Rocks In The Attic #313: Bob James – ‘Touchdown’ (1978)

RITA#313Smooth jazz! I bought this from the second-hand bookshop on Devonport’s pier. I’d actually seen it a few weeks earlier, but I went back and got it for $4 – a great price for a great album.

You have to watch yourself in that bookshop though. The shop is in two parts, one on each side of the main concourse through the pier. There’s an assistant behind a counter, but only in one of the stores – the other is unmanned. When I bought this record, I was in the unmanned side of the store, flicking though the vinyl crates and a lady walks in and says to me “I’d like to ask you about a book…”.  According to the other browser that was in there at the time, this happens quite regularly.

I owned up immediately and pointed her across the way to the owner of the shop, but maybe I should have tried to give her some literary advice. Next time, maybe.

I like how Bob James numbers his records – this is album number six so it’s called Touchdown because in American Football, a touchdown is worth six points. The previous album Heads features a nickel on the cover (being worth five cents) but the cleverness ended with the next album simply called Lucky Number Seven.

I used a snippet of Angela for the closing credits of the video I made around the birth of my first beautiful daughter. It’s always been one of my favourite TV themes, and the rest of the album is up to that standard. It may sound like porn music, but it’s still entrancing in an instrumental Steely Dan sort of way.

Hit: Angela (Theme From Taxi)

Hidden Gem: Touchdown

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  1. Pingback: Rocks In The Attic #579: Bob James & Earl Klugh – ‘One On One’ (1979) | Vinyl Stylus

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