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Heads

Bob JamesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000FFL2XY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heads
2. We're All Alone
3. I'm In You
4. Night Crawler
5. You Are So Beautiful
6. One Loving Night

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May be the best January 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with the previous writer. This was one of my first introductions to Jazz and I have looked all over for something better but have never found it. Bob has some very good compisitions with "Heads' and "Nightcraweler", but the highlights for me are "We're All Alone" and "I'm In You". His arrangements are outstanding. I highly recommend this CD. Buy it today!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five for five! July 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD holds a very special place in the heart of every true Bob James fan. This may be due in no small part to its sentimental value in relation to nostalgia. HEADS has an overtly sexual quality to it, as may be seen through it's titles (and the number five itself). Musically, it has much to offer. The title song features the interesting sound of the Oberheim polyphonic synth's "tinkle bells". The tour-de-force of the CD is his uptempo version of "We're All Alone", featuring pianist Richard Tee. Bob rides the disco wave in on his version of Peter Frampton's "I'm In You". Both this and the original version of "Nightcrawler" feature saxophonist David Sanborn. Grover Washington, Jr. adds his special touch on "You Are So Beautiful". HEADS closes with an adaptation of Baroque composer Henry Purcell's "One Loving Night", something which can only be skillfully done by arrangers such as Bob James and Don Sebesky. With HEADS, you win!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome! September 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is contemporary jazz at its best. I am a big jazz fan but I have not come across a single jazz recording that rivals this album. Whenever i listen to "one loving night" I really dont know what to do with myself because the sweetness and perfection enter my very bones. The other tracks are all great (e.g. Jamaica Farewell).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece! Get it today, to relive the past. February 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Possibly one of the most beautiful renditions of "You are so Beautiful" I've ever heard. It's so melodic, it almost brings tears to your eyes. Some of the other songs are a little cheezy and outdated. Overall, a joyful album (yes, I have the original LP) to relive the memories of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Bob April 21, 2006
By Lugnut
Format:Audio CD
Like a couple of the previous reviewers, "Heads" was also my introduction to Bob James. I got this album shortly after it came out in the late '70's, and have loved it ever since. Thank God it was released on CD in the mid '90's. I added many more of Bob's albums to my collection as the years went by and while they're all very good, "Heads" does hold that special place.

For me part of the appeal is the rich blend of musical textures he creates by mixing electronic and real instruments. His acoustic piano sounds so good against the synthesizer. That fat bass trombone sound in "We're All Alone" is awesome.

And the music is excellent. The piano solos in the title tune are most intelligent and musical improvisations I've heard anywhere. "Night Crawler" has a slow, funky beat that'll have you bobbing your head back and forth before it's over.

A lot of modern jazz sounds quite a bit like upscale Muzak. Bob doesn't. When you catch yourself listening with your brain as well as your ears, you'll know you've been hooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music November 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was my introduction to Jazz music and I've never found anything better. Everyone I shared it with has fallen in love with it as well. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather decent for a smooth jazz album March 30, 2009
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
Bob James is so prolific that too many of his solo albums don't stand out and the average smooth jazz fan is better off to get a greatest hits compilation such as Restoration: The Best of Bob James if they want to check out James's work.

As a person who's predominately a fan of metal, I prefer jazz that's heavier in syncopation and usually stay away from smooth jazz. This album, however, actually stood out to me. I heard some of his other albums and while they were decent, they didn't stand out largely from the other. This one though had a good sense of groove and displayed some good song writing. My favorite tracks were the title track, "Night Crawler", and "One Loving Night."

Recommended for fans of smooth jazz.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Heads"- A Classic Must-Have by Bob James December 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorites and definitely the 1st I ever own on LP. It has everybody from David Sanborn, Eric Gale, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Grover Washington, Jr., Eddie Daniels, Lew Soloff, Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Gary King, David Nadien, Patti Austin, Gwen Guthrie, etc. I mean an all-star cast that features on this album. One thing I like about this album it has so many memories and it may me become a trumpet player later after getting introduced real big in Jazz.

My first endeavor in Jazz had to be Chuck Mangione b/c he was the first trumpet player ever I got experienced, then sooner or later, I got into Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny G, David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Jr., Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Rick Braun, George Benson, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, GRP All-Star Big Band, etc.

Now that I'm into it right now, I know all the facts and details about what jazz really is. Anybody isn't a fan of jazz shouldn't review this album. But for those that are missing out good music or are continuing jazz lovers or long-time fans to jazz should buy this album. This album is more of a jazz-funk album with a lotta flavor 2 it from the brass, winds/reeds, strings, rhythm sections, vocals, etc.

Here's the list:

1. Heads- Love the title song w/ more upbeat to it

2. We're All ALone- Everybody knows this one. It was done by my favorite artist Boz Scaggs and was redone by Lisa Coolidge right-after. I love the movements and the sound that come into it. Does have a disco feel to it.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Smooth Jazz!!
Really like his CD's.
Published 2 months ago by Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic offering by Bob James
Fantastic offering by Bob James. This was probably the first one i ever listened to by Mr.James. Inventive arrangements with top level playing make for a terrific listening... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John David Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to your ears
The best record ever for those that are new to jazz or that jus want to revisit an old favorite.
Published 6 months ago by Sharon Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Loved this album from 1977, the first time I heard it. Bob James is the best. Had to get the CD, misplaced the album moving. Thank you.
Published 13 months ago by Annie Scotland
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob James has always produced great music. The Heads CD has always...
Bob James has always produced great music. The Heads CD has always been one of his best. this CD can be appreciated by anyone who enjoy good jazz music.
Published 21 months ago by pvt
5.0 out of 5 stars HEADS Up!
Since I am a huge fan of instrumental pop, rock, and jazz from the late 1960s onwards, it is not a stretch to say that I think keyboardist Bob James fits very nicely into that... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Erik North
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob's Covers Album
Well, that's practically what it is!

While Bob James has usually included covers and adaptations of other peoples' music in his repetoire, Heads is unusual because the... Read more
Published on November 17, 2011 by wildwielder
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC
When It Comes To Jazz Music, Bob James Is The Maestro Of The Entire Genre, This Was My First Jazz Disc I Ever Received, And I Recommend It For Anyone Who Likes Jazz Music.
Published on August 23, 2011 by Jeffrey A. Harrell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Late 70's Bob James Classic
Over time this has emmerged as one of Bob James' most talked of and celebrated album among those interested in rare grooves and instrumental jazz-funk. Read more
Published on October 4, 2010 by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Yesterday's elevator music can be today's lucky charm. As I get more into crate digging and DJ culture, the Fender Rhodes and popping bass of 1970s smooth jazz, like Heads, gets... Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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