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During the years of 1976 - 1979 I owned a 69 Chevy Impala Custom (Low Rider) The friends and I would hit the various cruising areas of So. Cal. to "show off my ride."
Whittier, Sunset, Van Nuys, & Crenshaw Boulevards where the hot spots back in the day. The feel of on the Boulevard was composed to capture that time.

Sam Dixon was looking for a collab, I sent him a couple of songs and he chose on the boulevard.
When he sent me the final tracks to mix I was blown away!!! His harmonies and counter melodies were far beyond my expectation.

So sit back, relax, and crank up the stereo to enjoy "On The Boulevard"

Music By: Steve Caustrita
Vocals & Lyrics: Sam Dixon
© Smoke Cloud Entertainment 2011
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-Cruising Buddies
Harvey Gutierrez
Russel McGinnis
Bruce Moody


Steve Caustrita
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Lyrics
it's really something special
cruisin thru the streets downtown
feelin like my wildest moment
memories refresh my mind

flirting but it's all in fun
gotta go show off my ride
soaking in the LA sun
then moving on into VanNuys

no better way to feel
understand the deal
ain't no sense in changing

take anything on
feeling the sun
rolling and cruising down upon the boulevard

ain't got no gangs to spoil the times
don't let nothing get to me
watching skirts like it's a riot
ain't got time to be too tense

how do we feel
(come along)
feel the heat a rising
(let's go roll)
best part of the deal

rolling out like fire
(join the fun)
passing the fields
(cleanse the soul)
ain't no use to feeling
like i'm ready to fight

On the right track
i'm go-ing back again


take anything on
feeling the sun
rolling and cruising down u pon the boulevard
(Don't fee we were wrong, no....)
Instr

I feel alive again
(on the right track)
(i'm go-ing back again)

I know i'm sentimental
that's when everything turned out,
everything turned out right
don't think it's detrimental
that's when everythig turned out
everything turned out right

going for miles
ready with smiles
nothing to arouse me

take anything on
feeling the sun
rolling and cruising down upon the boulevard
(Don't fee we were wrong, no....)
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Hits: 4866
Comments: 68
Fans: 24
Plays: 160
Downloads: 82
Votes: 0
Uploaded: May 30, 2011 - 01:21:27 PM
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2013 - 11:37:52 PM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 06:54:03 AM
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Yamaha DGX-500 Keyboard, Yamaha PSR-530 Keyboard, Yamaha DTEXPLORER MIDI Drum Kit, Yamaha MIDI Guitar, Digital MIDI Sax, 1965 Fender Mustang Bass, Fender P Bass, Hand made electric guitar from a kit. MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo - 4 gigs SDRAM. Sony Lap Top PGk-35 with the big 3.2 gig processor.
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Comments
alackbass said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
On The Boulevard
I can feel the heat of a mid 70s summer day. I see the steam rising form the pavement. Great song and an even better arrangement. Stellar production and performance.
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
The 70's
That is the time period I was capturing.
I'm glad you like it, and thanks for the wonderful comments!
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dimm witness said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
perfect.
and SOOO mellow

had a '64 galaxie myself ;-)
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Galaxy 500
That was a cool ride, glad the track let you chill . . .
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sammydix said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
blvd
Not a high note singer, but thought the song was worth giving it my best try. thanks for the challenge, Steve...and a challenge it *was* indeed for me.
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Challange
There will be more!
Your a strong talent, great working with you . . .
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Philip18 said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Very cool
Love the feel of this one! I'm there with you! All the instruments are beautifully clean and the arrangement, although there's plenty in it, doesn't sound over complicated. The vocals, including the harmonies, are a delight. It all works for me - thanks for sharing it!
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Cool
Thanks for your cool comment, the track is very busy but is a treat to the ear, it makes you want to listen over and over again!
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Soundhound said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Nice......1.....Guys
That got that nice rolling feel to it, Steve stayed true to that L.A. sound....
Sam.....Great Vocals I like how they weave in and out of one another, solid
Mix to...... A well done both of you......

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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
That LA Sound
Glad you could roll with us.
Sam was over the top with the vocals . . .
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gadzooks said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
On The Boulevard
Real nice mix. I like the high low thing with the vocals. Got to love those major 7 chords. Real nice song ... feels like sun and summer. Has that Earth Wind and Fire feel. Love it.
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Like Sun & Summer
Like soaking in the LA sun!
Thanks for you kind comments
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hackneybloke said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
on the boulevard
sam told me he wasn't happy with his falsetto.....so i said, 'I'm sure you're just being tough on yourself and it's actually sublime"....

....and of course it is sublime.

this is fantastic. the backing track is perfect - the two of you are a perfect match on this song. i love the layering that your do sam.....with the syncopated harmonies bursting like fireworks in the sky. i didn't listen to the lyrics first time around because i was grooving the music too much.
i'm reading now. breezy and easy. it's all about the car.
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Falsetto
He told me too he wasn't happy with the falsetto t00, but it sounds GREAT! Sam did bring fireworks to the track . . .

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sammydix said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
falsetto II
too self-conscious sometimes. nothin therapy couldn't fix.
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Llarion said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Nice collab!
Shades of Marvin Gaye, Robert Palmer... Love the melody, great sense of motion... An easy cruise!
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Marvin Gaye
The style of the song is influenced by Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"
Happy it was a easy cruise for you!
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Llarion said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Aha!!
Yes, that's a perfect reference point, Al Green. Awesomeness.
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kindafishy said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Grrrrroooooooovaaaaaaayyy Motown Madness
Makes me wanna grab my woman and teach her a new meaning of gettin' it on. Yeah baby.

Music is inspiring. Vocals are incredible.

Perfect pairing you two. So good. Off for another listen...

Hey, excellent mix as well! Balanced, interesting, rich and full. Great job.
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Yeah Baby!
It was a pleasure to inspire you!
The music track is was recorded in 2005 plenty of time for a good mix . . .
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kindafishy said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Inspired indeed...
Just spent the last couple hours listening to Marvin, Otis and a little Stevie thrown in for a little more of a funky flavour.

Nothing soothes the soul in the same way...

Great bass chops on this tune by the way.
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scaustrita said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Thank Ya!
The the song is inspired by Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
Another one of the great R&B artist . . .
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Gaylen75 said 2310 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
smooth
love the vocals!
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Smooth
Sam did an outstanding job on the vocals
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Elevator_Funk said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
....
Cool Man. Kinda that 'Quiet Storm' style smooth R&B sound. Reminds me of Earth Wind & Fire and some of those slick R&B/Funk bands of the day. Nice harmonies, too.
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
R&B/Funk Bands
The style is from that time period 75-80's.
The the song is inspired by Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
Another one of the great R&B artist . . .
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Mosaica said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Smooth ride
Relaxing and chilled with a summery feel.
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Summery Feel
That's when we would cruise during the hot summer evening . . .
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Loob said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Sammy fits this like a glove!
What else would you expect from the new Sly Stone? Great music scaustrita! I really enjoyed this funky masterpiece! One of my new favs!
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Fits like a glove

Sam's Atlanta style vocals fit flawlessly with the LA style music!
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sammydix said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
E/W
who says east coast and west coast gotta fight? Biggie got it right.
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KCsGROOVE said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
second listen...
Still like it, hehe
70-s feel good music! :-)
Excellent collaboration, gentlemen
Love this kinda stuff!
KC
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
70's Feel Good
That's what I was shooting for.
Thank you for the second visit . . .
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egobandit said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Low Riding
Love the pic love those cars love this song , sometimes you hear people say I wish they made music like this again, well here it is! Very groovy!
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Low Riding
Glad you enjoyed the ride.
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johnwhitehead said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Boulevard
This is wonderful. Love the smooth pop/soul groove. Both backing and vocals wonderfully arranged, produced and performed. So many nice touches and colors in this. You have found a perfect partner in Sam.
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Boulevard
Thank you for the wonderful review!
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dave_b said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
On The Boulevard
Breezy & smooth. Well sung & terrific arrangement. That slap bass is great! BG vocals work well.
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Breezy & smooth
You get that breezy and smooth feel when riding with the top down!
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ShadowofNine said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Fabulous
Track, vocals shine, back music takes me on tour Bravo to yu both...
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scaustrita said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Thanks!
Your good review means a lot, coming from a pro like you . . .
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RAVENS said 2309 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Awesome
Wow, this is terrific! The music track is so smooth and slick. Sammy, your voice sounds fab, love the falsetto. You guys mesh perfectly, this rocks!

RAVEN ;-)
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scaustrita said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Thanks Dani
Your comments are appreciated coming from a pro like you . . .
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PeterB7858 said 2307 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
SSS...
SSS. Steve, Sam = Superb! Sam you have gone to another level on this one (literally :-)). Your falcetto vocal work is great. Great back track too! I was out there cruisin' with you guys. Regards, Peter.
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scaustrita said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
SSS
Thanks for the wonderful comments, happy you enjoyed the cruise!

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Cori Ander said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Wow
Warm summery music. Really nice! And such a professional production!
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scaustrita said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Summery
Glad we could bring some warmth into you life . . .
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ChristopherCihon said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
For sure!!!
Al Green all over it!

Sounds awesome you guys...what a clean mix!

Outstanding!
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scaustrita said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Al Green
Glad you felt the Al Green vibe!
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Sigmund said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
On The Boulevard
Tastefully done work. Sam's vox are perfect for this tune. Has a bit of a Earth Wind & Fire vibe. Much enjoyed - thanks!
Sig
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scaustrita said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
EW&F
Very high complement on the vibe . . .
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magnatone said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
On the Boulevard
oh man - this is fabulous! these harmonies are incredible. kinda makes me think of marvin gaye and actually a lot of the music back in my high school and college days (lol - the 70's) - congrats you two - GREAT WORK!!
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scaustrita said 2306 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Flash Back
I lived the seventies also!
The the song is inspired by Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
Another one of the great R&B artist . . .
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Dadai.2 said 2305 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
love this...
you got the right vibe that captures that era of cruising....

big kudos.
d
scaustrita said 2305 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Thanks Man!
Glad you enjoyed the ride . . .
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mvh9591 said 2305 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Nice___
rolling and cruising down upon the boulevard...

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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scaustrita said 2305 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Nice
Thanks for rollin' with us!
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rok41 said 2305 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Boulevard
Wow! WOW! This is so well done! I can feel the heavy 70's influence on this song, but I love how you have made it current sounding with the clean tones. I am a old school R & B lover of 70's, 80's...and really appreciate this!
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scaustrita said 2305 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Boulevard
The music is from a LA influence and the vocals from an Atlanta influence. Some how the fit flawlessly. Thanks for stopping by!
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VicDiesel said 2305 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
I know those streets
Though I must say I only drove over them in a *cough* *cough* Honda Civic.

But I still felt every bit like this. There is something to driving in the LA sun. Ah to be on PCH.
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scaustrita said 2305 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Those Streets
Glad we could bring back some memories for you and your Civic!
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Daugrin said 2303 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Medium soul...
Just sittin' in the smoker and gettin fall off the bone righteous...

Daug
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scaustrita said 2302 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
The Smoker
Sounds illegal if 25 States!
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davisamerica said 2302 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
motown goodness ....
this is sweet guys.
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scaustrita said 2302 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
motown goodness
That's a very high complement.
Thank you!
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spitlogic said 2299 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Nice and smooth
This is reminiscent of the music of that time period. Very well made and performed. Great work sir.
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scaustrita said 2297 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
Reminiscent
Very much so, grew up in the seventies!
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ste said 2243 days ago (August 5th, 2011)
love
the bass sound and chilled vox lines. very nice job!
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