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Touchdown Original recording remastered

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

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  • 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 (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Harris on 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 By James R. Prater on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah4Now on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By A Customer on December 14, 2003
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 By P. M. Kuipers on 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 By Joe Howard on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 24, 2013
Format: Audio CD
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 grown to dislike very much but is also very non descriptive. One thing in his favor is basically what he had in common with Quincy Jones: he was an amazing arranger who was able to successfully (and effectively) utilize the talents of the many different musicians he worked with over the years. On this 1978 album James was at the height of his musical powers on his Tappan Zee record label-recording one commercially and creatively successful album after the other. And most importantly making the best possible use of that talent pool he was so fortunate to deal with. On this album,its the A-list group of players he'd arranged and produced for in Eric Gale,Steve Gadd,David Sanborn,Ron Carter,Ron Carter,Hubert Laws,Hiram Bullock as well as Mongo Santamaria and Idris Muhammad. These musicians had the advantage of being superb session players who were also important band leaders in their own right. And that quality really shines on this album.

"Angela",beginning this album was of course the theme of the hit TV series Taxi and is very likely Bob James best known song. One thing about it is how much it works as a stand alone composition-especially when Eric Gale's hallmark guitar solo wins this song completely over about halfway through. The title song is a strong uptempo and melodic jazz/funk/dance groove on which James makes use of some wonderfully chorded and layered polyphonic synthesizers blending into the featured soloist David Sanborn.
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