Street Life (The Crusaders album)

Street Life is a studio album by the American jazz band the Crusaders. It was a top 20 album on three Billboard charts and represents the peak of the band's commercial popularity. The title track, featuring singer Randy Crawford, was a Top 40 pop single (No. 36) and became the group's most successful entry on the soul chart (No. 17).[1] It was No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart. "Street Life" also hit the disco chart, peaking at No. 75,[2] and was re-recorded by Doc Severinsen with Crawford reprising her vocal for the opening sequence of the noir crime drama Sharky's Machine, directed by Burt Reynolds in 1981. This faster paced version was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, released in 1997.

Street Life
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 9, 1979
StudioHollywood Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California
GenreJazz, R&B, disco
ProducerWilton Felder, Stix Hooper, Joe Sample
The Crusaders chronology
Street Life
Rhapsody and Blues

The cover photograph was taken at 409 N Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California.[3]

Critical reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [6]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [5]

The Bay State Banner noted that "Crawford's voice has passion and intensity, unlike the meanderings heard on her albums."[7]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[8]

Track listing edit

  1. "Street Life" (Will Jennings, Joe Sample) – 11:18
  2. "My Lady" (Wilton Felder) – 6:43
  3. "Rodeo Drive (High Steppin')" (Sample) – 4:28
  4. "Carnival of the Night" (Felder) – 6:24
  5. "The Hustler" (Stix Hooper) – 5:18
  6. "Night Faces" (Sample) – 5:10

Personnel edit

Charts edit

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1979 Black Albums 3
1979 Jazz Albums 1
1979 Pop Albums 18

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Single Position
1979 Black Singles "Street Life" 17
1979 Club Play Singles "Street Life" 75
1979 Pop Singles "Street Life" 36

References edit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 140.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 66.
  3. ^ "Musical Maps". Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Street Life". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 53. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 323. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  7. ^ Lane, George (7 June 1979). "Shades of Blue". Bay State Banner. No. 35. p. 13.
  8. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.

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