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Street Life

The Crusaders

1979

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Street Life

Rating

3.21

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3599

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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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5

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

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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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pretty exquisite, but doesn't really tingle my pringle

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Absolute garbage - elevator music by numbers

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5

Loved it, great for walking downtown

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5

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

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5

9/10 chill y <3

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5

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

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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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4

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

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

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Elevator disco trash. Utterly pointless.

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5

sjukt bra

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5

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

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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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5

Loved it

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5

Some Saturday night fever kind of jazz, loved it

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5

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

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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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5

Loved this!

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5

Great album!

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5

Íkonísk plata. Næs fönkjazz með byrjunarnúmeri fyrir allan peninginn!

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5

Taba wena la wea

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5

LOVED it!

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5

Easy, very laid back

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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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5

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

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5

Great jazz!

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4

Enjoyed thoroughly!

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4

8/10 FT: Street Life

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4

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

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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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4

Street Life is a great song. Relaxing album

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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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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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4

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

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4

Happy vibes

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4

Jazzy

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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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4

First track carries, but good jazz overall.

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4

Cool

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4

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

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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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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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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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saxy vibes

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qué buenos ritmos

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muy buen álbum, perfecto para una buena mañanita

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4

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

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

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4

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

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4

Great disco/funk vibe

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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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4

Never heard before. Liked it a lot

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4

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

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4

Loved this. Great musicianship and of course vocals.

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4

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

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4

high step

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4

This is some slappin' Jazz

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4

A chilled album. Could easily listen to this again!

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4

Jazzy, relaxing music Really like the saxophone 4/5

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4

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

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Great

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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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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

Nice sax jazz to have on in the background.

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4

7,5/10 Muito bom

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4

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

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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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4

Nice jazzy stuff.

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4

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

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

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

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4

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

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4

Hace mucho no me gustaba tanto un disco

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4

solid light funky disco soul

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4

Lovely stuff

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4

Smooth AF.

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4

Loved the title track, the instrument and vocal parts worked well together. Even my 9 year old son was snapping along in the back of the car.

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4

Loved it. Forgot I was listening and didn't notice when Youtube moved on to similar music.

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4

-Pretty spiffy jazz album -Got some cool guitar at some points

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4

A pretty chilled out album. A nice start to a Monday.

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4

Cool - the instrumental cuts are sleek and classy, hitting similar beats to Gaucho era Steely Dan. The title track, featuring Randy Crawford's impeccable vocals, is solid gold. No grit in this oyster, but a muso's dream nonetheless.

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4

Silky smooth jazz record. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Favorites: "Street Life", "My Lady", "Carnival Of The Night"

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4

Chill vibes, just some people jamming for 40 minutes

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4

Easy to listen to. Know the first track well. Definite repeat.

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4

Street Life (the first track) is excellent.

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4

Napokon malo jazz-a! 😍

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4

Very fun album. Especially enjoyed the last track “Night Faces” with the drums real playing a big part in the experience

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4

Funky AND Jazzy

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4

Great, a classic and clearly very influential.

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4

prva pomisao-odlična podloga za učenje 😄

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4

Jazz, funk. Está bien.

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4

Really great vibe to this album. I actually wish there would have been more vocals on the album but otherwise this is great jazz/soul for the soul.

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4

I was really jamming to this album. Probably going to check out more of their music

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4

Smoove.

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4

Street Lights is a poppin' 70s groove. There is plenty to groove on in this album but nothing really feels spicy or exotic in the jazz styling. It feels closer to jam band music than jazz.

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4

First song was my favorite. 3.5 I'd say

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4

Somewhat surprisingly quite liked this. The jazz and funk combo was very groovy and found myself nodding along to it more than usually with an genre like that

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4

Great type of music. I like it a lot.

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4

Enjoyed hearing this. Pretty sure there are better Cusaders albums but this is solid.

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4

Very fun album. The kind you'd like to own on vinyl and play while you're cooking a weekend breakfast.

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4

Coincidentally I was listening to this album not that long ago after listening to some garbage that got suggested to me by this list. I said to myself "it's a shame I get that crap but something this good will never show up". That's the universe once again telling me to shut my damn mouth. Thanks universe.

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4

A sound so fresh, so clean, the band is tight, the sound is crisp, Street Life is stunning. A real gem of jazz fusion.

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4

jazzy i hope

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4

Muito bom.

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4

This was super groovy and I enjoyed it a lot

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4

I will describe every jazz album I like as chill jazzy vibes, and that's what this was. Street life especially slapped tho.

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4

Have you ever encountered a track that, while great, makes you wonder when it will end? Makes you wonder how long the track actually is as it is going on? Then you see and it's beyond ten minutes and you don't mind it at all as the song is rather great from start to finish. That was me with Street Life. The other songs are good too, those aren't to be missed as well. Favorites: Street Life, Rodeo Drive (High Steppin'), Carnival of the Night.

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3

Enjoyable listen, obviously hugely skillful with some enjoyable moments. However, felt a tad generic and the slick 80s production got wearing by the end. Fine, but can't see myself listening to it again.

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от прослушивания получаешь весьма интересный опыт, поскольку я в целом весьма далек что от мира джаза, что от мира фанка, а уж слышать эти два жанра вместе для меня было совершенно в новинку. но несмотря на оригинальность стиля, стоит признать, что кроме одноименной песни нет абсолютно ничего интересного. иными словами, альбом блекнет от поставленных слушателю ожиданий. уверен, что ценителям жанра понравится, никаких проблем с релизом нет, но не послушав этот альбом, массовый слушатель не потеряет шедевр.

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3

This was a chill experience. Had a good sound and enjoyed it with my morning.

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3

I really enjoyed listening to this in a dimly lit bathtub filled with bubbles and rose petals.

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3

Street Life, An iconic song in the 70s. All around a nice instrumental jazz album with hints of soul.

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3

Decent old jazz album.

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3

Competent album. Not my cup of tea.

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3

Quite relaxing but slightly upbeat/bop jazz Didnt like the vocals in "Street Life", but this is the only song with vocals. 3stars?

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3

Pretty interesting jazz album .

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3

It SOUNDS good, as in production and mixing... but it also sounds like telephone hold music

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3

Top soul albumpje

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3

The stand out song by far is Street Life. While the instrumentals of the rest of the albums are a strong mix of Jazz and Funk, the soulful voice truly brings completion to the title track.

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3

i don't think i'd ever heard of them before this, but i thought this album was pretty ok. spotify, as it does, kept playing when i was over, and the first track was Look Beyond The Hill, from The 2nd Crusade - and that was AWESOME.

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3

Compared to the metal music we were hearing, it was nice to have calming “elevator music”

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3

nemůžu objektivně ohodnotit, ale špatné to nebylo

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3

more of an ep, classic disco, unlikely to even remember the band name though

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Man nenne mich Musikbanause, aber ich bin wirklich selten (also nie) in der Stimmung für die Jazz-Funk-Verbindung. Einziger Moment wäre vielleicht im Ballsaal eines bald untergehenden Schiffes. Bisschen soziales Geplänkel auf einer Soirée. ‚Ja mein Herr, ich bin allein hier. Sehr gern würde ich noch einen Martini nehmen. Sie Charmeur. Ihre Koje hat Ausblick? Das würde ich sehr gern sehen.‘

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Street life kennt man ja sogar. 1a Jazz track den ich mir zu einem klassischen mit Omar Sy besetzten "ziemlich-beste-freunde"-esken Film gut vorstellen kann. Der Rest isch hald a subbr dschäs. Kannst nix sagen. Nur ist Instrumental Jazz nicht mein Ding. Alles in allem Solid!

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Schieb mich Quentin. 3

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3

Meh. I feel like I've heard at least one of these songs, perhaps on a movie soundtrack.

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3

Highlight: Rodeo Drive This is essential 70's funk-jazz. Pleasant to listen to, but my brain isn't wired for jazz.

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3

Night Time Street Jazz. Very background, but would put on in the right mood, and the opener is killer thanks to the vocalist.

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Street Life, the song, is cream of the crop, one of best 70s songs. Rest of the album is decent instrumental jazz with cool funky and r&b/soul vibes

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3

7

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3

El género está genial, pero las canciones de vuelven repetitivas.

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3

No es el tipo de disco que yo elegiría escuchar (la música instrumental me apetece escucharla sólo en momentos muy concretos), pero suena súper bien.

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Ihan ok taustamusaa, olisko genreltään lounge jazzia? Jatsilta kuulosti ja loungeen voisin kuvitella tämän lätyn soimaan. Vähän sellainen sielukas vivahdekin tässä oli, ainakin kun laulettiin. Ei herättänyt tunteita oikein suuntaan tai toiseen.

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3

Smooth jazz, I'm vibing

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3

Great singing on the title song, the rest errs way too much towards schmaltz

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3

Easy flowing yacht-rock with a tinge of elevator music. This album perfectly encapsulates the late 70's sound.

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3

Literally 40 minutes of saxophone solo

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3

2 1/2. Rounded up to 3.

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3

Street Life is great, but the rest of the album just sounds like an extended instrumental break from that song. You could take any track and insert it into Street Life and it would fit perfectly.

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In Conclusione: Li avevo già sentiti nominare ma mai ascoltati prima. Devo dire che questo Jazz/Funk è sicuramente sfizioso ed è forse tra le incarnazioni migliori del Jazz perché toglie la vena pretenziosa alla Bill Evans. Comunque mi ha divertito molto ma la natura del genere, con queste lunghe simil-improvvisazioni strutturate mi porta a non riuscire a dare un voto particolarmente alto perché la percepisco molto come background music (e questo è un problema della maggior parte del Jazz che segue la struttura classica tema/improvvisazione). Comunque magari me lo risentirei volentieri come sottofondo raffinato che groova, però difficilmente farei un ascolto dedicato.

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3

A bit too Muzak-like for me.

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3

Intro a little pedestrian. 2nd song "My Lady" definitely has a great pace, soaring. Rest just OK.

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3

Something definitely interesting. I wasn’t blown away by any means. It was pretty alright for a one time listen.

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3

real smooth jazz. nothing stands out as good or bad

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3

It's cool or whatever. Nice funky jazz. Great background music. But not my bag.

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3

Electro jazz/funk. Hat etwas von besserer Fahrstuhlmusik.

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Riassunto: inizialmente parte qualcosa che mi ricorda Beautiful (soap opera), ma poi si apre e riconosco la canzone.. "Street Life", che bomba! Poi il resto delle tracce strumentali che mi piacciono a tratti, ma che trovo un po' noiose. Sarebbe un 2.5, ma siccome due mi sembra troppo poco do un 3. (Forse anche Ute se lo meritava..)

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3

Sax, banging sax, street life 4,5/5 but its long so 4/5. 3,5 overall.

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Jazz suave, tranquilo, con un tema muy conocido

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3

Some good jazz but didn't love it. Wish it had more vocals as the title track was superior with them

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3

Some straight-up jazz, less esoteric than some of the previous things on the list (Mingus, etc.) but made for a great mountain biking soundtrack. The instrumentals shone.

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3

The first song rips, the rest is kind of sleepy

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3

Funk/Soul/Jazzy not my fav

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3

I enjoyed the street life song but the rest was a bit too jazzy for me.

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3

pat metheny but more jazzy fave tracks: street life, my lady

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3

The rare mix of dentist’s office music and sex!

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3

yeh, cool. got a hit, but don't know if it's a classic to me

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3

Solid jazz funk fusion album. The first track 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. (6/10) Favourite Tracks: Street Life

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3

Not really my favorite style of music, but it's certainly listenable. 3 stars.

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3

It's alright. Just 40 min of mostly instrumental jazz. Not my first pick for most circumstances

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This was okay, some good tunes. I think I'm finding out that I'm too particular about saxophones because I only like them sometimes.

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3

It's ok but dull

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Funky

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3

Pretty good mix of jazz and funk

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3

A bit on the cheesy side but introduced me to a new genre

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3

Overall: Good up tempo jazz album Relisten: Yes

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Woowee, jazz-funk! An album of straight-up 70s jazz-funk, evoking a 70s urban atmosphere of hustlers, punks, pimps and junkies. And so, it's an album firmly stuck in 1979, all economic malaises and Iranian hostage crises. So, the album and the genre itself has dated not all too cheerily. But can one listen to it with clean ears? Yes, of course, and there's stuff to enjoy, definitely. The title track has especially borne the years well. And despite my qualms over its antiquated sound, I rather like the sleazy, grimy aesthetic that this record proffers. But I cannot deny that in some parts it drags and occasionally falls into, yes, elevator music. So, the good parts are good, and the not-so-good parts are not so good. I think I deserve a prize for such a no-nonsense assessment.

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The playing/recording of the solo sax is incredible. It jumps out from the rest and it's like I can hear the tone coming off of every molecule of the instrument. After the first few tracks the album devolved into sameness/background music. More vocals or changeups might have kept me more interested.

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Jazz

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Jazzy funk easy listening

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Street Life!

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I actually quite enjoyed this album. it was short but also exciting to listen and i didn’t get bored! 3.5/5.

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I mean, yeah, this could play forever in the background. I really like that version of Street Life. This is all good.

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Kind of felt like I was put on hold for 39 minutes, but I dig it

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p426, 1979. 3 stars. 1970s smooth pop-jazz, plus Randy Crawford. The background music for Studio 54, silky strings, horns and electric piano. Title track is a classic. Good stuff, well done, but not my thing.

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Jazz album. The first track was probably the worst one, the singing wasn't doing it for me and it went on for 11 minutes. After that it settles into more instrumental jams that are about 5-6 minutes each, and they were all fairly pleasant. Not the intense quirky Jazz, more just good sax solos and jams. Overall liked this album but would probably skip song #1 next time.

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Groovy

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First track is a 11 minute track that doesn't feel like it runs for too long, it's enough to make you feel in the end of the 70's First jazz album i've encountered on the list and since i don't listen to it, it was great to first encounter such a great and easy listen album. After the first track there's five instrumental tracks that makes you feel like you are in a movie, really sountrack-esque but nothing that stands out besides the first track. Fav tracks: Street Lights

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Street life bra sang

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One of the better jazz funk albums of the era. Lots of tracks take directly from disco, most notably in the title track and "Carnival of the Night." Honestly, I was never a fan of the title track single, and although the jazz of this longer version is much superior, I still don't like the vocals or lyrics very much. Bombastic, smooth, and progressive, presenting new ideas with each minute while still retaining its rhythm. Favorites: Rodeo Drive, The Hustler

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Pa okej

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Kao podloga za učenje odlično

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I had no idea 'Street Life' was an ELEVEN-MINUTE SONG. I'm not sure if they did, either.

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I dub thee funky smooth jazz.

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Pleasing as background music. Not something I'll come back to but definitely enjoyable

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Great for the time when it was recorded. But its saxophone/keyboard sound has become cliche' because of every damn soundtrack from the 80's. Three stars because the title track is awesome.

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Never heard the crusaders before but nice jazzy, funky 70s stuff.

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Nice album. 3/5

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More funk than jazz! Fun!

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Great playing. But kind of a light-weight by comparison to other great albums.

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Well produced with great guitar work, but nothing exceptional as a whole.

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This really hit the spot tonight with me. So smooth and like being on a great effortless ride. Weirdly I found Street Life a lot different to the rest of the album which is ok.

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Who knew Street Life was a 9 minute epic. Decent album overall.

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very sophisticated, and swinging

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Really great jazz-funk. That title track in particular is a real journey.

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One of the best opening tracks for an album. The bass and the strings carry it - and that's before you get to the outstanding vocals from Randy. The jazz funk instrumentals that follow feel like they are missing some vocals after such a powerful opener. It can get a little repetitive, but never dull.

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A step above telephone hold music, with added smooth sax.

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Funky jazzy kinda stuff, just over half an hour. First song was good, the rest average. No strong feelings either way. 3/5.

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I tried to shake off the thought that the opening of the title track sounded like muzak, or Kenny G. It's jazz, that's what it should be. I've actually listened to the album (and similar music in the genre) for over a week now. It's great easy listening in the background. And I really liked the Street Life the song (vocals were awesome and the sound was groovy), though I don't understand why it wasn't about 4 minutes long (5 max). It just repeated. The fact there wasn't vocals the rest of the way through really didn't help me shake that muzak feeling. But again, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Still, after a week of listening I'm not sure I could identify their songs (other than Street Life) in a lineup - what's theirs vs. someone else's. I'd say at least a 3.5 but I just can't round up given how nothing in particular sticks out. I may regret that decision in the coming weeks but average is what it is.

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The cover made me think the album was going to be very different than I expected. Still, the album was a pleasant surprise. The jazz was pretty good, for the most part, but nothing mind-blowing. Their big "hit", "Street Life"... went on twice as long than it should have. I mean, it just meandered. Easily could have been cut in half. Perhaps that's how the single version is, I don't know... The other tunes had that electric 70s early 80s jazz feel. I liked it for what it was, but nothing stood out as "whoa".

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Nice stuff! Man, there is some fantastic music going on here. Don't let anyone dismiss this as "elevator music" or "smooth jazz" - it's intricate, interesting, and each musician is worthy of following through each song. Very impressive, and that groove. Sweet.

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I love the title track but the rest doesn't really stand out to me.

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Oh this is really nice. "Street Life" has got to be practically the smoothest 11 minutes of music I have ever heard. I just wanted it to go on forever. The rest of the album falls short of the title track, but overall it's a jazzy, groovy, pleasant listen. Fave Songs: Street Life, My Lady, The Hustler, Carnival of the Night

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Found this a bit meandering… not a bad record, just not something I’d go for!

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First song was the best

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If I were an elevator, I'd love this. Not sure who thought a 10 minute opening track was a good idea though.

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Lovely jazz disco vibe. Easy morning drive

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3.5

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I found it bland after the opening track, which I loved.

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Okay, I never knew Street Life was actually a sprawling 11 minute epic, and I love it even more than I did before now that I know this!!! After this, the rest of the album is instrumental jazz, funk and soul, which is fine, but didn't grab me so much. Sample diggers paradise though.

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Relaxed

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Great title track, and Carnival is decently good. The rest is elevator music.

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70s R&B jazz that is a little too smooth for me

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Street Life was awesome. Rest of it was pretty noodley for my taste.

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I really enjoyed the first song. Really long, varied, and interesting. The rest was kinda boring, and started to sound more like "muzak." I'm sure its a great album and representative of the genre, but it didn't do much for me.

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Nimen perusteella odotin taas jotain gangsteriuhoamista, mutta heti levyn ensi tahdit yllättivät positiivisesti. Street Life olikin jo ennestään etäisesti tuttu biisi ja levyn ehdoton helmi! Tästä alkoikin alamäki, ja korkeat odotukset murenivat jatkuvasti. Vaikka instrumentaalimusiikin ystävä olenkin, niin melkoista hissimusiikkia oli. Levylliselle Street Lifea olisin antanut vähintään kolmosen, nyt kakkonen lienee oikea arvio.

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Elevator music

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Not too bad but still did not convert me into a jazz fan

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1 - strings are needed or something, ope there they are, groovy af, pretty basic sounding in the first half, so long wth, lacks something idk what yet, it’s just flat 2 - better song, vocal chorus could be nice, more engaging 3 - might just not be into this type of jazz. Dang if they brought the strings out more and a little more “epic” it would be dope, also this sounds like it could be an anime intro at points lol 4 - nah I’m done 1-1.5 maybe a 2, we’ll see how nice I am tomorrow

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meh it was pretty repetitive and the first song didn't have to be 11 minutes long

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Pleasant background music for a party, but not terribly compelling. Smooth jazz feel.

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Elevator music (Muzak). Really not a great album in anyway in my opinion.

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Yeah, smooth jazz. It certainly doesn't do anything really to offend, though it's a bit 70's boring and there is certainly nothing interesting lyrically going on. Meh.

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Le style est bien et l’instrumentation j’ai bien aime. Pour musique de fond en soiree. Mais ily a de meilleures options.

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6 canciones y 39 minutos de disco. Me está sorprendiendo la duración que tenían antes los discos y como fueron llenándose cada vez más hasta la época del CD. Más o menos me gusta el Jazz pero este disco me ha parecido un poco rollo. Lo mismo fue interesante en su época pero ahora me parece prescindible.

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Definitely reschedules a street rift between gangs with its cruisy vibe.

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Jest to moje piersze spotkanie z zyciem ulicy granym przez krzyzowcow, nazwa plyty oraz jej okladka wskazuja na czarne granie i tak jest w rzeczy samej, granie jazzowo soulowe, z bardzo wyraznymi elementami wspolczesnego jazzu, ktory jak dla mnie cechuje sie tym, ze jest wyjatkowo gladki, w niektorych wypadkach do tego stopnia ze zapetlowe czesci trackow moglyby robic za muzyke windowa, a ostatni podgatunek jaki jestem tu w stanie wychwycic, to rytmy disko i charakterystyczne temu wycie trab, bardzo robi to klimat filmow z lat 80/90 o tematyce kryminalnej, doslownie odpalaja sie sceny barowych przesluchan lamanych przez poscigow przy takich kawalkach jak the hustler, ale trakiem ktory najbardziej robi dla mnie te plyte jest tytulowy street life, jedyny kawalek z wokalem, ktory i tak nie jest wymieniony w creditsach, co jest dosc dziwne, od Randy Crawford, bo naprawde nadaja one materialowi charakteru ulicznego zycia, wlasnie ten kawalek laduje u mnie na plejce, gdyby nie on to czulbym sie, ze nie uslyszalem nic godne uwagi w tym posiedzeniu, bo jazz grany tak gladko jest dla mnie czyms nienaturalnym i jest poniekad przeklamaniem gatunku

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Street life is great! The rest totally forgettable background music

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A lot of saxophone. Nice enough, but descended slightly into elevator music. A bit one paced.

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Production: 9/20 Songwriting: 6/20 Innovation: 6/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 6/20 =32

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Jazz pop setentero, completamente instrumental a excepción del primer tema. Nones de mi estilo pero es bastante escuchable.

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Like the title track but all other tracks were very similar without any vocals to spark any interest.

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Very boring album.

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

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It’s fine. It’s quite nice. I get the “it’s elevator music” argument but I had this on while working and didn’t feel this need to turn it off, I even enjoyed it a little - so I guess that makes it good elevator music. Won’t seek it out again though.

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Questo è uno dei dischi più laidi e ammiccanti che io abbia mai sentito e per questo mi è stato anche simpatico. Street Life mi ha divertito ed anche alcuni momenti un pò da sitcom anni 80 però il resto è veramente troppo.

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Jazz fusion as elevator music. Next.

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very funky, but not my thing

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Det er hyggelig baggrundsmusik men ikke mere end det.

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Jazzy

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Street life is a banger. Rest of the album isn't my cup of tea. Not a big jazz fan

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Definitely not my type of music. Very jazzy.

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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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Not sure how much I enjoy this kind of thing. Quite nood-ly and mostly instrumental.

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

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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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instrumental is not always my thing...

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too smooth for me

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Everything takes too long

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I know the song Street Life. The rest is just nice funky jazz. No problems with it at all. I look forward to hearing more of it. First Listen. 2/5

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While, I don't actually hate this, it just seems totally soul less. nothing there, sexy saxophone.

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They all sound like really good musicians, but for me this alb just doesn't hit the mark. If this list was for inoffensive background music to play at dinner parties whilst drinking over priced champagne and running off to the bathroom to do bumps of coke then I would give it 5 stars. But it's not and nothing about this ablum screams essential listening.

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Starts strong with Street Life, kind of lost interest after that.

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2.8 - The first track “Street Life” sounds cool but the rest is glorified Muzak.

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Randy Crawfords vocals on this are great, obviously the pinnacle of the Crusaders pop /Jazz-Funk career. A few good tunes on this but "Street Life" is the standout track for me. Good but wouldn't be on my list!

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I don't have much great to say about this one - I really wanted to like this a lot more than I do. Jazz with potentially a funk flavour (based on the wiki entry) from the 70s sounded like it would be fantastic but I don't get any bit of funk in this. It's smooth - wayyy too smooth - and not being a fan of vocal jazz the first song was a rough start for me. On the positive note, this band could play - that much is obvious - some outstanding individual musicianship is evident (notably in "Rodeo Drive") but my problem is that the songs aren't that memorable or interesting either. Even in Rodeo Drive it just sounds ... dated. I expect to hear this in the background of an old Dudley Moore movie. Not that that would be a bad thing in context :P - it's just kinda meh to listen to on its own. I've heard their earlier album "The 2nd Crusade" (1973) which hit me deeper - on this one I expected as much or more but it isn't anything that sticks with me at all. 4/10 2 stars.

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Street life My Lady 6 titres, simple, good vibe, ils ont l'air sympas en plus

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Nice, but maybe a little bland.

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I liked it at the time, but now it sounds pretty dated and somewhat boring.

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This album sounds familiar. I think I may have inadvertently heard to it while on hold on the phone or in a lift.

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This is one of those albums on this list that makes me think ..."Really?..., I have to hear THIS album ". Sounds like some generic smooth jazz ... the kind that Starbucks used to sell, the kind that give jazz a bad name. 2 🌟

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started out okay, but got repetitive and less interesting over the course of an album. I like tastes of Jazz, not a full album. That's me.

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Not for me.

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Great voice and I love the title track, but the rest of the album sounds like 80s American sitcom theme tunes.

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Tails off pretty badly after the title track.

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A banger of an opening track with a robustness that supports its runtime! I've heard it a million times in films. So this is where it's from... huh.

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I would rather not listen to somebody pretend to be Kenny G. I don't understand the appeal, but clearly somebody likes this shit. Best track: My Lady

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A bit smooth for my taste. I have a live Crusaders album, which has a little bit more bite, but I find their jazz funk a little too polished. the title track is terrific, but the album just washes over me, making little impact.

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Did not pay too much attention, used as background music. Should listen again for its own sake.

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04/15/2022 The song Street Life goes on for days and days. Jesus Christ, please, never again. Jazz morphs into elevator music by the end. Not for me.

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Not that good.

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Pretty average, inoffensive, kind of boring, yet not bad either. Just plain, regular ass music. In this context it's both a good and bad thing.

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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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Yeh not down with the jazz fusion. Palatable but nothing but background noise.

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I wasn’t expecting something that was just one step above elevator music.

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Roxy Music has an album called Street Life. My personal preference is that one. This one is a lot too instrumentally that doesn't really seem to lead anywhere.

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Keek Life

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Absolute garbage - elevator music by numbers

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Totally naff.

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Not on my list.

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nope

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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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Why?

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Every second spent on Street Life was a second I wished I was hearing a jazz record, or something funkier, or something else from this list. It's very professional but entirely commercial. I was totally underwhelmed by the opening vocals which proceeded to completely disappear. There's meandering soporific music I like well enough, but the formlessness of several of these tunes was notable though that haze. Caught a few solos, at least.

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jazz fussion a topeee

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