View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Spirit Of The Boogie on Discogs/5(15). 9 rows · Kool & the Gang were funk's kings in , and Spirit of the Boogie was the finest album . Do not be misled: 'Spirit of the Boogie' truly is Kool & The Gang's masterpiece. The funk equivalent of Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue', the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' and /5(8).
They make such bad records that you got to be careful when you play a new tape on the way home from the record store. Their groove is so strong you could wreck.
Spirit of the Boogie may have been first and foremost a funk masterpiece, but it was also so much more. From the African art on the foldout sleeve to the spiritual and musical purity of many of the songs, this album not only bound the band's reverence for their roots to a blistering, street-smart funk, but also demonstrated a keen awareness of their own role in their musical odyssey.
This is a phenomenal set, a superlative album. And because the grooves are so strong, it's easy to forgive weak moments -- most especially the mawkish "Sunshine and Love. Spirit of the Boogie remains a proud achievement.
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