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The Crusaders

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For listeners willing to overlook the fact that this Crusaders retrospective begins the story in 1970 -- nine years after the combo began recording excellent hard bop and soul-jazz -- the two-disc set Gold is just as good and nearly as thorough as the 1996 four-disc box Way Back Home. (Since the running time is only 17 seconds shy of 160 minutes, it's truly jam-packed.) Focusing on the '70s allows the set to dwell considerably on each record the group released during the decade that produced its most popular (although not most rewarding) music. After grabbing a pair of tracks from the Crusaders' two Chisa LPs of 1970-1971, the set moves on to the Blue Thumb years with multiple selections from every main album of the '70s -- 1, The 2nd Crusade, Scratch, Chain Reaction, Free as the Wind. The material is primarily fusion and jazz-funk, moving into crossover jazz by the second disc, and while the group never quite matched great themes with great grooves, this is the easiest way to get to the heart of their discography. (Rare groove fanatics may agree or disagree with the inclusion of the shortened 12" version of "Street Life," although it still clocks in north of five minutes.)
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1
Freedom Sound
00:01:40

Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1973 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Young Rabbits '71 '72 (Album Version)
00:04:52

Wayne Henderson, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1971 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Way Back Home
00:04:02

Stix Hooper, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Levine, Producer - Chuck Rainey, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - WILTON FELDER, Bass Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Bristol, ComposerLyricist - David T. Walker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Gladys Knight, ComposerLyricist - Arthur Adams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Henderson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - The Crusaders, MainArtist - Reggie Johnson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Put It Where You Want It (Album Version)
00:05:27

Stix Hooper, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Levine, Producer - Chuck Rainey, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - WILTON FELDER, Tenor Saxophone, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - David T. Walker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rik Pekkonen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Adams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Henderson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
So Far Away (Single Version)
00:03:45

Stewart Levine, Producer - Carole King, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1972 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Tough Talk
00:06:05

Stix Hooper, ComposerLyricist - Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - Wayne Henderson, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1973 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Don't Let It Get You Down
00:03:03

Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1973 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Scratch (Live (1974/The Roxy))
00:06:03

Stewart Levine, Producer - Rik Pekkonen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wayne Henderson, Composer - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1974 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Hard Times (Live At The Roxy, Los Angeles/1974)
00:07:30

Stewart Levine, Producer - Paul Mitchell, ComposerLyricist - Rik Pekkonen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Crusaders, MainArtist - P.F. Mitchell, ComposerLyricist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1974 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Stomp And Buck Dance (Album Version)
00:05:48

Stewart Levine, Producer - Wayne Henderson, Composer - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Lilies Of The Nile (Album Version)
00:09:31

Stewart Levine, Producer - WILTON FELDER, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist - Wilton Lewis Felder, ComposerLyricist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1974 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Double Bubble (Album Version)
00:02:43

Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1974 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
A Ballad For Joe (Louis) (Album Version)
00:07:29

Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1974 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
I Felt The Love (1975 Album Version)
00:02:29

Stix Hooper, ComposerLyricist - Stewart Levine, Producer, Associate Producer - Rik Pekkonen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1975 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Creole (Album Version)
00:03:25

Stewart Levine, Producer, Associate Producer - WILTON FELDER, ComposerLyricist - Rik Pekkonen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1975 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Chain Reaction (Album Version)
00:05:33

Stewart Levine, Producer, Associate Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - Rik Pekkonen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1975 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Spiral (Album Version)
00:06:12

Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, Producer, Associate Producer, MainArtist - F. Byron Clark, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Keep That Same Old Feeling (Album Version)
00:05:36

Stewart Levine, Producer - Wayne Henderson, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, Producer, Associate Producer, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - F. Byron Clark, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Free As The Wind (Album Version)
00:06:15

Ralph MacDonald, Participant - Dean Parks, Participant - Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - Rik Pekkonen, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1977 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Nite Crawler
00:04:43

Ralph MacDonald, Participant - Dean Parks, Participant - Stewart Levine, Producer - Rik Pekkonen, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY CARLTON, Composer - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1977 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Sweet N' Sour (Album Version)
00:08:56

Ralph MacDonald, Participant - Dean Parks, Participant - Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - Rik Pekkonen, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1977 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
It Happens Everyday (Album Version)
00:05:40

Ralph MacDonald, Participant - Stewart Levine, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - Rik Pekkonen, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arthur Adams, Participant - Dean Park, Participant - The Crusaders, MainArtist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1977 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Feel It (Album Version)
00:04:15

Ralph MacDonald, Participant - Stix Hooper, ComposerLyricist - Dean Parks, Participant - Stewart Levine, Producer - Paulinho Da Costa, Participant - Rik Pekkonen, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Popwell, ComposerLyricist - Lamont Dozier, ComposerLyricist - LARRY CARLTON, ComposerLyricist - Roland Bautista, Participant - The Crusaders, MainArtist - Wilton Lewis Felder, ComposerLyricist - Robert "Pops" Popwell, ComposerLyricist - A Crusaders Production, Unknown, Other

℗ 1977 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Snowflake (Album Version)
00:04:54

Stix Hooper, Producer - WILTON FELDER, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist - Wilton Lewis Felder, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Fairy Tales (Album Version)
00:04:42

Stix Hooper, Producer - WILTON FELDER, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist - Wilton Lewis Felder, Producer

℗ 1978 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Street Life (Single Edit)
00:05:31

Stix Hooper, Producer - WILTON FELDER, Producer - Randy Crawford, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JOE SAMPLE, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paulinho Da Costa, Participant - Rik Pekkonen, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Jennings, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1978 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Soul Shadows (Edit)
00:06:23

Stix Hooper, Producer - WILTON FELDER, Producer - Bill Withers, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JOE SAMPLE, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Paulinho Da Costa, Participant - Will Jennings, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1980 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Last Call
00:06:39

Stix Hooper, Producer - WILTON FELDER, Producer - JOE SAMPLE, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1980 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today (Album Version)
00:05:02

Stix Hooper, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - WILTON FELDER, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - JOE SAMPLE, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Jennings, ComposerLyricist - Joe Cocker, FeaturedArtist - The Crusaders, MainArtist - Wilton Lewis Felder, Producer

℗ 1981 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Hold On (Live (1981/Royal Festival Hall, London))
00:04:35

Leonard Caston, ComposerLyricist - B.B. King, Participant, FeaturedArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Andrew Lloyd Webber, ComposerLyricist - JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - Will Jennings, ComposerLyricist - The Crusaders, MainArtist

℗ 1982 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

For listeners willing to overlook the fact that this Crusaders retrospective begins the story in 1970 -- nine years after the combo began recording excellent hard bop and soul-jazz -- the two-disc set Gold is just as good and nearly as thorough as the 1996 four-disc box Way Back Home. (Since the running time is only 17 seconds shy of 160 minutes, it's truly jam-packed.) Focusing on the '70s allows the set to dwell considerably on each record the group released during the decade that produced its most popular (although not most rewarding) music. After grabbing a pair of tracks from the Crusaders' two Chisa LPs of 1970-1971, the set moves on to the Blue Thumb years with multiple selections from every main album of the '70s -- 1, The 2nd Crusade, Scratch, Chain Reaction, Free as the Wind. The material is primarily fusion and jazz-funk, moving into crossover jazz by the second disc, and while the group never quite matched great themes with great grooves, this is the easiest way to get to the heart of their discography. (Rare groove fanatics may agree or disagree with the inclusion of the shortened 12" version of "Street Life," although it still clocks in north of five minutes.)
© John Bush /TiVo

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