My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Street Life is an album by L.A. band The Crusaders who had been around since the 1950’s. The album was recorded and released in 1979.
What I think: I really wanted to love this album of extended Jazz/funk/soul cuts, but this just isn’t for me. The record is mostly instrumental, so I wanted something that would be an updated version of that sixties soul I love so much… a funky, jazzy, even disco-y, and late 70’s version of Booker T and the M.G.’s or Earth Wind and Fire could have been really cool. At times, this album has pieces of what I was looking for, but then it will nose dive into a really bad, funked up smooth jazz (is that even possible?), which makes me cringe and turn down the volume at stop lights.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Not for me, I say skip it.
Rating (Out of 5): 1.5/5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (342/445)
Amount that are new to me: 77%