Bob James ‎– BJ4

CTI Records ‎– CTI 7074
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold


A1 Pure Imagination 5:22
A2 Where The Wind Blows Free 6:44
A3 Tappan Zee 6:51
B1 Nights Are Forever Without You 6:25
B2 Treasure Island 6:41
B3 El Verano 4:55

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Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, November/December 1976.
Gatefold sleeve.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CK 36838 Bob James BJ4(CD, Album) Columbia CK 36838 US Unknown Sell This Version
CTI6536 Bob James BJ4(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records CTI6536 South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
63020 Bob James BJ4(LP, Album) CTI Records 63020 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
CTI 7074 Bob James BJ4(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) CTI Records CTI 7074 US 1977 Sell This Version
LAX-3249 Bob James BJ4(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records LAX-3249 Japan 1979 Sell This Version


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July 24, 2012
edited over 5 years ago

BJ's final CTI album is surprisingly inoffensive. His reading of "Pure Imagination" is pure schlock, but what did you expect with that awful source material? Most of the album is pretty decent, even if it's uncharacteristically unremarkable. One thing you can say about Bob James records is that even if you hate the music, you have to admit that it's usually melodic and memorable. That isn't always the case here, but that's not at all a bad thing. Several of the tracks are good solid disco/fusion from a guy who practically invented the genre.

I'd recommend most of this along with Touchdown and Grand Piano Canyon as examples of the good, listenable music that James is capable of. Very few of his records are good all the way through, so you take what you can get :)


April 24, 2008

This is one of my all time favorite records and I think the best of Bob James; I like it so much I own two copies! You'll hear samples of this record all over modern hip hop. 'El Verano' and 'Nights are Forever Without You' are excellent and what make this album really worth it, but the rest of it is pretty solid as well; easily up to the same standard as BJ2 and BJ3. It definitely deserves 5/5 in my opinion; I think it is underrated here.