Street Life (The Crusaders album)

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Street Life
Street Life.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 9, 1979
Recorded1979
GenreJazz-funk
Length39:21
LabelMCA
ProducerWilton Felder, Stix Hooper and Joe Sample
The Crusaders chronology
Images
(1978)
Street Life
(1979)
Rhapsody and Blues
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 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 (No. 36) and became the group's most successful entry on the soul chart (No. 17).[3] It was No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart. "Street Life" also hit the disco chart, peaking at No. 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 as well as in the Bob's Burgers episode "Eggs for Days", The Venture Bros. episode "The Venture Bros. & The Curse of the Haunted Problem", and the Better Call Saul episode "Quite a Ride."

The cover photograph was taken at 409 N Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California[5].

Accolades[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[6]

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 (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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Street Life - The Crusaders - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (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. ^ "Musical Maps". Musicalmaps.com.au. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  6. ^ 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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