by The CrusadersThe 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.)

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602517184053
catalogNumber: 000826802
Rank: 27171

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crusaders   Primary Artist,Vocals
Wayne Henderson   Trombone
Randy Crawford   Vocals
Bill Withers   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Joe Sample   Piano,Keyboards
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Roland Bautista   Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David T. Walker   Guitar
Freddy Robinson   Guitar
Billy Rogers   Guitar
Max Bennett   Bass,Electric Bass
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Robert Bryant   Tenor Saxophone
Robert Bryant   Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Wilton Felder   Electric Bass,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Green   Tenor Saxophone
Stix Hooper   Percussion,Drums
James Jamerson   Electric Bass
B.B. King   Guitar
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Efraim Logreira   Percussion
Dean Parks   Guitar
Maurice Spears   Bass Trombone
Sid Garris   Conductor
Bobby Finnerty   Guitar
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass

Technical Credits

Larry Carlton   Composer
Joe Sample   Composer,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Wilton Felder   Composer,Producer
Stix Hooper   Composer,Producer
Will Jennings   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Randy Aronson   Master Tape Research
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Composer

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