Bustin' Out of L Seven

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Bustin' Out of L Seven
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 16, 1979
Recorded1978
StudioSigma Sound Recording Studio, New York City, New York
Magic Wand Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA
GenreR&B[1]
Length40:16
LabelGordy
ProducerRick James & Art Stewart
Rick James chronology
Come Get It!
(1978)
Bustin' Out of L Seven
(1979)
Fire It Up
(1979)
Singles from Bustin' Out of L Seven
  1. "Bustin' Out (On Funk)"
    Released: January 12, 1979
  2. "Fool on the Street"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
The Village VoiceB−[2]

Bustin' Out of L Seven is Rick James' second studio album on Motown sub-label Gordy Records. Included on the album is the top ten R&B hit, "Bustin' Out (On Funk)". L7 is slang for "square", as in the opening lyrics of "Bustin' Out (On Funk)", "Well, alright, you squares, it's time you smoked, Fire up this funk and let's have a toke". The letter L and the number 7 form a square.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Rick James.

Side A

  1. "Bustin' Out" - 5:24
  2. "High on Your Love Suite/One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)" - 7:24
  3. "Love Interlude" - 1:57
  4. "Spacey Love" - 5:50

Side B

  1. "Cop N Blow" - 5:04
  2. "Jefferson Ball" - 7:21
  3. "Fool on the Street" - 7:20

2014 digital remaster bonus track

  1. "Bustin' Out (12" Extended Mix) - 7:21

2014 Complete Motown Albums bonus tracks

  1. "Bustin' Out (12" Extended Mix) - 7:21
  2. "Bustin' Out (12" Instrumental) - 5:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Rick James - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion
  • Oscar Alston - bass
  • Levi Ruffin - synthesizer, percussion
  • Wally Ali - guitar on "Cop 'N' Blow"
  • Ernie Fields, Jr. - saxophone
  • Michael Brecker - saxophone
  • Randy Brecker - trumpet
  • Fred Jackson, Jr. - alto saxophone, alto flute
  • Al Szymanski - guitar
  • Lanise Hughes - drums, percussion
  • Lorenzo Shaw - drums, percussion
  • Shondra Akiem - percussion
  • Maxine Willard Waters - background vocals
  • Clydene Jackson - background vocals
  • Fernando Harkness - tenor saxophone on "High on Your Love Suite" and "Fool on the Street"
  • Garnett Brown - trombone
  • Dorothy Ashby - harp on "Spacey Love" and "Jefferson Ball"
  • Clarence Sims - keyboards, percussion
  • Wayne Jackson - trumpet on "Spacey Love" and "Fool on the Street"
  • Jackie Ruffin - percussion
  • Oscar Brashear - trombone
  • George Bohanon - trombone
  • Teena Marie - background vocals
  • Billy Nunn, Bobby Nunn - keyboards, Freddie Rappilo - guitar, Richard Shaw - bass, Lorenzo Shaw - drums on "High on Your Love Suite"
  • Julia Tillman Waters - background vocals
  • Bobby Nunn, Billy Nunn, Sascha Meeks, Richard Shaw, Jackie Ruffin - background vocals on "High on Your Love Suite"

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart positions[3]
US US
R&B
1979 16 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[4]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1979 "Bustin' Out (On Funk)" 71 8
"Fool on the Street" 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rick James - Bustin' Out of L Seven at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 8, 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Rick James US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  4. ^ "Rick James US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-06-15.

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