1. Give It To Me Baby
2. Ghetto Life
3. Make Love To Me
4. Mr. Policeman
5. Super Freak
6. Fire And Desire (with Teena Marie)
7. Call Me Up
8. Below The Funk Pass (Pass The J)
9. Give It To Me Baby (12" mix)
10. Give It To Me Baby (instrumental)
11. Super Freak (12" mix)
12. Super Freak (instrumental)
1. Introduction (live)
2. Ghetto Life (live)
3. Big Time (live)
4. Come Into My Life (live)
5. I'm A Sucker For Love (live; with Teena Marie)
6. Square Biz (live) - Teena Marie
7. Fire It Up (live)
8. Love Gun (live)
9. Do You Want Some Funk? (live)
10. Mary Jane (live)
11. Super Freak (live)
12. You And I (live)
13. Give It To Me Baby (live)
In the spring of 1981,funkmeister Rick James released the definitive 80s funk album, 'Street Songs', In the summer of that year, this album was everywhere....on the radio, in the clubs, and playing on many boomboxes and turntables.20 years later, the impact of this incredible record is crystal-clear.
The rappers have sampled it to death, and at least three songs from it are still played regularly, on Classic Soul radio stations. 'Street Songs' is an important album that cleverly combined funk with rock and even New Wave elements. In 1981,it was ahead of it's time. A few years later, artists like Prince, The Bar-Kays, and Michael Jackson would expand the concept even further, but it was James who led the way.
Recently, Motown remastered the 'Street Songs' album, and included a previously unreleased live album. Taped in Long Beach, California in July 0f '81,the live album is a perfect showcase for James' undeniably funky and fun music. Apparently, Motown wanted a 'Live' album from James, but for some unknown reason, it was never released until now. Considering how "hot" James was in 1981,they could have released it just right before Christmas of that year (at the same time that 'Street Songs' was just beginning to end it's' long chart domination).Oh well, at least we have it now.
CLICK HERE to listen to the previously unreleased LIVE concert from 1981 (featured on the new Rick James: Street Songs CD Deluxe
Featuring: Rick James, Teena Marie & the Stone City Band SLAMMIN like it's 1999 (sorry Prince….lol)
(in RealAudio via Soul-Patrol.Net Radio)
Disc One of this Deluxe Edition is the regular 'Street Songs' album. The sound quality is amazing, much clearer than the first copies of this CD in the mid-80s.The songs are all here!
There's the bass-heavy "Give It To Me, Baby", the street anthem "Ghetto Life" (which surely inspired a lot of the hip-hop that was soon to follow),the nice slow jam "Make Love To Me", and the reggae-tinged "Mr. Policeman", which, must have inspired latter rap songs about police brutality.
Then there is the masterpiece, the New Wave-styled "Super Freak", which still sounds fresh and new after all these years. The duet with Teena Marie "Fire and Desire" is steamy and intense, even if they do go a little overboard, vocally. "Call Me Up" is sexy and to the point, while "Below The Funk(Pass The J)" is a perfect album closer, another badass street anthem that reflects the mood of the album. Fortunately, the fun doesn't end there.
At the end of this first disc, there are bonus 12" versions of the hits "Give It To Me Baby" and "SuperFreak". The 7-minute remix of "SuperFreak" is particularly fierce, with the catchy sing-along hook "SuperFreak,the girl's a SuperFreak....SuperFreak,the girl's a SuperFreak".
Disc Two is, of course, the previously unreleased 'Live' album.. After starting things off with a funky introduction (courtesy of the underrated Stone City Band),Rick kicks things off with "Ghetto Life",and the party has begun. "Big Time" comes next, with James promising that "Before we leave, we gon' turn this motherfucker out!".
Another track from the 'Garden Of Love' album follows, "Come Into My Life", before opening act Tena Marie joins the festivities for a spirited version of "I'm A Sucker For Love". James and Marie engage in a hilarious girl vs. boy mock battle. Teena then does her own red-hot hit "Square Biz". A blistering rendition of "Fire It Up" comes next, which includes the sing-along chant "We want Rick to funk us up". He obliges, launching into "Love Gun", then venturing into a short, jazzy
interlude called "Do You Want Some Funk". An 11-minute version of "Mary Jane"
follows, with Rick James repeatedly asking "Whatcha wanna smoke tonight?". By
song's end, it has become transformed into a tribute to the late Bob Marley (who had recently passed away, when this concert took place).The show then closes with three of Jame's biggest hits,"Super Freak", "You And I" (a sweaty 12-minute version),and "Give It To Me Baby".
It all kicks ass!!!!
Then on Monday Nov. 5, 2001 at 10 pm est... in the Soul Patrol chat room at: Soul Patrol chat room and join us as we discuss the life and times of Rick James as we listen to the LIVE CONCERT from 1981 Hosted by the producer of the CD DELUXE version of the classic album: Rick James: Street Songs!. Harry Weinger..ALL ARE WELCOME