Rarities Edition: Street Songs

Rarities Edition: Street Songs

by Rick James

CD(Special Edition)

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Overview

Part of the Rarities Edition series, which Universal distribution used as a way to spin off the second discs of its Deluxe Edition series, this disc, apart from an informational wraparound strip, looks identical to the original Street Songs. Unfortunately, the packaging masks the significance of the disc's content, which amounts to the lone legitimate Rick James live set. A dynamite performance, it's worthy of its own artwork and detachment from a catalog series. Technically taken from two Long Beach gigs that went down on July 30 and 31, 1981, as Street Songs was the number one R&B album in the U.S. -- while opener Teena Marie held up the second spot with It Must Be Magic -- the set is rather evenly spread between Street Songs and each of James' earlier albums. James, backed by his Stone City Band, Punk Funk Horns, and Mary Jane Band, proficiently delivers everything (even "Mary Jane") with a high level of energy. There's plenty of stage-crowd interaction, with James acknowledging the Atlanta child murders, the killing of anti-racism activists in Greensboro, NC, and the death of Bob Marley, all recent events, yet without bringing down the party. A middle stretch features Teena Marie performing "I'm a Sucker for Love" (albeit with Levi Ruffin, Jr. taking James' place) and "Square Biz" (which had just entered the R&B chart's Top Ten). Of course, the remastered Street Songs itself, released in 2002 with the 12" mixes of "Give It to Me Baby" and "Super Freak," is absolutely essential, but this release -- for any Rick James freak -- is pretty close to it.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2010
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602527283234
catalogNumber: 001382402
Rank: 93693

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick James   Primary Artist
Teena Marie   Bongos,Conga,Soloist
Oscar Alston   Bass,Percussion
John Ervin   Flute,Trombone
Daniel LeMelle   Saxophone
Alonzo Miller   Master of Ceremonies
Lisa Sarna   Background Vocals
Levi Ruffin   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nate Hughes   Percussion

Technical Credits

Rick James   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tom Flye   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Norman Moore   Logo Design
Craig Werner   Liner Notes
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
L. Burgess   Composer

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