Street Life (The Crusaders album)

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Street Life
Street Life.jpg
Studio album by The Crusaders
Released 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Jazz-funk
Length 39:21
Label MCA
Producer Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper and Joe Sample
The Crusaders chronology
Street Life
Rhapsody and Blues
(1980)Rhapsody and Blues1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

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 (#36) and became the group's most successful entry on the soul chart (#17).[3] It was #5 on the UK charts. "Street Life" also hit the disco chart, peaking at #75,[4] 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 and more powerful version was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, released in 1997. The song is also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the in-game radio WorldWide FM. The title track was also featured in the animated cartoon Bob's Burgers, in the (outro) episode "Eggs for Days" (Season 7, Episode 16).


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5]

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



Album - Billboard (North America)

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

Singles - Billboard (North America)

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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 53. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 140. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 66. 
  5. ^ 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.