The Crusaders - Street Life
Label: MCA Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Record: VG+ several light scuffs
Cover: VG+ VG++, slight ringwear, two inch creases top left corner
Genre: Funk / Soul
A1 Street Life
Vocals – Randy Crawford
Producer – Joe Sample, Will Jennings 11:17
A2 My Lady
Producer – Wilton Felder 6:43
B1 Rodeo Drive (High Steppin')
Producer – Joe Sample 4:28
B2 Carnival Of The Night
Producer – Wilton Felder 6:24
B3 The Hustler
Producer – "Stix" Hooper 5:18
B4 Night Faces
Producer – Joe Sample
Street Life is a studio album by the American jazz band The Crusaders. It represents the peak of the band's commercial popularity, as it was a Top 20 album on three Billboard charts. The title track was also a Top 40 pop single peaking at number thirty six and becoming the group's most successful entry on the soul chart peaking at number seventeen. "Street Life" also hit the disco chart peaking at number seventy-five. It was also used first on the soundtrack of Sharky's machine ( directed by Burt Reynolds in 1981 ), then later in 1997 by Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown.
This is the album that introduced the Crusaders to a much wider audience and did the same for RANDY CRAWFORD. This is a musical match made in HEAVEN. The only drawback is that Randy and the group didn't work together more often after this project.
This album is one of the classic jazz/funk exercises of the era. A time when the fusion of jazz and funk was at perfection. To me, jazz/funk has evolved into "acid jazz" more so than "smooth jazz" and with the Crusaders, and this album, you're listening to the innovators of both genres.
The jam "Street Life," starts the album off with a bang. This tune paints a picture of "street life" at its classiest, thanks to Randy's vocal performance. You are given a picture of how you can "play your life away," but because Randy's vocal is so seductive, you want to take your chances and play anyway.
From there, you move to the funky/smooth "My Lady" and Wilton Felder's melodic sax. Then it's back to groovin' with "Rodeo Drive." The Crusaders keep it funky with "Carnival of the Night" and "The Hustler." Then they smooth it out with "Night Faces."
Adding to the seductive nature of the album is Wilton Felder's horn work. It is his playing along with the standout title track that sets the mood for your musical experience. You listen to this and you can picture yourself living the "street life." A masterpiece.
The Crusaders & RANDY CRAWFORD - STREET LIFE
it was fantastic I would love to turn back the clock . Songs like this will live forever. This was the time when what you heard was the true sound. Nodays its just all Hi tech