Randy (born Veronica Crawford) is a brilliant American soul singer who had a UK top five hit (Street life) as un-credited vocalist with the Crusaders in 1973, then had two UK top five hits (One day I'll fly away, Almaz) in the eighties as a solo singer. Randy never achieved this level of success in her homeland. Apart from those three major hits, Randy had two other UK top twenty hits (You might need somebody, Rainy night in Georgia) and several minor hits, three of which (Imagine, Secret combination, One hello) are included here. Most of the songs here are originals but, with her outstanding voice, Randy is a great interpreter of other people's songs, as this collection shows. This collection truly is the very best of Randy Crawford, one of the finest soul singers there has ever been.
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Randy Crawford's and Joe Sample's musical paths have been intertwined for 36 years; they began with his keyboard work on her debut album Everything Must Change in 1976. She returned the favor a couple of years later with her vocal on the Crusaders' 1978 smash "Street Life." The pair have worked together intermittently since then, but only formally recorded as a dual entity on 2007's Feeling Good, a collection of (mostly) jazz tunes and standards. They followed it with No Regrets in 2008, a collection of blues, soul, and pop tunes. Both albums were highly regarded critically. Sample's piano was aided by drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Christian McBride. Live was recorded on various European stages between October and December of 2008, immediately prior to and just after the release of No Regrets.
Rare vocal beauty is what Randy Crawford possesses along with loads of smoldering passion and deep emotional involvement with the meaning of any song this wonderous singer choses to do! This stunning collection is a great starting point for those beginning a musical journey with one the the greatest singers ever or for those of us already familiar with this classic artist who the more you play the more you fall in love! "Give Me The Night" is a soulfully dreamy opener that flows so beautifully into Randy's athem "Street Life" with The Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample on keyboards which was a huge success for Miss Crawford. "Street Life" was also used in the soundtrack of the Burt Reynold's film "Sharky's Machine" along with great songs by Sarah Vaughan and Peggy Lee and Randy truly shines alongside these legends and makes one realize that this is indeed another legendary singer! "One Hello" is a gorgeous ballad that Randy turns inside out and sings with such passion that I get a rush every time but for those who need more convincing you will go no further than her extraordinary definitive performance of the John Lennon classic "Imagine" that gets a standing ovation ..