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Gold

by The Crusaders

Gold by The Crusaders

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Gold

by The Crusaders

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Label: Hip-O
In 1970, the Jazz Crusaders dropped the "jazz" from their name, plugged in and became a funk band with a bop pedigree. This surprisingly deft two CD retrospective charts their course from funky jazz band to funky R&B act (and smooth jazz progenitors). The first disc is completely essential -- it's also as entertaining as can be -- and comes loaded with live versions of Crusaders numbers. The second disc ends up illustrating how funk and R&B completely erased jazz from the pop music equation, though such hits as "Street Life" and "Soul Shadows" (with guest vocalist Bill Withers) still hold up nicely.

About This Album

In 1970, the Jazz Crusaders dropped the "jazz" from their name, plugged in and became a funk band with a bop pedigree. This surprisingly deft two CD retrospective charts their course from funky jazz band to funky R&B act (and smooth jazz progenitors). The first disc is completely essential -- it's also as entertaining as can be -- and comes loaded with live versions of Crusaders numbers. The second disc ends up illustrating how funk and R&B completely erased jazz from the pop music equation, though such hits as "Street Life" and "Soul Shadows" (with guest vocalist Bill Withers) still hold up nicely.

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Disc 2

About This Album

In 1970, the Jazz Crusaders dropped the "jazz" from their name, plugged in and became a funk band with a bop pedigree. This surprisingly deft two CD retrospective charts their course from funky jazz band to funky R&B act (and smooth jazz progenitors). The first disc is completely essential -- it's also as entertaining as can be -- and comes loaded with live versions of Crusaders numbers. The second disc ends up illustrating how funk and R&B completely erased jazz from the pop music equation, though such hits as "Street Life" and "Soul Shadows" (with guest vocalist Bill Withers) still hold up nicely.