Kool & the Gang is an American jazz, R&B, soul, and funk group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
They went through several musical phases during the course of their recording career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, then becoming practitioners of R&B and funk, progressing to a smooth pop-funk ensemble, and in the post-millennium creating music with a modern, electro-pop sound.
The late 1970s saw a lull in Kool & the Gang’s success except for the album Open Sesame which yielded the title track “Open Sesame” which achieved some success in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Then came new lead singer James “J.T.” Taylor who joined the group — with 1979’s Ladies’ Night. Their number one hit in 1980’s “Celebration”, from Celebrate!, co-produced by Eumir Deodato. More international hits followed in the early 1980s, including “Big Fun”, “Get Down on It”, and “Joanna”.
Emergency was the eighteenth studio album by the band, released in late 1984. A hit, the album brought a first for the band: three number one R&B singles from a single album. The songs “Misled” (Pop #10), “Fresh” (Pop #9, Dance #1), and “Cherish” (Pop #2) all hit the top spot in 1985. In addition, the title track was also released as a single, and reached the top twenty.
The 12″ single mixes were by Mark Berry.
Emergency (Extended Remix) 6:55
Emergency (Dub) 5:02
Emergency (Remix Edit) 5:21
You Are The One 6:55