The Crusaders - Covers and Discografy

Crusaders 3rd album as The Jazz Crusaders, and their 1st live album

Talk That Talk, released in 1967 on Pacific Jazz Recorders

Uh Huh released in 1967 on Pacific Jazz Records

Powerhouse, released in 1969 on Pacific Jazz Recorders. This was their last album on Pacific Jazz

Lighthouse '68

Give Peace A Chance, released in 1969 on Liberty. The album features a couple of Beatles songs.

Old Socks, New Shoes...New Socks, Old Shoes 1970 on Chisa Records - front cover. Their last album as Jazz Crusaders

Pass The Plate, release in 1971 on Chisa Records. This was their first album as The Crusaders.

Hollywood, released in 1972 on MoWest

Crusaders 1 came in two different releases, one as a 2 side album, and the other as a 4 side gatefold album

Unsung Heroes, released in 1973 on Blue Thumb Records.

The 2nd Crusade, released in 1973 on Blue Thumb Records.

Scratch, released in 1974 on Blue Thumb Records. Excellent album recorded live at the Roxy.

Southern Comfort, 2xLP album released on Blue Thumb Records in 1974.

Stomp And Buck Dance, 7" Single released on ABC Records in 1974. A side: Stomp And Buck Dance. B side: A Ballad For Joe (Louis) Taken from the album "Southern Comfort"

Chain Reaction, released on ABC Records in 1975

The Young Rabbits, a 2xLP Jazz Crusaders compilation released 1975 on Blue Note.

Those Southern Knights, released in 1976 on Blue Thumb Records. Reconmended song is "Spiral"

The Best Of The Crusaders, 2xLP compilation released 1976 on ABC Records/Blue Thumb Records, later MCA Records. With songs from 1971 to 1976 albums.

Feel It, 7" Single released in 1977 on ABC Records. A side: Feel It, B side: The Way We Was Take from the album "Free As The Wind"

Free as the Wind, released in 1977 on MCA Records One of The Crusaders best albums ever.

Images, released in 1978 on MCA Records. Possibly their most funky album.

Street Life, released in 1979 on MCA Records. The song Street Life was Crusaders biggest hit, bringing vocalist Randy Crawford to fame.

Last Call, 12" EP released in 1980 on MCA Records. A side: Last Call "New Disco Mix" (Full Length Version), B side: Honky Tonk Strutting. From the album "Rhapsody and Blues".

Rhapsody and Blues, released in 1980 on MCA Records. Featureing Bill Withers on vocals on Soul Shadows.

Live Sides, compilation released in 1980 on Blue Note. Rare 1980 reissue of Jazz Crusaders with highlights from their Lighthouse '68 and Lighthouse '69 recordings.

Standing Tall, released 1981 on MCA Records. Featureing two songs with Joe Cocker on vocals

Ongaku Kai: Live In Japan, released in 1981 on Crusaders. Recorded live January 18th, 1981 at NHK Hall Tokyo, Japan. Great album, featureing Alphonso Johnson and Barry Finnerty.

Royal Jam, released 1982 on MCA Records. Great live performance by The Crusaders, featureing B.B. King and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Music arranged for orchestra by Joe Sample

Ghetto Blaster, released 1984 on MCA Records. New drummer Leon "Ndugu" Chancler

Midnight Triangle, released 1985 on MCA Universal Home Video. VHS. Recorded in the 70's, this was the first live video of The Crusaders. Later to be released on DVD.

The Good and the Bad Times, released in 1986 on MCA Records.

The Vocal Album, compilation released in 1987 on MCA Records. The Greatest Vocal Hits From The Crusaders

Sample A Decade, 2xLP compilation, released in 1988 on Connoisseur Collection. 20 Great Tracks From The Crusaders 1974 - 1984

Life In The Modern World, released in 1988 on MCA Records

Healing The Wounds, released in 1991 on GRP

The Crusaders, Laser Disc released in 1991 on Image Entertainment. Great live concert featureing Larry Carlton on guitar. Recorded in the 1970's

The Crusaders - The Purly Music Concert Series, 1991 - back cover

The Golden Years, released in 1992 on GRP. 3xCD compilation

At Their Best, compilation released in 1992 on Motown.

The Crusaders and Beyond, compilation with songs from The Crusaders and Wilton Felder albums. Released in 1994 on Music Club.

Way Back Home, Great 4xcd compilation with a extensive 27 page booklet. Released in 1996 on Blue Thumb Records. The compilation includes songs from both The Jazz Crusaders and The Crusaders era. A beginners choice.

Finest Hour (Best Of), released in 2000 on Verve. This compilatsion consists of songs from the 1970's.

Rural Renewal, released in 2003 on Verve. On this album Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper are reunated again as The Crusaders.

Jazz Crusaders: New Morning: The Paris Concert, released in 2006 on Inakustic. On this Live dvd consert Wayne Hendersen has put together a band playing the songs of The Crusaders

Live At Montreux 2003, realeased on Eagle Eye Media. Joe Sample and Wilton Felder are playing together again on The Crusaders live consert, featuring Randy Crawford on vocals.

The Crusaders was a jazz-pop soul group formed in 1956 in Houston, Texas as The Jazz Crusaders. The band had their first album release in 1961 with . Several albums followed until they in 1971 shortened their name to The Crusaders. The members of The Crusaders are Joe Sample on keyboards, Wilton Felder on saxophone and bass, Wayne Henderson on trombone and Stix Hooper on drums. After Larry Carlton became a member in the 1970's ,refered to as the "fifth crusade", they became more fusion oriented.

Wayne Henderson left the band in 1978 to focus on produceing.
 
The band had their biggest hit with "Street Life", featureing Randy Crawford on vocals. Other notable albums are Live At The Lighthouse '66, Talk That Talk, Uh Huh, Crusaders 1, Pass The Plate, Chain Reaction, Free As The Wind, Live In Japan and Royal Jam.
 
After the live album Royal Jam in 1982, Stix Hooper left the band. Some say The Crusaders, never sounded as The Crusaders there after. Joe Sample disbanded in 1991 after the album Healing The Wounds, only to resurrect the band on occasions. The three original members of The Crusaders played on the 2002 Rural Renewal album. 
 
Wayne Henderson started to use the name Jazz Crusaders again in the 1990's, something Joe Sample objected to. Henderson together with Wilton Felder have released several albums thereafter under the name of The Jazz Crusaders.
 
 
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