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Acoustic Guitar – David Brown Bass – Doug StegmeyerDrums – Liberty DeVittoTenor Saxophone – Eddie Daniels
Concertmaster [Strings] – David NadienDrums – 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 LashTrombone – Wayne AndreTrumpet – Dave Taylor, John Frosk, Randy BreckerWoodwind – Mark Colby
Arranged By [Vocals] – Rod TempertonDrums – John Robinson Guitar – Steve KhanLyricon – Rob ZanteSynthesizer [Bass], Drum Programming – Bob JamesTrumpet – Mike Lawrence, Ron TooleyVocals – Luther Vandross, Milt Grayson, Patti Austin, Vivian Cherry, Yvonne Lewis, Zach SandersWoodwind – Wally Kane, Whit Sidener
Alto Saxophone – Jay BeckensteinBass – Marcus MillerDrums – John Robinson Guitar – Steve KhanTrumpet – Mike Lawrence, Ron TooleyWoodwind – Wally Kane, Whit Sidener
Drums – Harvey Mason
6It's Only Me
Synthesizer [Bass], Drum Programming – Bob James


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
VICJ-61723Bob James Hands Down ‎(CD, Album, RE)Tappan Zee RecordsVICJ-61723Japan2015
S 85848Bob James Hands Down ‎(LP, Album, Gat)CBSS 85848Spain1982
STR 31003Bob James Hands Down ‎(LP, Album)CBSSTR 31003South Africa1982
KOC-CD-9936Bob James Hands Down ‎(CD, Album, RE)Koch Records, Tappan Zee RecordsKOC-CD-9936US2006
FC 38067Bob James Hands Down ‎(LP, Album, Gat)Tappan Zee Records, ColumbiaFC 38067Canada1982


  • BassGary King (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
  • Co-producer, Recorded By, Mixed ByJoe Jorgensen
  • Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]Bob James (tracks: A1 to A3)
  • EngineerBruce Robbins, Chaz Clifton, Marc Chusid, Nancy Byers, Wayne Warnecke
  • ManagementMichael Tannen & Associates
  • Mastered ByVladimir Meller
  • PercussionLeonard 'Doc' Gibbs, Jr. (tracks: A1 to B1)
  • PianoBob James (tracks: B1 to B3)
  • Producer, Arranged ByBob James
  • Synthesizer [Polyphonic]Bob James (tracks: A1 to B1, B3)
  • TromboneDave Taylor (tracks: A2, A3, B2), Jim Pugh (tracks: A2, A3, B2)
  • TrumpetJon Faddis (tracks: A2, A3, B2)
  • WoodwindEddie Daniels (tracks: A2, A3, B2), George Marge (tracks: A2, A3, B2)


© 1982 CBS Inc. / ℗ 1982 CBS Inc.


  • 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


  • Manufactured By – Columbia Records
  • Manufactured By – CBS Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
  • Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
  • Published By – West Portal Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Wayward Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Other Side Music
  • Recorded At – A&R Studios
  • Recorded At – CBS Studios, New York
  • Recorded At – Mediasound
  • Recorded At – Sound Mixers
  • Recorded At – Minot Sound
  • Mixed At – Mediasound
  • Mastered At – CBS Studios, New York



Hands Down is the tenth studio album by Bob James, released in 1982. This was a turning point in James career, with the tracks It's Only Me and Spunky being early exponents of electronic jazz. At the time electronica was transforming popular music in reaction to the big orchestrations of the late 1970s prevalent on James' previous works. The minimalist tastes of the era were also reflected in Roberta, which mostly featured James in a piano solo. 071920 Bob James in Canton, OH at Gervasi Vineyard Buy Tickets. Latest Tweet. Follow Bob James BobJamesMusic. Follow BobJamesMusic. Hands Down. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player version 9 or above is required to play this audio clip. Bob James - Hands Down 1982. To favorites 2 Download album. Listen album. Bob James. Songs in album Bob James - Hands Down 1982. Bob James - Janus. Bob James - Roberta. Bob James - It's only me. Bob James - Spunky. Bob James - Macumba. Bob James - Shamboozie. Have This Want This. Album Info This Release. Visitor rating. Release date label labelcode medium genre submit corrections. 1982 columbia FC38067 lp vinyl fusion. Change Version Add Version. Total Visits This Week. Hands On - Bob James. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. Hands On. Album 1982 6 Songs. Hands Down Bob James. from Bob James' 1982 album 'Hands Down'. Hands Down, 1982. Shamboozie, 05:19. Janus, 05:52. Hands Down LP, Album, Gat. Tappan Zee Records. FC 38067. Vendi questa versione. Hands Down Cass, Album. CBS , Tappan Zee Records. AS 1514

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Bob James
Hands Down
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Tappan Zee Records
Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk, Disco
Catalog №:
FC 38067
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 ?
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.
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