Street Songs

Street Songs

by Rick JamesRick James

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Disappointed because Garden of Love wasn't as well received as it should have been, Rick James made a triumphant return to defiant, in-your-face funk with the triple-platinum Street Songs. This was not only his best-selling album ever, it was also his best period, and certainly the most exciting album released in 1981. The gloves came all the way off this time, and James is as loud and proud as ever on such arresting hits as "Super Freak," "Give It to Me Baby," and "Ghetto Life." Ballads aren't a high priority, but those he does offer (including his stunning duet with Teena Marie, "Fire and Desire") are first-rate. One song that's questionable (to say the least) is the inflammatory "Mr. Policeman," a commentary on police misconduct that condemns law enforcement in general instead of simply indicting those who abuse their authority. But then, the thing that makes this hot-headed diatribe extreme is what makes the album on the whole so arresting -- honest, gut-level emotion. James simply follows what's in his gut and lets it rip. Even the world's most casual funksters shouldn't be without this pearl of an album.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2002
Label: Motown
UPC: 0044006402321
catalogNumber: 064023
Rank: 2981

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick James   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Timbales,Vocals,Timpani
Teena Marie   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Temptations   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Tenor Flute
Armando Peraza   Percussion
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs   Vocals
Oscar Alston   Bass,Percussion,Hand Clapping
Pattie Brooks   Vocals
Charles Veal   Concert Master
Clifford J. Ervin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Piccolo
John Ervin   Flute,Trombone
Melvin Franklin   Vocals
Nathan Hughes   Percussion
Daniel LeMelle   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Hand Clapping
Tom McDermott   Guitar,Percussion
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Roy Poper   Trumpet
Raul Rekow   Percussion
Jackie Ruffin   Vocals
Julia Tillman Waters   Vocals
Marci Thomas   Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals
Bugsy Wilcox   Percussion
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Erskine Williams   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Fernando Harkless   Trumpet
Lisa Sarna   Hand Clapping
Victoria Reed   Hand Clapping
Ja'net Dubois   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick James   Arranger,Poetry,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Otis Williams   Contributor
James Blood Ulmer   Author
Reggie Andrews   String Arrangements
Bobby Brooks   Engineer
Rollice Dale   String Contractor
Daniel LeMelle   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Alonzo Miller   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Richard Street   Contributor
Vartan   Art Direction
Norman Moore   Logo Design
Joanne McDuffie   Contributor
Craig Werner   Liner Notes
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Johnny Lee   Art Direction

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