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“Let the Music Take Your Mind”: Songwriter Uncertain

Let the Music Take Your Mind” is the third of three singles released by Kool & The Gang on indie label, De-Lite, in 1969 — the group’s first year of its recorded existence:

Let the Music Take Your Mind

Kool & the Gang (1969)

Cash Box‘s May 23, 1970 edition would identify “Let The Music Take Your Mind” as one of their ‘Picks of the Week’ and qualify their praise thusly:

Exhilarating side here with a flashing instrumental and more vocal work than the Gang has used before.  Still spotlighting the music and rhythm potence of the act.  Kool & company drive home their point with a party flavor to make this a blues market giant and top forty prospect.

As 45Cat contributor, BeatleJohn, humorously observes, the promo 45 for “Let the Music Take Your Mind” (stereo/mono mixes of the same track, as is customary) features a different songwriting credit on either side!

Side A

Side B

This track was initially withheld from the first issue of Kool & the Gang’s 1969 debut album in the US, but then included on a subsequent 1970 pressing.  Elsewhere in the world, “Let The Music Take Your Mind” was similarly held back from the group’s debut album when released in Canada, Italy, and Brazil — although, curiously, not the case when issued in Netherlands (with markedly different cover art) in 1970.

Debut LP – Netherlands

Note the absence of band members in this cover design

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