H / Sign Of The Times: 2 on 1 Edition - Bob James

H / Sign Of The Times: 2 on 1 Edition
•    Robinsongs are honoured to be releasing as a 2 on 1 two of Bob James finest albums on CD "H” & "Sign Of The Times”. Both titles were originally released in 1980.

•    The "H” album heavily features soprano saxophone great Grover Washington Jr who also wrote the track ‘Brighton By The Sea’ one of the highlights on the album, "H” also features the haunting ‘Shepherds Song’ which was arranged and adapted by Bob James.

•    "Sign Of The Times” is a slightly more modern sounding album and Bob shared the writing credits with Rod Temperton who as we all know wrote the bulk of Michael Jackson’s "Thriller” album, the title track being the stand out track, which received heavy radio plays on its initial release back in the day.

•    Sleeve notes from Mojo’s Lois Wilson.

NB: This title is released July 21 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

H
1.    SNOWBIRD FANTASY
2.    SHEPHERDS SONG
3.    BRIGHTON BY THE SEA
4.    THE WALKMAN
5.    THOROUGHBRED
6.    REUNITED

SIGN OF THE TIMES
7.    HYPNOTIQUE
8.    THE STEAMIN FEELIN’
9.    ENCHANTED FOREST
10.    UNICORN
11.    SIGN OF THE TIMES
12.    LOVE POWER
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DISC ONE
ANIMAL MAGIC
1. DIGGING YOUR SCENE
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4. SWEET MURDER
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DISC TWO
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13. DIGGING YOUR SCENE (Re-Mix – Phil Harding) 
14. SWEET MURDER (THE SMILE ON HER FACE)
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