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CD Reviews: KC And The Sunshine Band

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Reviews of KC And The Sunshine Band, The Sound Of Sunshine, Part 3 and Who Do Ya Love all by KC And The Sunshine Band.

KC And The Sunshine Band

Wow. How to describe KC And The Sunshine Band’s best album? The word Fun springs instantly to mind. Close on it’s heals are Party Music, Pure Grooves, and Simplicity.

KC And The Sunshine Band’s music was never about making subliminal political statements or deep though, they just wanted to get down and groove and on this self titled album they best fulfill that goal. From the moment that funky beat starts working on “Let It Go” you know this album intends to keep it simple.

Like Iggy And The Stooges did with rock, this band doesn’t try to overcomplicate things and lays down 9 superb tracks of R&B, Funk and Pop. With KC throwing in plenty of Uh-Huh’s, and Yeah Yeah’s this album somehow manages to skirt around sounding either cheesy or dated. More solid and consistent than any Bee Gee’s album, KC And The Sunshine Band is The Disco Album and a sure cure for any rainy day blues.

The Sound Of Sunshine

Although this album is accredited to KC And The Sunshine band, KC does not sing at all on The Sound Of Sunshine. He did however, arrange and produce the material along with his partner Richard Finch. And even without his voice you’d still probably figure out who it was due to their rather unique disco/funk/r&b/soul fusion that made them so popular. The album features an instrumental version of “Sound Your Funky Horn” called “Funky ’75” along with the great instrumental R&B track “Shotgun Shuffle”. However, while are arranges on this disc are all enjoyable it’s just not the same without KC’s voice and the energy that he brings along. The Sound Of Sunshine isn’t essential for any KC collector, but for avid enthusiastic or disco-buffs it may be worth picking up.

Part 3

While Part 3 doesn’t quite deliver the same quality of funk infused disco tunes as KC And The Sunshine Band did, this album is far from a letdown. “I’m Your Boogie Man”, “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Your Booty” and “Keep It Comin’ Love” are just as good as any songs on their classic album. “I Like To Do It” is also a fine song, and so is “Wrap Your Arms Around Me”. However, unlike KC And The Sunshine Band on which every song was a masterpiece of R&B, funk, and disco, Part 3 features generic disco songs such “Baby I Love You (Yes I Do)” which is to long and “Come On In” which sounds very repetitive. All in all, Part 3 doesn’t posses the same wild charisma and music magic that made KC And The Sunshine Band a classic, if you need an extra CD for that retro ‘70s party you’re throwing, Part 3 is worth picking up.

Who Do Ya Love

Who Do Ya Love was released during KC And The Sunshine Band’s golden period, in the middle of disco fever, it failed to sell well especially when compared with the band’s other albums. It’s no mystery why though. The album eschews the traditional disco vibes and funk infused beats of KC albums for a more reggae flavor (yes, I said reggae) that is most apparent on the track “Come To My Island”. This new reggae style is a bit jolting upon first hearing but actually blends well with KC’s versatile and smooth voice. This new sound obviously was not what listeners wanted during the disco craze but looking back it’s hard to argue that K.C. And The Sunshine band succeeded in serving up a different but yet groovy set of tracks on Who Do Ya Love.

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  • Great reviews of a band unjustly stereotyped as “disco” when they actually were a fusion of R&B with Caribbean music (the percussionist was from Cuba). This is particularly evident on “Who Do Ya Love” when they throw in calypso and reggae.

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