1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

557. Street Life – The Crusaders

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 

Amazon Rating of Street Life:  4.5/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (342/445)

Amount that are new to me: 77%


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