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Street Life

The Crusaders

1979

Street Life

Album Summary

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). It was No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart. "Street Life" also hit the disco chart, peaking at No. 75, 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 version was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, released in 1997. The cover photograph was taken at 409 N Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California.

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Rating

3.16

Votes

5759

Genres

  • Funk
  • Jazz
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Wed Apr 28 2021
1

Absolute garbage - elevator music by numbers

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Thu Jul 08 2021
1

Elevator disco trash. Utterly pointless.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
1

This album actually made me angry because it felt like I was waiting on hold for 40 minutes - this is telephone hold music!!! Only the title track has vocals and is a bit more disco-influenced, but there's a mismatch between the jaunty tune and the lyrics about life on the street.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

pretty exquisite, but doesn't really tingle my pringle

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

One of the best records I’ve ever heard. Jazz, funk, and lead guitar all working together. Smooth as hell and the title track is infectious.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Ok but sounded like a jam session mixed with elevator music.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

Street Life is a jazz album for people who don't like jazz--makes sense it would appear on a list like this, like the African albums for people who don't like African music. That said, it's not bad. Street Life, the hit from the album, is well written, arranged and performed, in a New York Soul/R&B/Pop crossover type of way, with a standout vocal from Randy Crawford. My Lady benefits from a slightly unusual harmonic sequence in the chorus, which adds a little interest in an otherwise bland soul/jazz crossover track. The rest of the album is flat out bland, if inoffensive. Joe Sample, Barry Finnerty, Wilton Felder, and Stix Hooper, although fine musicians, take absolutely no chances on this album. The solos are tasteful enough in a toothless kind of way, the album is recorded beautifully, etc., but why on earth would this be on a 1001 Albums you have to hear list? It's pleasant but disposable pop, background music for cleaning fish tanks or scrubbing toilets.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

Oh yeah. This SLAPS. I am all about this.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

C'est avec une curiosité prononcée que je me dirigeais vers cet album des Crusaders en ce mercredi matin, après que mon camarade robvipère m'ait fait part de son attirance pour ce disque. Malheureusement, comme bien souvent, Rob etait complettement a côté de la plaque. Lui, incapable de differencier un bel album d'une daube artistique la faute à une oreille musicale absente, lui critiquant le contenu photographique pourtant fort qualitatif de son partenaire de tablée aux 1001 sushis, lui qui cautionna les insultes emises a l'egard de Ray Charles par l'affreux Elvis Costello, en punissant le pauvre Ray d'un scindant 2/5, lui, qui ferait bien de remettre son tablier de critique, et de se trouver une nouvelle vocation.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Funky vibes, but nothing that really grabs me. It's not bad per-se, but it's just kind of... bland. Sounds like a watered down version of On the Corner or Head Hunters.

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Tue May 24 2022
2

Very uninteresting jazz. This is the sort of thing you hear in an abandoned mall, perpetually out of time. About as close as you get to muzak without actually being muzak. This is background music.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Loved it, great for walking downtown

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

Wow! Great all the way through. It was hard to pick a favorite.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

9/10 chill y <3

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Wishing I would have paid attention to this style of music when it came out. I was in my mid-teens and was exploring other genres

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Not even halfway through and I’m calling it, 5 stars. Awesome funky jazz,m

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Not my usual listening but absolutely loved it. Knew street life but was a slower cooler version. Other jazz instrumentals really great. Love it!

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

L'album est incroyable mais recentrons-nous sur l'anecdote de l'étiquette de caleçon.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Very boring album.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Love the title track, but for the rest, I have difficulty enjoying Jazz.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Jazz fusion as elevator music. Next.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

Didn't like it - was like elevator music. And had the bad version of 'Street Life'.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
2

Loved street life. The rest was bland and unchallenging. After the excellent jazz I've had already on the list, this seemed like a hollow version of that after track 1.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

sjukt bra

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Wat een heerlijke muziek. Fijne melodien en prettige vocals. Goede opname kwaliteit. Will listen again!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Erstes Lied 11:18, wow. Direkt mal arrogant erwarten, dass Leute so lange dran bleiben würden direkt von Beginn. Aber was soll ich sagen; ich bins und das Lied ist n absoluter geiler Klassiker, bekomme Bock in ner Zappelhalle zu stehen und mit ner feschen Disco-Schnalle mal den Weißen Teufel in den Nasenkanal zu schallern und die ganze Nacht Vodka-Sodas zu peitschen, wenn ich wisst was ich meine ;) Generell verspüre ich bei dem Orgel- und Saxophonsolo geile Fick-Vibes mit Intimbehaarung, Pailletten-Kleidern aber ohne Gummi. In den 80er gabs ja noch kein AIDS, oder?! Ich würd einfach gern mal wieder draußen saufen. :( Street Life Minute 9. – Ich überlege zu skippen. My Lady kommt direkt um die Ecke mit einem – zurecht – tausendfach gesampleten Saxophon-lick man kennt's. Nur gut. Bekomme noch mehr Bock auf legeres Koksen in einer Disco. (Ich sollte mir ein Pastellfarbenes Hemd kaufen.) Rodeo Drive bisschen Uptempo, und schöne Bassline drunter. FONKEYYYY. Gitarrensolo hab ich nicht erwartet, mich trotzdem drüber gefreut. Carnival Of The Night, direkt perkussiver(schreibt man das so?), der Bass wird ge-slapped, so wie der Ass von der Bitch. (Wo bekommt man schnell Kokain her?) The Hustler. (Ich brauche mehr Schmuck und Drogenquellen, außerdem Nutten). Guter Track, bisschen mehr Funk als Discovibes, aber was solls. Night faces, kleines Betthupferl. Ich kann das verdammte Orgel-gebimmel nicht mehr ertragen. Meine kriminelle Energie ist nach dem Album sehr hoch, fühle mich wie ein Zuhälter in Frisco, der aber irgendwie nur so der nette Dude ist und nicht so n Frauenschläger. So 'n netter halt. Deswegen schlafen sowohl \"seine\" Mädels als auch \"normale\" Mädels gerne und oft mit ihm. Dass hinterher immer Geld und Kokain aus seiner Wohnung fehlt, übergeht er und sagt sich: \"Die Mädels brauchen das dringender als Ich\". Er will sich nicht eingestehen, dass er ausgenutzt wird, denn mit Ablehnung kommt er nicht klar (deswegen ja auch Zuhälter). Er weint und raucht eine Cohiba, während Emma Watson(im Hogwarts Schuloutfit) ihm einen bläst. Den Schlüssel zu seinem goldenen Käfig hat er schon vor Jahren im Kokswahn verloren. Ich fand das Album gut 5*. Bis zum Nächsten review! Euer EL Mayo

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Loved it

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Some Saturday night fever kind of jazz, loved it

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Una gran canción de apertura y todo suena bien, como para fiesta elegante o día tranquilo ☺️. 9/10

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Loved this!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Great album!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Íkonísk plata. Næs fönkjazz með byrjunarnúmeri fyrir allan peninginn!

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Taba wena la wea

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

LOVED it!

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

This is unreal. Perfect background work music. It's jazz but with funk added in and lots of cool hooks too. Never gets boring. Zero knowledge of them before but this one might be going into rotation.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Easy, very laid back

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Way jazzier and more elevator-music-like than I was expecting! Really liked this, reminds me of the newer "chill" playlists and stations I listen to.

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Fri May 20 2022
5

Caught myself dancing and enjoying life more than usual during this listen. Top fucking notch

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Great jazz!

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Good 70s funk

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

They're having such a great time and I just want to be there with them.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

funk!

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

fantástico, funky, chill, sonidos muy agradables, excelente para tener de fondo, la calidad es buenísima. lo que sí, es muy corto y no propone cosas nuevas, solo buena música, ja, qué más necesitar? en una palabra: cómoda

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

This album is so beautiful and smooth. I love the lounge vibes. Jazz is a very comforting genre for me.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Funking awesome

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

fire, need it in my collection

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Very smooth and great to listen to while studying. I think in other settings it would also be equally as good. Nice Jazz, would've potentially enjoyed more singing though

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

Yeah MAMMA. This had the makings of a five star-er 30 seconds into the opening track. Immediate toe tapper. It's all happening; ride cymbal over piano solo, key changes, big sax, punchy horns. I expected way more vocals after the first track but that sax absolutely sings in its own right. 8 Counts for Rita is a certified screamer - would love to be standing in the front row aggressively pointing for more shred.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Funky

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Tue Oct 20 2020
4

Enjoyed thoroughly!

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

8/10 FT: Street Life

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Jazz-funk, groovy, lange numre, soul/rnb-vibes, sax-soloer

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

Brings back memories of listening to crusaders and George benson on tape in the car. A lovely funky jazzy Motown album that was a joy to listen to

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Street Life is a great song. Relaxing album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Right outta the gates this is smooooth. There are some pretty tasty licks on this album. Definitely a nice choice when feeling like a fresh jazz groove.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Pretty great album. A handful of tracks, but they all work it. If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was a live jazz album recording... 4 stars.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Relaxing to have on in the background - driving, cooking, doing stuff round the house.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Happy vibes

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Jazzy

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

The jazz caught me by surprise, but it was a very welcome surprise. Super chill, great vibe, will definitely listen again.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

First track carries, but good jazz overall.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Cool

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Yeah! Love the title track, and the rest of the album followed suit. Not much else to say.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

A bit flat due to drum machine and other electronic techniques of the 80s, but some good highs as well. Good singing and nice catchy tunes

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Super album de Jazz avec des gros classiques. J'ai reconnu de samples de NTM et j'imagine qu'il y a en plus!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

A very fun little funky jazz album. Certainly not the sort of thing you'll blast on repeat for days, but it's a good thing to put on for some creative energy while working.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

saxy vibes

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

qué buenos ritmos

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

muy buen álbum, perfecto para una buena mañanita

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Soulful, funky grooves and sultry singing. Some instrumental tunes, with borders on cool/smooth jazz.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

JAMS, songs can go a little long often times but love the cores of these songs Light 4

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

Painfully tasteful playing. Elevated to four stars by the epic opening track

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Great disco/funk vibe

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

The title track is amazing! It really should be too long at over 11 minutes but it is somehow consistently interesting. I think it's the best song on the album although everything else is still pretty good. I love the saxophone on every song. Wilton Felder's tone is really nice and it fits the funk/smooth jazz style well. For the most part, it doesn't blow me away enough to warrant 5 stars but it's certainly a very good album. Favorite songs: Street Life, My Lady, Rodeo Drive, The Hustler Decent 8/10

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Never heard before. Liked it a lot

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

A very nice jazz album. Great background listening, very enjoyable during work.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Loved this. Great musicianship and of course vocals.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

This album is so cool - amazing saxophone work and the basslines are very fun. An incredible vibe.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

high step

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

This is some slappin' Jazz

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

A chilled album. Could easily listen to this again!

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Jazzy, relaxing music Really like the saxophone 4/5

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Wed May 19 2021
4

funky (af), street life banger (ja vitu pitkä), pelkkii hyvii biisei

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Great

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Late 70s jazz-funk, mostly sad-forward instrumentals except the title track. Source of many samples. A time piece, production-wise. Reminds me of George Benson Greatest Hits in places. Very nice, a bit smooth.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Good 70's jazz funk fusion album. The first keyboard that came in really felt it like setup the sounds that would stick through the album. Then the bass line in particular was super funky. I've been wanting to listen to more jazz, and while this wasn't exactly what I had in mind it was a blast to listen to. Favorite Songs: Street Life

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Most of this sounds kinda like instrumental Steely Dan, but I dig it!

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

On the fence between a 3 and 4, its better than most 3s so I'm gonna go with a 4. I love the first two tracks, it falls off a bit after that. I think one of them was used in Jackie Brown?

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

11 minute jazz intro? Let's get it "Street Life" is some solid Funk Notes of sonic adventure casino in the rest of the album Okay definitely gets into smooth slow jazz by the end of the album

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

I had liked the album's eponymous song before already, despite the fact that it doesn't shine with conciseness. I did enjoy Carnival Of The Night a lot though!

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Nice sax jazz to have on in the background.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

7,5/10 Muito bom

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

All excellent, pretty brief album and didn't quite consolidate into a single work for me.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Turns out that I didn't know I needed some sweet, sweet Jazz Fusion on a random Wednesday, but I did. It's an easy listen and the 11 minute version of Street Life is the icing on the cake.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Nice jazzy stuff.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Super chill, would listen to on a night drive. 8/10

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

8/10. Fun to listen to, but nothing blew me away.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

7/10 got a bit repetitive but overall a nice listen

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Really enjoyable listen. Clasic slab of late 70's jazz infused funk.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Hace mucho no me gustaba tanto un disco

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