Kool and the Gang - Wild and Peaceful

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Kool & the Gang - Wild and Peaceful
Studio album by
 Kool & the Gang
Released September 1973
Recorded 1973
Genre Funk, R&B
Length 37:45
Label De-Lite
Producer Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
Good Times
Wild and Peaceful
Light of Worlds
Singles from Wild and Peaceful
  1. "Funky Stuff"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Jungle Boogie"
    Released: November 24, 1973
  3. "Hollywood Swinging"
    Released: 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Rolling Stone (mixed)


  "Wild and Peaceful" is the fourth studio album, and sixth album of new material released by the funk band Kool and the Gang, and is their commercial breakthrough album. The album was released in 1973 and was hugely successful on the Billboard R&B chart reaching #6 and charting for 36 weeks. It also reached #33 on the Pop charts, making it the band's first entry into that chart's Top 40. The album spawned the band's first 3 Top 10 singles. "Funky Stuff" reached #5 R&B/#29 Pop. The hugely popular track "Jungle Boogie" soared to #2 R&B and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Hollywood Swinging" topped the Billboard Hot Soul Singles in June 1974 while reaching #6 Pop. The latter two singles both sold over a million copies and were certified Gold by the RIAA. The album itself was also certified Gold.



Track listing

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Funky Stuff" Brown, Kool & the Gang 3:00
2. "More Funky Stuff" Kool & the Gang 2:50
3. "Jungle Boogie" Kool & the Gang 3:03
4. "Heaven at Once" Bell, Kool & the Gang 5:01
5. "Hollywood Swinging" Kool & the Gang, Westfield 4:36
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Is You, This Is Me" Brown, Kool & the Gang 5:23
2. "Life Is What You Make It" Kool & the Gang, Thomas 3:53
3. "Wild and Peaceful" Bayyan, Kool & the Gang 9:26




  • Robert "Kool" Bell – bass, vocals
  • "Funky" George Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Ricky West – electric piano, vocals
  • Clay Smith – guitar
  • Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas – alto saxophone, flute, congas, vocals
  • Ronald Bell – tenor and soprano saxophones, vocals
  • Robert "Spike" Mickens – trumpet, vocals
Additional Personnel
  • Don Boyce – backing vocals (3)
  • Rory Bell – backing vocals (4)
  • Tomorrow’s Edition (Jerome Gourdine, Aaron Mathis and Wesley Thomas) – backing vocals (6)



  • Produced and Arranged by Kool & The Gang
  • Engineers – Harvey Goldberg and Jeff Lesser
  • Recorded at MediaSound Studios (New York, NY).
  • Cover Artwork – Joseph Askew
  • Album Design – Richard Askew




Kool and the Gang - Wild and Peaceful

U.S. De-Lite DEP 2013 stereo (1973) 1st press.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

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