Bob James ‎– Hands Down

Tappan Zee Records ‎– FC 38067
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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A1 Spunky
Drums – Harvey Mason
A2 Macumba
Arranged By [Vocals] – Rod TempertonDrums – John Robinson (2)Guitar – Steve KhanSynthesizer [Bass], Drum Programming – Bob JamesSynthesizer [Lyricon] – Rob ZanteTrumpet – Mike Lawrence, Ron TooleyVocals – Luther Vandross, Milt Grayson, Patti Austin, Vivian Cherry, Yvonne Lewis, Zach Sanders*Woodwind – Wally Kane, Whit Sidener
A3 Shamboozie
Alto Saxophone – Jay BeckensteinBass – Marcus MillerDrums – John Robinson (2)Guitar – Steve KhanTrumpet – Mike Lawrence, Ron TooleyWoodwind – Wally Kane, Whit Sidener
B1 Janus
Acoustic Guitar – David Brown (6)Bass – Doug StegmeyerDrums – Liberty DeVittoTenor Saxophone – Eddie Daniels
B2 Roberta
Drums – Harvey MasonStrings – Alfred Brown, Barry Finclair, Charles McCracken, Elena Barere, Emanuel Vardi, Gerald Tarack, Jan Mullen, John Pintavalle, Jonathan Abramowitz, Joseph Rubushka*, LaMar Alsop, Lewis Eley, Marvin Morgenstern, Matthew Riamondi*, Max Ellen, Richard Locker, Richard Sortomme, Theodore Israel, Warren LashStrings [Concertmaster] – David NadienTrombone – Wayne AndreTrumpet – Dave Taylor*, John Frosk, Randy BreckerWoodwind – Mark Colby
B3 It's Only Me
Synthesizer [Bass], Drum Programming – Bob James

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© 1982 CBS Inc. / ℗ 1982 CBS Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464-38067-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 074643806718
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): AL 38067
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): BL 38067
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped): AL 38067-1D COLUBMIA NY B O
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped): BL 38067-1D COLUMBIA NY O
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A & B Etched): T1
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CBS 85848 Bob James Hands Down(LP, Album) CBS CBS 85848 US 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 85848 Bob James Hands Down(LP, Album) CBS CBS 85848 UK 1982 Sell This Version
25AP 2360 Bob James Hands Down(LP, Album, Gat) CBS/Sony 25AP 2360 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
35DP 32 Bob James Hands Down(CD, Album) Tappan Zee Records, CBS/Sony 35DP 32 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
S 85848 Bob James Hands Down(LP, Album, Gat) CBS S 85848 Spain 1982 Sell This Version


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August 31, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
This doesn't make any says Jon Faddis plays Trumpet on A2, A3 and B2 at the bottom but if you look at the top after each song it doesn't mention him but does mention two other Trumpet players........So what is it ?


November 9, 2012
edited over 4 years ago

Some very, very good music here. Hands Down is one of the most "challenging" Bob James albums (if you can use that word in this genre). It has taken a long time to grow on me, but I've found it quite rewarding with its highly complex compositions and performances.

"Janus" is one of his best works. The first minute, especially, is simply awesome. Heavy use of jazz chords like minor and major 7s do reveal the era that this was made, to some extent, but they work so well to give the song some robust emotion.

For me the best track is Mike Lawrence's haunting "Roberta." James's solo piano during the first three minutes is simply spine-tingling. I sort of wish the track ended at that point, but it moves to a somewhat overproduced piece. But I can't complain too much. Lawrence sadly passed away from cancer shortly after this album was recorded.

It closes with the great "It's Only Me," a downtrodden number similar in spirit to "Fly Away" from Lucky Seven.