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Rick James – Throwin´ Down (1982) – Lp

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician and composer.












Artist:  Rick James
Title:  Throwin´ Down
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog# 542024

Rick James fans generally agree that 1981’s Street Songs is his finest album — in fact, Street Songs is essential listening for anyone with even a casual interest in hardcore funk. Unfortunately, James tried to recycle the album’s formula on many of his subsequent albums, and by the mid-’80s, he had become a very predictable and redundant caricature of himself. But in 1982, James was still exciting. That year’s Throwin’ Down, the album that followed Street Songs, falls short of essential but is still rewarding. Many of the songs are excellent, including the cynical “Money Talks” and the major hits “Standing on the Top” (which features the Temptations) and “Dance Wit’ Me.” Not surprisingly, hardcore funk dominates the record, although Throwin’ Down contains a few pleasing soul ballads as well. “Happy,” a duet with Teena Marie, and “Teardrops” point to the fact that James can be a very expressive ballad singer even though he is best known for his up-tempo material. This album does sound like recycled Street Songs at times, but in 1982, James had yet to run the formula into the ground. All things considered, Throwin’ Down was an enjoyable, if imperfect and slightly uneven, addition to the funkster’s catalog.

With appearances by The Temptations, Teena Marie and Jefferson Airplane/Starship lead vocalist Grace Slick, the record was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.


Side one
1.  Dance Wit’ Me (7:12)
2.  Money Talks (4:48)
3.  Teardrops (4:47)
4.  Throwdown (3:16)

Side two
1.  Standing on the Top (with The Temptations)  (3:48)
2.  Hard to Get (4:05)
3.  Happy (5:26)
4.  69 Times (4:08)
5.  My Love (2:50)


Rick James – Cold Blooded (1983) – Lp

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician, composer and actor.

rick james - cold blooded












Artist:  Rick James
Title:  Cold Blooded
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog#  542043

Cold Blooded is a 1983 Rick James album, released on the Gordy Records imprint of Motown Records. The title track was written with actress Linda Blair in mind, whom Rick was dating at the time.

The last gasp for Rick James, at one time the king of ’80s punk/funk. While ‘Cold Blooded’ is not quite at the level of the 1-2 KO punch that was ‘Street Songs’ and ‘Throwin Down’, you can tell the New Wave scene that was becoming increasingly popular by that time in black music had finally hit Rick hard and ended up being reflected in this release. Drum machines and programmed synths are at the forefront this time, while the horns take more of a backseat consequently. That said, there’s still an exciting energy running throughout this album that could have only come from the man himself. Whether it be the New Wave-flavored opener (U Bring the Freak Out-one of only a few tracks that prominently features a driving horn section), his infamous “come on” to actress Linda Blair whom he was going out with at the time (title track), a truly inspired collaboration with fellow Motown legend Smokey Robinson (Ebony Eyes), or the seguing two-part commentary on NYC life according to Rick (New York Town and P.I.M.P. the S.I.M.P.), ‘Cold Blooded’ is still very much another decent addition to the Rick James catalog.


Side one
1.  U Bring The Freak Out  (4:06)
2.  Cold Blooded  (5:57)
3.  Ebony Eyes  (5:06)
4.  1, 2, 3 (U, Her And Me)  (4:05)

Side two
1.  Doin’ It  (5:04)
2.  New York Town  (4:06)
3.  P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P.  (4:28)
4.  Tell Me (What You Want)  (5:03)
5.  Unity  (1:50)

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