Something Special (Expanded Edition) - Kool & The Gang

Something Special (Expanded Edition)
KOOL & THE GANG need no introduction. They were the top selling Soul group of the 70’s and 80’s having sold over 70 million albums worldwide and have received countless awards. Without them we would not have such great hits as ‘Summer Madness,’ ‘Get Down On It,’ ‘Celebration’ and who could forget that slammin’ funk monster that features so heavily in Quentin Tarantino’s cult flick - Pulp Fiction; ‘Jungle Boogie.’

1981 brought with it the release of SOMETHING SPECIAL, Kool & The Gang’s 15th studio album, in the same year they would win Favourite Band, Duo or Group in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category at the American Music Awards and would once again feature Grammy Award winner, Eumir Deodato’s special touch on production duties.

SOMETHING SPECIAL rose to #1 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums and a top 20 position in the Billboard album chart along with reaching #10 in the U.K. becoming the bands most successful U.K. album to date spending 20 weeks in the charts as well as going Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in the U.K. in December of 1981 and April 1982, respectively.

Singles featured on SOMETHING SPECIAL include ‘Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)’ which shot to the top of the U.S. R&B chart while gaining top 20 spots on both the U.S. Pop and Dance charts while later achieving a top 30 position in the U.K. ‘Get Down On It’ followed and did even better landing at #10 U.S. Pop, #4 in the R&B charts and better still in the U.K. attaining a #3 position. Beyond that ‘Get Down On It’ has gone on to become one of the band’s most instantly recognizable hits. Kool & The Gang’s chart success didn’t stop there; ‘Steppin’ Out’ also went on to chart, landing an impressive #12 spot on both the U.S. R&B chart and U.K. singles chart.

BBR is proud to present SOMETHING SPECIAL This fully expanded and newly re-mastered edition comes complete with extended liner notes, including new interviews, and added bonus material.

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1. STEPPIN’ OUT                   BONUS TRACKS
2. GOOD TIME TONIGHT         9. STEPPIN’ OUT (US 12” Promo Remix)
3. TAKE MY HEART                 10. GET DOWN ON IT (US 12” Promo Remix)
4. BE MY LADY    11. TAKE MY HEART (YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU WANT IT) (UK 12” Remix) 5. GET DOWN ON IT            12. STOP!
6. PASS IT ON    13. STEPPIN’ OUT (Single Version)
7. STAND UP AND SING    14. GET DOWN ON IT (US Single Version)
8. NO SHOW    15. TAKE MY HEART (YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU WANT IT) (UK Single                                                                  Remix)

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Originally released in 2001, this magical album featured a band comprising Oliver Wakeman (Piano and Keyboards), Steve Howe (Electric & Acoustic Guitars & Steel guitar), Tony Dixon (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles & Flute), Jo Greenland (Violin), Tim Buchanan (Fretted & Fretless Basses) and Dave Wagstaffe (Drums & Percussion). The album has long been unavailable and has been expanded to include three previously unreleased bonus tracks from the album sessions.

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· The album will include a 24 page booklet featuring extensive sleevenotes by Gordon King and full of memorabilia and rare photos from the World Of Twist archive.

 

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