Free as the Wind

Free as the Wind

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by The Crusaders
     
 

There's a terrific reason why the triple-CD Crusaders retrospective The Golden Years included six of Free as the Wind's eight tracks -- the material. Indeed, side one of the LP version may be the strongest single side of original tunes that the band ever put together. It opens with Joe Sample's driving, tense title cut,See more details below

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There's a terrific reason why the triple-CD Crusaders retrospective The Golden Years included six of Free as the Wind's eight tracks -- the material. Indeed, side one of the LP version may be the strongest single side of original tunes that the band ever put together. It opens with Joe Sample's driving, tense title cut, and flows flawlessly through Stix Hooper's subtly funky "I Felt the Love," Pops Popswell's infectiously finger-popping "The Way We Was" (a high point in the Crusaders' groove collection), and Larry Carlton's steamy vehicle for Wilton Felder, "Nite Crawler." Even the two tracks that the box set left out -- the galvanic "Feel It," driven by Sample's clavinet and Hooper's tom-toms, and "River Rat" -- are as funky as you can stand it. And from out of the blue, Sample concludes the album with a lovely, wistful tune that may have become a standard, "It Happens Everyday." When the material is this good, everything falls into place from there; the grooves are deeper, the soloing by all five Crusaders is more melodic and probing, and while Sample provides a few brass and string arrangements, this is just harmless decoration, neither a necessity nor a hindrance. This would be the Crusaders' high-water mark in the post-Wayne Henderson years, and it can stand tall with anything they've done.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/1997
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076741707324
catalogNumber:
37073
Rank:
15755

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crusaders   Primary Artist
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Joe Sample   Keyboards
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Roland Bautista   Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Wilton Felder   Saxophone
Stix Hooper   Percussion,Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Pops Powell   Bass
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass

Technical Credits

Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Stewart Levine   Producer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Frank Mulvey   Art Direction
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Composer

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