The Flames 4 years later, then to Kool & The Gang in 1969 (to avoid confusion with James Brown‘s Famous Flames). They got signed on Gene Redd‘s newly launched De-Lite Records label during the same year.
Their career, just like like Earth, Wind & Fire, can be split into 2 periods. The first (1973 – 1978) establishing them on the burgeoing Funk scene with a twist of Jazz, blending earthy brass, funky bass guitar and chanted vocals. A period which they paved with classics such as ‘Summer Madness’, ‘Jungle Boogie’ and ‘Open Sesame’.
The second one seeing them makin’ a clear-cut transition into Dance/Soul Pop territories. As a result, they would turn themselves into an impressive hit machine, reaching their peak during the first half of the 80’s along with producer Eumir Deodato. Classics such as ‘Ladies Night’, ‘Celebration’ and ‘Big Fun’ among others summarizing their leadership at the time. If not extra goodies such as ‘Too Hot’, Steppin’ Out’, ‘Big Fun’ or ‘Take My Heart’…