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Touchdown [Original recording remastered]

Bob JamesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000A0GOTQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Angela (Theme From "Taxi")
2. Touchdown
3. I Want To Thank You
4. Sun Runner
5. Caribbean Nights

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Touchdown"! June 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
First of all I have to strongly disagree with the other reviews written on this album, by reviewers who seem to know Bob James only from the songs that have been sampled by rappers. The five cuts on this album define "smooth jazz" before it became bland and uninteresting. I feel he hit a creative peak with this album that he only reached again with his duet album "One On One" with Earl Klugh. "Touchdown" features excellent supporting players like Hubert Laws, Earl Klugh, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Idris Muhammad, and David Sanborn, there's definitely nothing formulaic about the performances here. This album was James' first to crossover and hit the top forty on the pop chart thanks to hit theme from "Taxi", "Angela", and his first gold album. "Sun Runner" received heavy airplay from contemporary jazz stations when this album was released back in 1978. This is one of the best smooth jazz records of this or any era.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Magic! June 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
...That's the best way to describe this recording. TOUCHDOWN is one of those musical occurences which happen only once or twice in a lifetime (such as Chick Corea's RETURN TO FOREVER, or Dave Grusin's MOUNTAIN DANCE). There are so many reasons why. For one, there is the incredible assembleage of talent. The CD boasts such names as David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter, Eric Gale, and Mongo Santamaria. Then, there is the material itself. "Angela" (a.k.a. the theme from TAXI) is laid back (and check out that heartbreaking solo from Eric Gale). "Touchdown" features Bob at the keys and Sanborn's hard-driving sax. "I Want To Thank You", "Sun Runner", and "Caribbean Nights" are as smooth as they come. This is, bar none, the best CD that Bob ever put out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem by Bob James. February 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the first Bob James I ever heard and that was in 1980.
I love this album and is 1 of my 2 favourites.This is another beautiful album,one of his best.Also,I recommend "One on One" and the album "Restoration:The best of Bob James".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob scores with Touchdown! January 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ahhh, the late 1970s with it's breezy multi-cultured sound. This album is Bob James' sixth album, understandably called "touchdown" (six points). This album was released at the end of 1978 and was Bob's second album on the tappan zee label (He had been on Creed Taylor's CTI records for his first four albums). I think this is one of Bob's best. It's opening track: "Angela" was originally the theme of the TV series "Taxi". The version on this album is longer and more progressive that the TV version. The title track is somewhat similar to the sounds of Maynard Ferguson or Bill Conti. The strong rhythm sounds like an action adventure. My favourite song on the album is the latin flavored "I Want to thank you very much" (which originally closed side one). Bob's tender fender rhodes playing on "Thank You" have ranked this album one of my all-time favourites in jazz: and i've been a jazz fan since 1979. Along with "Lucky Seven", I think this is Bob James' best work. I think true jazz fans should add this CD to their collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful record July 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Beatifully produced, with great solos from an all-star cast. Apart from Eric Gale's classic solo on Angela, there are some really tasteful melodic lines from Bob on Fender Rhodes and Acoustic Piano and Dave Sanborn's playing on Touchdown is excellence bar none. Earl Klugh and Hubert Laws complement each other perfectly on Carribean nights and Steve Gadd powers the band on in a subtle understated manner. All in all Touchdown is a lovely recording. I listened to it today back to back with Bob James' 1975 offering "Two" yet another classic from the Seventies. It's good to treat oneself now and again. I'll say it again, beautiful!!!! I'm not the biggest fan of so-called smooth Jazz but this album is something special. Musicians could learn a lot from "touchdown".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best December 14, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Tuchdown was one of the first (smooth) jazz albums that I ever purchased. I was in college and was captivated by the music of the television show Taxi. I was not disappointed and nearly wore the album out on my turntable. I've long since migrated to cds (like everyone else), but I did not have Touchdown on cd--until this very afternoon. More than twenty years later, this music still resonates. The collection of talent on this recording is unbelievable: Ron Carter, Eric Gale, Ralph MacDonald, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, and others. Touchdown remains one of the very best of this genre, a seminal recording.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first BJ album I bought in the 80's September 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a must have in your Bob James collection. I still have the original vinyl as well. I keep playing this album over and over again after owning it for I guess about 25 years now.

Great to notice that BJ never left his origins and still knows how to renew the sound. In my opinion one of the best and most consistent smooth jazz musician ever!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defines Smooth Jazz July 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The first reviewers (who didn't use their names) are way off base. Bob James defines smooth jazz and Touchdown defines Bob James. I was so enchanted by Angela's Theme (Theme from Taxi) that I had to find out who did it. Of course, I had to have this album but then proceeded to collect all the Bob James efforts including tracking down the early CTI albums of BJ1 to BJ4. This is still the first Bob James album I will pull from the rack almost every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOUCHDOWN
I bought this CD from and it played with no problems
Published 10 days ago by capernicus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this album since early 1980's
Published 3 months ago by joseph miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly A Late 70's Jazz-Funk Classic
Bob James was certainly on a musical creative roll in the late 70's. Just about everywhere I go Bob James is often typecast as the founder of "smooth jazz",a term I've not only... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth way more than seven points!
If you could place yourself back to early fall 1978, you'd find this album in heavy rotation on everybody's turntable. Here's vinyl at it's best, and James at his. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James Scott Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album
I had this as an LP back in the 70's There's a wealth of professional musicians contained here, most of them still with us today. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Drums&Percussion
5.0 out of 5 stars Calm Energy
Touchdown creates a peaceful environment in today's stress filled environment without lulling you to sleep. Bob James builds a calm energy throughout this composition.
Published on October 19, 2012 by Ronald Sherrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
A wonderful trip down memory lane for any one who may remember his work from the late 70s, and a worth wile investigation for people interested in the roots of Jazz fusion and the... Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Nicholas Wiedenhoeft
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Jazz In One of its Finer Incarnations!
Like most people my age I first came to know of Bob James' work through that great 70s sitcom "Taxi" and "Angela" the piece that became the opening tune for each episode and so I... Read more
Published on March 1, 2010 by Frederick Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars great listening
Bob James never seizes to amaze me. He is just the best jazz musician.
He puts you into a mood that relaxes you and just puts you into a
groove to the music mood.
Published on September 3, 2008 by Debbie Condon
3.0 out of 5 stars Bob James music fan
I've been a fan of Bob James since I heard him play with a band called Stuff, a New York based studio band that did the theme song for SNL in the '70's. Read more
Published on April 20, 2008 by C. A. Collier, Jr.
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