The title track and fourth single from Kool & The Gang’s eighteenth studio album was released in a number of variants but this UK 12″ may be the most interesting, managing to encompass all four singles from the “Emergency” album across a 12″ single.
First up is the “Long Remix” of “Emergency” which strangely enough runs 1min 23sec shorter than the “Extended Mix” on the US 12″, this is followed up on the flipside with a medley of the first and second singles from the album, Fresh & Misled, this is great mix of two tracks that had already gone Top 10 in the US.
Finally, the 12″ closes out with the extended 12-inch version of “Cherish” which includes the same flourishes that were added to the single/video version of the tune, plus saxophone parts during various sections of the song (introduction, bridge, etc.), including a whole additional sax interlude after the first chorus.
“Cherish” was the third single released from the band’s multi-platinum album, Emergency. “Cherish” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1985, remaining in the runner-up position for three weeks.It was a number-one hit on both the R&B and adult contemporary charts in the U.S., spending one week atop the R&B chart and six weeks atop the AC chart. In the UK, the song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.
Emergency (Long Remix) 5:32
Fresh / Misled (Special Mix) 6:14
Cherish (Long Remix) 5:43
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