Ladies' Night, one of the most successful albums of Kool & the Gang, has been reissued on CD in a new edition with numerous bonus tracks.
Originally published in 1979 by the De-Lite Records label, Ladies' Night is for Kool & the Gang the album that definitively establishes the transition from funk to disc.
Before the 1976 the boundary line that separated the two musical genres was very thin. Tracks from Kool & the Gang like Jungle Boogie (1973) Spirit of the Boogie (1975) Love and Understandig (1976) and Open Sesame (1976) clearly testify. Then funk and disco continued on two parallel but different and easily recognizable roads.
After the 1976 Kool & the Gang publishes a series of albums proposing the typical sound of disco-music and with the consequent gradual detachment from the funk of the first albums. Let's talk about The Force and Everybody's Dancin 'both published in the 1978.
In 1979 Kool & the Gang, a group led by Ronald Bell, he entrusted the production of the new album to Eumir Deodato. The result is incredible. The funk the band has accustomed us to is a distant memory, the disco sound is now dominant.
Among those who collaborated in the making of the album we remember Robert and Ronald Bell respectively bass-vocals and keyboards-vocals, the trumpeter Jon Faddis and the singer James JT Taylor. Deodato, besides taking care of the production, plays (rightly) the keyboards.
The album contains virtually all hits: the title track Ladies' Night, If You Feel Like Dancin ', Hangin' Out, Tonight's the Night. Slow songs like Too Hot are also hit.
The "extended edition" reprint contains some bonus tracks such as Ladies 'Night (12 "Promo Disco Mix and Single Version) Hangin' Out (12" Disco Mix and Single Version) Tonight's the Night (Single Version) and Too Hot (Single Version) .
The reprint of Ladies' Night - expanded edition - is published by the specialized label Big Break Records.
Also from Kool & the Gang reprinted by the same label are Open Sesame - expanded edition - of the 1976 and the group's albums released in the years' 80: Celebrate, Something Special, In the heart, Emergency and, recently released, As One.