Bustin' Out Of L Seven (Remaster) Rick James

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Label: Motown Records

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Funk

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  • 1Bustin' Out05:19
  • 2High On Your Love Suite / One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)07:28
  • 3Love Interlude02:03
  • 4Spacey Love05:10
  • 5Cop 'N' Blow05:03
  • 6Jefferson Ball07:20
  • 7Fool On The Street07:50
  • 8Bustin' Out07:20
  • Total Runtime47:33

Info for Bustin' Out Of L Seven (Remaster)

„Rick James' second album, Bustin' Out of L Seven, maintained his status among R&B fans, almost topping the LP chart and spawning hits in the title track, 'High on Your Love Suite,' and 'Fool on the Street,' though none of them matched the popularity of the debut album's 'You and I' or 'Mary Jane.' James managed an effective amalgam of recent R&B big-band styles, from Sly & the Family Stone to Earth, Wind & Fire and Funkadelic, overlaying the result with his jeeringly rendered sex-and-drugs philosophy. What was missing this time was a real pop crossover -- if Come Get It! had suggested he could have the pop success of Earth, Wind & Fire, Bustin' Out of L Seven threatened that his work would find as restricted an audience as Funkadelic, and without the critical cachet.“ (William Ruhlmann, AMG)

Rick James, vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion
Levi Ruffin, synthesizer, percussion
Wally Ali, guitar on 'Cop 'N' Blow'
Ernie Fields, Jr., saxophone
Michael Brecker, saxophone
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Fred Jackson, Jr., alto saxophone, alto flute
Al Szymanski, guitar
Fernando Harkness, tenor saxophone on 'High on Your Love Suite' and 'Fool on the Street'
Garnett Brown, trombone
Dorothy Ashby, harp on 'Spacey Love' and 'Jefferson Ball'
Clarence Sims, keyboards, percussion
Wayne Jackson, trumpet on 'Spacey Love' and 'Fool on the Street'
Oscar Brashear, trombone
George Bohanon, trombone
Oscar Alston, bass
Lanise Hughes, drums, percussion
Shondra Akiem, percussion
Jackie Ruffin, percussion
Maxine Willard Waters, background vocals
Clydene Jackson, background vocals
Teena Marie, background vocals
Billy Nunn, keyboards
Bobby Nunn, keyboards
Freddie Rappilo, guitar
Richard Shaw, bass
Lorenzo Shaw, drums on 'High on Your Love Suite'
Julia Tillman Waters, background vocals
Bobby and Billy Nunn, background vocals on 'High on Your Love Suite'
Sascha Meeks, background vocals on 'High on Your Love Suite'
Richard Shaw, background vocals on 'High on Your Love Suite'
Jackie Ruffin, background vocals on 'High on Your Love Suite'

Recorded 1978 at Rhythm Tracks: Sigma Sound Recording Studio, New York City, New York, Horn Tracks: Magic Wand Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA
Produced by Rick James & Art Stewart

Rick James
In the late '70s, when the fortunes of Motown Records seemed to be flagging, Rick James came along and rescued the company, providing funky hits that updated the label's style and saw it through into the mid-'80s. Actually, James had been with Motown earlier, though nothing had come of it. After growing up in Buffalo and running away to join the Naval Reserves, he ran away from the Navy to Toronto, where he was in a band with future Buffalo Springfield members Neil Young and Bruce Palmer, and with Goldy McJohn, later of Steppenwolf. As the Mynah Birds, they signed to Motown and recorded, though no record was ever released. James had a journeyman's career playing bass in various groups before signing again to Motown as an artist, songwriter, and producer. His first single, "You and I" (May 1978), topped the R&B charts and reached the pop Top 40. "Mary Jane" (September 1978) was another hit. Both were on James' debut album, Come Get It! (June 1978), which went gold. Subsequent efforts were not as successful, though Bustin' Out of L Seven (January 1979) featured the R&B hit "Bustin' Out" (April 1979). James returned to form with the number one R&B hit "Give It to Me Baby" (March 1981), featured on the million-selling Street Songs (April 1981), which also featured the hit "Super Freak." James turned his production attention to resuscitating the career of the Temptations, recently returned to Motown, and "Standing on the Top" (April 1982), credited to the Temptations featuring Rick James, was an R&B Top Ten. (He also produced recordings by Teena Marie and the Mary Jane Girls.) James' follow-up to Street Songs was the gold-selling Throwin' Down (May 1982), which featured the hit "Dance Wit' Me." The title song of Cold Blooded (August 1983) became James' third R&B number one, and the album also featured his hit duet with Smokey Robinson, "Ebony Eyes." James' greatest-hits album Reflections (August 1984) featured the new track "17" (June 1984), which also became a hit. Glow (April 1985) contained Top Ten R&B singles in the title track and "Can't Stop," which was featured in the summer movie blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop. The Flag (June 1986) featured the hit "Sweet and Sexy Thing" (May 1986). James left Motown for the Reprise division of Warner Bros. Records as of the album Wonderful (July 1988), which featured his number one R&B hit "Loosey's Rap," on which he was accompanied by rapper Roxanne Shante. Nevertheless, his "punk funk" didn't seem to rest comfortably with the trend toward rap/hip-hop. In 1989, James charted briefly with a medley of the Drifters hits "This Magic Moment" and "Dance With Me." In 1990, MC Hammer scored a massive hit with "U Can't Touch This," which consisted of his rap over the instrumental track of "Super Freak." That should have made for a career rebirth, but James was plagued by drug and legal problems that found him more frequently in court and in jail rather than in the recording studio. The majority of his legal woes behind him, James returned in 1997 with Urban Rapsody, which didn't yield any hits but was well accepted by critics. Rick James died of a heart attack on August 6, 2004, at his Los Angeles home.

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