The Crusaders Albums!

In 1961, four fellows from Houston transplanted themselves to Los Angeles and added more distinctly bluesy elements to the soul jazz style with an ear-grabbing album called The Freedom Sound on the Pacific Jazz label. The band, which had been known in turn as the Swingsters, the Modern Jazz Sextet, and the Nighthawks, was now named the Jazz Crusaders. Its four co-leaders were trombonist Wayne Henderson, tenor saxophonist (and occasional bassist) Wilton Felder, pianist Joe Sample, and drummer Nesbert “Stix” Hooper.

The Jazz Crusaders sound caught on big time, and their subsequent Pacific Jazz albums rewarded them with a good deal of exposure. The band performed regularly and got plenty of airplay. One of its signature pieces, the rollickingly fast “Young Rabbits,” was even used as the musical background for a Ford Mustang TV commercial.

But as times changed, so did the Jazz Crusaders. In the late Sixties, they placed such popular numbers as the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and “Get Back” in their repertoire, and firm backbeats began to bolster many a selection. By 1971, they decided that the word “jazz” kept them from attracting a wider listener base, and so they emerged anew with The Crusaders, Vol. 1 (Chisa), an album that openly infused jazz with pop, soul, and r&b elements.

If the Jazz Crusaders had achieved some degree of popularity, it was nothing like the crossover success that greeted the Crusaders. Such albums as Scratch, Southern Comfort, Chain Reaction, Those Southern Knights, Free as the Wind, Images, Street Life, and Royal Jam (recorded variously for the Chisa, ABC Blue Thumb, and MCA labels) sold well and brought in a deluge of new fans. Street Life’s title track provided the Crusaders with a Billboard top forty hit, reaching no. 36 in 1979.

The Crusaders’ popularity started to fade in the early Eighties, prompted by Henderson’s departure. Hooper then left as well, and by the early Nineties Sample and Felder had disbanded the group. A few years later, Henderson and Felder began performing together, first as the New Crusaders and, more recently, as the Jazz Crusaders.

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1961 – Freedom Sound
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01. The Geek
02. M.J.S. Funk (Alternate Version)
03. Coon (Alternate Version)
04. Freedom Sound
05. Theme From “Exodus”
06. That’s It
07. M.J.S. Funk
08. Coon

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1962 – At The Lighthouse
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01. Introduction
02. Congolese Sermon
03. Cathy’s Dilemma
04. Blues For Ramona
05. Weather Beat
06. Scandalizing
07. Appointment In Ghana
08. Penny Blue
09. Boopie

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1962 – Lookin’ Ahead
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01. Sinnin’ Sam
02. Tonight
03. 507 Neyland
04. Till All Ends
05. Tortoise And The Hare
06. In A Dream
07. Big Hunk Of Funk
08. The Young Rabbits
09. Song Of India

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1963 – Tough Talk

Tracklist

01. Deacon Brown
02. Turkish Black
03. Brahm’s Lullaby
04. Boopie
05. Tough Talk
06. No Name Samba
07. Lazy Canary
08. Lonely Horn
09. Brother Bernard

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1964 – Heat Wave
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01. On Broadway
02. Green Back Dollar
03. Close Shave
04. Free Sample
05. Mr Sandman
06. Heat Wave
07. Sassy
08. Theme From ‘The L Shaped Room’
09. Some Samba
10. Stix March
11. Purple Onion

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1965 – Chile Con Soul
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01. Agua Dulce (Sweetwater)
02. Soul Bourgeoisie
03. Ontem A Note
04. Tough Talk
05. Tacos
06. Latin Bit
07. The Breeze And I
08. Dulzura

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1965 – The Thing
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01. The Thing
02. Sunset In Mountains
03. While The City Sleeps
04. White Cobra
05. New Time Shuffle
06. Para Mi Espoza
07. Soul Kosher

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1966 – Live At The Lighthouse ’66
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01. Aleluia
02. Blues Up Tight
03. You Don’t Know What Love Is
04. Miss It
05. ‘Round Midnight
06. Some Other Blues
07. Scratch
08. Doin’ That Thing
09. Milestones

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1966 – Talk That Talk
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01. Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog
02. Studewood
03. I Can’t Believe You Love Me
04. There Is A Time (Le Temps)
05. Hey Girl
06. Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
07. Arrastao
08. Mohair Sam
09. Walk On By
10. 1,2,3
11. The Shadow Do
12. Turkish Black

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1966 – The Festival Album Live Newport & Pacific Jazz Festivals
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01. Introduction
02. Trance Dance
03. Summer’s Madness
04. Young Rabbits
05. Freedom Sound
06. Wilton’s Boogaloo
07. Half And Half

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1967 – Uh Huh
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01. Blue Monday
02. Night Theme
03. Uh Huh
04. Air Waves
05. Ice Water
06. Watts Happening

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1968 – Lighthouse ’68
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01. Oogo-Boo-Ga-Loo
02. Eleanor Rigby
03. Native Dancer
04. Never Had It So Good
05. The Emperor
06. Impressions
07. Cathy The Cooker (Bonus)
08. Shadows (Bonus)
09. Tough Talk (Bonus)
10. Third Principle (Bonus)

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1969 – Lighthouse ’69
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01. Get Back
02. It’s Gotta Be Real
03. Willie And Laura Mae Jones
04. Ruby P’Gonia
05. It’s Your Thing
06. Inside The Outside
07. Reflections
08. Svenska Flicka

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1969 – Powerhouse
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01. Promises, Promises
02. Love and Peace
03. Hey Jude
04. Sting Ray
05. Fancy Dance
06. Love Is Blue
07. Cookie Man
08. Upstairs
09. Fire Water

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1970 – Old Socks New Shoes New Socks Old Shoes
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01. Thank You
02. Funny Shuffle
03. Why Do You Laugh At Me
04. Jackson!
05. Rainy Night In Georgia
06. Golden Slumbers
07. Jazz!
08. Time Has No Ending
09. Hard Times
10. Way Back Home

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1971 – 1
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01. That’s How I Feel
02. So Far Away
03. Put It Where You Want It
04. Mystique Blues
05. Full Moon
06. Sweet Revival
07. Mud Hole
08. It’s Just Gotta Be That Way
09. Georgia Cottonfield
10. A Shade Of Blues
11. Three Chidlren
12. Mosadi (Woman)

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1971 – Give Peace A Chance
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01. Give Peace a Chance
02. I Think It Was A Drem
03. Black Bird
04. The Thrill Is Gone
05. Anita’s New Dance
06. Space Settlement
07. All The Lonely Years
08. Another Blues

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1971 – Pass The Plate
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01. Pass The Plate
02. Young Rabbits – ’71-’72
03. Listen And You’ll See
04. Greasy Spoon
05. Treat Me Like Ya Treat Yaself
06. Goin’ Down South
07. Love Can’t Grow Where The Rain Won’t Fall

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1973 – Hollywood
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01. Spanish Harlem
02. Try A Little Harder
03. Hollywood
04. Do Yourself A Favour
05. Cold Duck Eddie
06. Way Back Home
07. Papa Hooper’s Barrelhouse
08. Alekesam
09. Hatty May
10. Wayne’s Pop

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1973 – The 2nd Crusade
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01. Don’t Let It Get You Down
02. Take It Or Leave It
03. Gotta Get It On
04. Where There’s A Will There’s A Way
05. Look Beyond The Hill
06. Journey From Within
07. Ain’t Gon’ Change a Thang
08. A Message From The Inner City
09. A Search For Soul
10. No Place To Hide
11. Tomorrow Where Are You
12. Tough Talk
13. Do You Remember When

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1973 – Unsung Heroes
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01. Unsung Heroes
02. Lay It On The Line
03. Crossfire
04. Hard Times
05. Let’s Boogie
06. Freedom Sound
07. In The Middle Of The River
08. Heavy Up (Don’t Get Light With Me)
09. Night Theme
10. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

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1974 – Scratch
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01. Scratch
02. Eleanor Rigby
03. Hard Times
04. So Far Away
05. Way Back Home

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1974 – Southern Comfort
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01. Stomp And Buck Dance
02. Greasy Spoon
03. Get On The Soul Ship (It’s Sailing)
04. Super-Stuff
05. Double Bubble
06. The Well’s Gone Dry
07. Southern Comfort
08. Time Bomb
09. When There’s Love Around
10. Lilies Of The Nile
11. Whispering Pines
12. A Ballad For Joe (Louis)

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1975 – Chain Reaction
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01. Creole
02. Chain Reaction
03. I Felt The Love
04. Mellow Out
05. Rainbows Visions
06. Hallucinate
07. Give It Up
08. Hot’s It
09. Sugar Cane
10. Soul Caravan

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1976 – Those Southern Knights
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01. Spiral
02. Keep That Same Old
03. My Mama Told Me So
04. ‘Till The Sun Shines
05. And Then There Was The Blues
06. Serenity
07. Feeling Funky

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1977 – Free As The Wind
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01. Free As The Wind
02. I Felt The Love
03. The Way We Was
04. Nite Crawler
05. Feel It
06. Sweet ‘n’ Sour
07. River Rat
08. It Happens Everyday

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1978 – Images
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01. Fairy Tales
02. Marcella’s Dream
03. Bayou Bottoms
04. Merry-Go-Round
05. Cosmic Reign
06. Covert Action
07. Snowflake

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1979 – Street Life
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01. Street Life
02. My Lady
03. Rodeo Drive (High Steppin’)
04. Carnival Of The Night
05. The Hustler
06. Night Faces

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1980 – Live Sides
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Tracklist

01. Impressions
02. The Emperor
03. It’s Gotta Be Real
04. Inside The Outside
05. Reflections
06. Native Dancer

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1980 – Rhapsody And Blues
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01. Soul Shadows
02. Honky Tonk Struttin’
03. Elegant Evening
04. Rhapsody And Blues
05. Last Call
06. Sweet Gentle Love

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1980 – Standing Tall
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01. Standing Tall
02. I’m So Glad I’m Standing Here Today
03. Sunshine In Your Eyes
04. This Old World’s Too Funky For Me
05. Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)
06. Longest Night
07. Reprise (I’m So Glad I’m Standing Here Today)

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1981 – Live In Japan
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01. Introduction
02. Rainbow Seeker
03. The Hustler
04. Sweet Gentle Love
05. Drum Introduction
06. Live In Japan – Spiral
07. Melodies Of Love
08. Live In Japan – Carmel
10. So Far Away
11. Brazos River Breakdown
12. In All My Wildest Dreams
13. Put It Where You Want It

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1982 – Royal Jam
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01. Overture (I’m So Glad I’m Standing Here Today)
02. One Day I’ll Fly Away
03. Fly With Wings Of Love
04. Burnin’ Up The Carnival
05. Last Call
06. The Thrill Is Gone
07. Better Not Look Down
08. Hold On
09. Street Life
10. I Just Can’t Leave Your Love Alone
11. Never Make a Move Too Soon

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1984 – Ghetto Blaster
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01. Dead End
02. Gotta Lotta Shakalada
03. New Moves
04. Zalal’ Mini (Take It Easy)
05. Night Ladies
06. Mr. Cool
07. Dream Street

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1985 – Soul Shadows
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01. Street Life
02. Soul Shadows
03. I’m So Glad I’m Standing Here Today
04. Gotta Lotta Shakalada
05. New Moves
06. Burnin’ Up The Carnival (Live Version)
07. Street Lief (Live Version)

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1987 – The Vocal Album
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01. Street Life
02. This Old World’s Too Funky For Me
03. Better Not Look Down
04. Inherit The Wind
05. Hold On (I Think Our Love Is Chaging)
06. Help (I Need Somebody)
07. Soul Shadows
08. The Way It Goes
09. I’m So Glad I’m Standing Here Today
10. (No Matter How High I Get) I’ll Still Be Lookin Up To You
11. Burnin’ Up The Carnival

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1987 – The Good Times And Bad Times

Tracklist

01. Good Times
02. The Way It Goes
03. Sweet Dreams
04. Mischievous Ways
05. Sometimes You Can Take It Or Leave

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1988 – Life In The Modern World
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01. Passion Fruit
02. Let Me Prove Myself Tonight
03. A.C. “Alternating Currents”
04. Destiny
05. Life In The Modersn World
06. Coulda; Woulda; Shoulda’
07. D.C.
08. Samplin’
09. Some People Just Never Learn
10. Mulholland Nights

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1991 – Healing The Wounds
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01. Pessimisticism
02. Mercy, Mercy Mercy
03. Little Things Mean A Lot
04. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
05. Shake Dance
06. Maputo
07. Healing The Wounds
08. Running Man

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1995 – Happy Again
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01. Lock It Down
02. When You’re So Far Away
03. Elephant Walk
04. Top Of The World
05. Fools Rush In
06. Are You Part Of Me
07. Slyzappit
08. Rock Slide
09. Luz Del Dia
10. Jamaica
11. Travelin’ Inside Your Love
12. Young Rabbits
13. Uh-Huh Oh-Yeah!

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2003 – Rural Reneval
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01. Rural Renewal
02. Creepin’
03. Heartland
04. A Healing Coming On
05. Sing The Song
06. Shotgun House Groove
07. The Territory
08. Greasy Spoon
09. Viva De Funk
10. Lazy Sundays
11. Goin’ Home

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2004 – Soul Axes
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01. Overjoyed
02. Clima Suave (Smooth & Cool)
03. Trail Of The Sidewinder
04. Imagine
05. Standing Tall
06. Down Yonder
07. Life In The City (Really Turns Me On)
08. All That Jazz N’Razzamatazz
09. Prodigal Son
10. All Along The Watchower
11. Over The Rainbow
12. Never Too Late
13. Ya Gotta Respect Ya Self
14. Goin’ Buk Wild

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2006 – Alive In South Africa
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Tracklist

01. Stomp And Buck Dance
02. Inherit The Wind
03. So Far Away
04. Keep That Same Old Feeling
05. Scratch
06. Life In The City
07. Always There Just Becasue It’s Jazz (Don’t Mean You Can’t Dance)
08. Way Back Home
09. Rockslide
10. Manding Black
11. Brighter Day

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12 Responses to “The Crusaders Albums!”

  1. jerkface says:

    CRUSADERS MEGAPOST! BIG UPS! CHYYYYEEEAA!

  2. Jürgen Bottrop says:

    Oh yes!!! I’ve been searching for some of these for such a long time!
    Thank you!!!!

  3. Ju says:

    GREATEST! CRUSADEST CRUSADERS! Thanks a lot!!!

  4. Dranoel54 says:

    Wow! Thanks for the Motherload bouy!

  5. Tone. says:

    Today it is raining outside, now I can listen to these albums all day. Thank you so much! Great post and very much appreciated.

  6. pamigra says:

    Wouw, thank you very very much, crusader megapost!!!

  7. Sam Lyckholm says:

    Purrfect !!-You have made a OF very happy. Thank you for your dedication

  8. Spymiga says:

    Many thanks! I am glad that i came across this. This is spot on just like my Grant Green Collection!

    Thanks Again!

  9. James Byrs says:

    Thanks for the great posts, they helped me to find the CD’s (LP’s) I want to purchase! Those Southern Knights links are dead. If you re-post will you email me at jayobyrd@yahoo.com
    Thanks.

  10. Boa pedida pra quem aprecia som de qualidade …

  11. Jayme Correa says:

    Obrigado pelas postagens. Um abraço de seu fã de São Paulo – Brazil.

  12. Chris Jones says:

    Any possible way we could get new links to these Crusaders albums? If not, i understand. Was trying to get a hold of some of their works for listening purposes. . .

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