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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: #392,272 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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Bob James has always produced great music.
pvt
This is very stylized music, not just easy to listen to, but easy to get lost in.
Erik North
His acoustic piano sounds so good against the synthesizer.
Lugnut

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
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 By James R. Prater on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James D. Polwort on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lugnut on April 21, 2006
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 By A Customer on November 24, 1999
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 By Mike on March 30, 2009
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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Format: Audio CD
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. I can't really explain why I stayed away from this album so long. I have a lot of Bob James in my collection and,especially in the late 70's/early 80's found his cinematic jazz-dance/funk arrangements very appealing yet found this album somewhat difficult to find on CD for some strange reason. When I did find it,in this particular case in a local Goodwill store I took no time snagging it up. And it's of course a purchase I don't regret in the slightest. With the likes of Eric Gale,David Sanborn and Grover Washington Jr. helping out these six extended grooves offer up music that is alternately smooth,slick,tough and musically exciting. The title song of course is one I had heard before and is filled with extremely strong dancable,funky breaks that would not only be appealing to hip-hop later (I know:the big clishe) but also had the advantage of leaving enough space in and around the middle for Eric,Grover and David to add their special touches soloing by turns. "We're All Alone" is yet another strong groove with probably the most melodic pop aspect of anything on this album as well as the most cinematic;still not quite as much as you would later a couple years later on albums such as Lucky Seven. "I'm In You",with it's driving rhythm and it's interweaving wah wah's and synthesizers is a high octane,rather futurist example of disco-funk and even though a certain perceived association with an often disliked late 70's dance style this song is likely to transend that for the average open minded music fan,especially again with it's rhythic breaks.Read more ›
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