Monday, April 7, 2014

"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" by Kool & the Gang

Song#:  0785
Date:  10/17/1981
Debut:  67
Peak:  17
Weeks:  17
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The Gang followed up their successful "Celebrate!" album, which featured the #1 "Celebration," with "Something Special." The LP would just miss the pop Top 10 reaching #12, but it got to the top spot at R&B becoming their second and last to do so. This first single got the album off to a slow start at pop by only getting into the Top 20, but like the album it reached #1 at R&B - their sixth.

ReduxReview:  Even though it went to #1 at R&B, this is one of their forgotten hits. Many of their other hits continue to live on and be heard, but this is one that has kind of gotten ignored. Done in a Stevie Wonder-ish shuffle, it chugs along pretty good. However, I think it just lacks the punch that some of their big dance hits had and is probably the reason it has gotten lost over the years.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The group was originally founded by Robert "Kool" Bell and his brother Ronald in 1964. Their original name was the Jazziacs but by the time they issued their debut album for De-Lite Records in 1969, the name evolved to Kool & the Gang.


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