Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Crusaders ''The Good And Bad Times''

The Crusaders

''The Good And Bad Times''
( LP MCA Records, 1986 )
Catalog # MCA-5781

A1 Good Times 6:59
A2 The Way It Goes 5:27
Flute - Joel Peskin
Vocals - Nancy Wilson
A3 Sweet Dreams 7:40
Drums - Perry Wilson
Guitar - David T. Walker , Larry Carlton
Percussion - Paulinho Da Costa
B1 Mischievous Ways 6:09
Trumpet - Sal Marquez
B2 Sometimes You Can Take It Or Leave It 6:44
Guitar - Rick Zunigar
B3 Three Wishes 7:02
Guitar - Rick Zunigar
Trumpet - Sal Marquez

Personnel & Credits:
Drums - Edward Emory
Guitar - Dean Parks
Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone - Joe Sample
Percussion - Lenny Castro
Producer - Joe Sample , Wilton Felder

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Sleeve note: "Thank you, Nancy, for being not only a great artist, but a wonderful lady" (Joe and Wilton).

The departure of Stix Hooper from the Crusaders basically knocked the main prop out from underneath their interlocked groove, and no combination of drummers and percussionists could put the structure together again. 24-year-old Sonny Emory clearly wasn't the answer to the drumming conundrum; he's competent but stiff when compared to the loosey-goosey Stix. There are only two full-fledged Crusaders left on this session -- Joe Sample and Wilton Felder (Larry Carlton makes a token appearance on "Sweet Dreams") -- and while Sample composed all of the material, hardly any of it strikes fire. Nancy Wilson does a cameo turn on "The Way It Goes," but the tune is a collection of soft-rock clichés, not one of Sample's better inspirations. And most telling of all, this does not sound like a Crusaders record; the rhythm aside, Sample's reliance on harsh-sounding synths deconstructs and desiccates their sound. Pass it by.
By Richard S. Ginell (AMG. Copyright © 2010 All Media Guide, LLC. Content provided by All Music Guide ®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC. All rights reserved.)

By Pier


Anonymous said...

no pw required

Bill said...

The review sounds disappointing, but it`s one I missed. It`s the Crusaders so it`s worth a try! Thanks for the share.

JAZZYPIER ♪ said...

Hi Bill dear friend! Wassup? Hope you fine & well!
Thanks for the comments, as ever!
Peace and blessings


highlander said...

I love the Crusaders at all !!!!!
Please more funky stuff .......

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