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The Blackbyrds

City Life

Original Release: 1975

Synopsis

City Life, arguably The Blackbyrds’ best album, hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and #3 on the Billboard Soul Chart upon its original release in 1975. Produced by legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, the album showcases The Blackbyrds’ unique jazz-funk crossover sound and includes the runaway hits "Happy Music" and "Rock Creek Park," which stand even today as pinnacles of the '70s jazz-funk movement. A testament to its lasting appeal, "Rock Creek Park" from the City Life album has been sampled numerous times by groups such as De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A, Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Tone Loc and, most recently, Wiz Khalifa. This often-sublime album is primed for rediscovery by fans of '70s funk, soul, jazz and fusion.

Side 1

  1. Rock Creek Park (04:35)
  2. Thankful 'Bout Yourself (05:11)
  3. City Life (05:22)
  4. All I Ask (03:50)

Side 2

  1. Happy Music (04:32)
  2. Love So Fine (05:00)
  3. Flying High (03:29)
  4. Hash And Eggs (05:06)

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