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As One (Expanded Edition) - Kool & The Gang

As One (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.’


1982 would see Kool & The Gang release AS ONE, their 16th studio album. AS ONE went on to become a U.S. Certified Gold album in November of 1982 helped by its top 30 position on the U.S. charts, and top 50 in the U.K. (spending 10 weeks in the U.K. album chart), while also climbing all the way to #5 on the U.S. R&B album chart. The legendary Grammy Award winning pianist, Eumir Deodato would once again take hold of production duties, assisted by Kool & The Gang. 

The first single release was ‘Big Fun,’ laden with a killer funky bass line and an equally impressive brass section; the single returned the group to the R&B top ten and UK top twenty. ‘Let’s Go Dancing (Ooh La La La)’ made the most noise on the chart front, earning an impressive top 30 position on the U.S. Pop charts like its predecessor and top 10 spots in both the U.S. R&B and U.K. charts. ‘Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho’ was also received well in the U.K. climbing to #29 on the U.K. charts while the third U.S. single, up-tempo, funky jam ‘Street Kids,’ became a further R&B chart hit.

Other notable tracks include the smooth and soulful album closer ‘Think It Over’ and the similarly paced title track.

BBR is proud to present AS ONE in fully expanded and newly re-mastered glory, complete with extensive liner notes including new interviews, and added bonus material.
Our Price: £10.95
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1. STREET KIDS BONUS TRACKS
2. BIG FUN 8. BIG FUN (Single Version)
3. AS ONE 9. LET’S GO DANCING (OOH LA, LA, LA) (Single Version)
4. HI DE HI, HI DE HO 10. STREET KIDS (US Single Version)
5. LET’S GO DANCING (OOH LA, LA, LA)11. HI DE HI, HI DE HO (UK Single Version)
6. PRETTY BABY                 12. LET’S GO DANCING (OOH LA, LA, LA) (US 12” Promo Dance Remix) 
7. THINK IT OVER 13. STREET KIDS (US 12” Promo Dance Remix)

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The Pointer Sisters were one of the most successful female groups the music industry has seen with 18 Top 20 hit singles and 10 top 40 albums shared between the US Pop and R&B charts. In 1982 the Grammy award-winning sisters released the Richard Perry produced, SO EXCITED!, on Planet Records. The Sisters were backed by members of the band Toto on the album.

SO EXCITED! features such classics as the top 20 hit, American Music and the hugely popular title track, SO EXCITED!, written by Anita, June and Ruth Pointer with the album’s Associate  Producer Trevor Lawrence. SO EXCITED! reached the Billboard Top 30 but later went on to become the group’s most recognizable Top Ten hit when a remix featured on the triple platinum selling follow up album Break Out.

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SO EXCITED! reached #24 on the Billboard R&B album chart and became a huge catalogue seller for the group in the mideighties. BBR introduces the original full version of SO EXCITED! for the first time on CD. This edition features extensive liner notes with interviews from Anita ands Ruth Pointer and Remixed bonus tracks.

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1985’s TURN ON YOUR RADIO was the sixth and final CHANGE album, and saw the return of founder JACQUES FRED PETRUS as producer. Single LET’S GO TOGETHER gave the group their final US R&B hit. The album also achieved sizeable international success, with LET’S GO TOGETHER reaching the UK Top 40 and OH WHAT A FEELING also charting in the UK. The album also reached the UK Top 40 and the US R&B chart.

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