Street Songs

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044006402321
  • Catalog Number: 064023
  • Sales rank: 10,697

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Give It to Me Baby (4:09)
  2. 2 Ghetto Life (4:23)
  3. 3 Make Love to Me (4:49)
  4. 4 Mr. Policeman (4:19)
  5. 5 Super Freak (3:25)
  6. 6 Fire and Desire (7:22)
  7. 7 Call Me Up (3:56)
  8. 8 Below the Funk (Pass the J) (2:40)
  9. 9 Give It to Me Baby (5:45)
  10. 10 Super Freak (7:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick James Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Timpani
Teena Marie Vocals, Hand Clapping
The 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
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
Julia Waters Tilman 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Funk

    This is a classic album it ranks up right up there with Stevie Wonders classic 1976 album Songs In The Key of Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One bad brother!!!!

    He was super sexy on this album cover. I couldn't stop looking at it when I bought it back in the day. This album was tough! We will miss you,Rick.

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