Kool Is Back (full 8:14 version)
Funk, Inc., 1971
Most of my musical come-ups from my Europe trip were digital (like the 5 hours DJ Scribe and I spent ripping CDs from the Program Manager of Estonia’s National Public Radio Youth station – thanks Heidy & Bert!) but this one was analog.
This song is somewhat widely known through it’s being sampled many times on everything from the opening drums to “Owner of a Lonely Heart” to Sting and Puffy’s (misguided?) 1997 collaboration “Roxanne ’97″ and it’s inclusion on the Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilations. But this is definitely better than just a sample novelty (my weakness for organ notwithstanding).
“Kool Is Back” has also been music-blogged but I’m pretty sure that I’ve still never heard the full 8:14 version until just now. I’m not naming any names but I’m pretty sure someone tried to pass off the 3:07 minute Ultimate Breaks and Beats version (that fades out in the beginning of the sax solo of all places) as the album version on their blog. That’s not cool man!
Dusty Groove has a reissue LP for a seemingly unheard of $19.99. The average price of a reissue is usually $8.99; it says it’s from the UK…well, at least it makes me feel better about paying 75 swedish kroner (~$11.50) for what appears to be an original German pressing.
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