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Live at the Sex Machine


Download links and information about Live at the Sex Machine by Kool & The Gang. This album was released in 1971 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Funk genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 48:19 minutes.

Artist: Kool & The Gang
Release date: 1971
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Funk
Tracks: 11
Duration: 48:19
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No. Title Length
1. Medley: What Would the World Be Like Without Music/Let the Music Take Your Mind 4:29
2. Walk On By 5:15
3. Chocolate Buttermilk 2:09
4. Trying to Make a Fool of Me 4:29
5. Who's Gonna Take the Weight? 6:19
6. Pneumonia 5:22
7. Wichita Lineman 5:27
8. I Want to Take You Higher 4:13
9. Funky Man 3:24
10. The Touch of You 4:14
11. Kool It (Here Comes the Fuzz) 2:58



Recorded in May 1970 at the Sex Machine club in Philadelphia, Kool & The Gang’s first live album is a stunning document of the era’s heavy R &B attitude. At this point in time the nine-man outfit was essentially a vehicle for its squadron of horn players: trumpeter Robert “Spike” Mickens, alto sax player Dennis “D.T.” Thomas, and tenor sax man Khalis Bayyan (a.k.a. Ronald Bell, co-founder of the ensemble). Depending on the tone of the song, they could spread out and weave (“The Touch of You,” “Trying to Make a Fool of Me”) or generate interlocking staccato patterns (“Pneumonia,” “Funky Man”). In the same family as Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing In the Grass” and Cliff Nobles’ “The Horse,” “Chocolate Buttermilk” is a horn-heavy instrumental that translates the sunny day optimism of the late ‘60s. On the flip side is the group’s reading of “Walk On By,” a smoldering reflection of the era’s tumultuous undercurrent. Live at the Sex Machine is not only a document of the young Kool & The Gang, but of a long-lost ghetto meeting place — the long-since vanished Sex Machine, which was located on 52nd and Market in the heart of West Philly.