Throwin' Down

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Throwin' Down
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 13, 1982
StudioRecord Plant (Sausalito), Motown/Hitsville U.S.A. Studios (Hollywood)
Genre Funk, soul, R&B
Label Gordy
Producer Rick James
Rick James chronology
Street Songs
Throwin' Down
Cold Blooded
Singles from Throwin' Down
  1. "Dance Wit' Me"
    Released: April 22, 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Robert Christgau B+ [2]
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Throwin' Down is the 6th studio album by Rick James, released in 1982 via the Gordy imprint of Motown Records. [5] [6] It peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200. [7] Although not as popular as Street Songs , Throwin' Down is certified gold by the RIAA. It was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album. [8]



Michael Walden, Roy Ayers, and Grace Slick appear on the album. [9]

Critical reception

Robert Christgau wrote: "Stealing his licks from G. Clinton & Co. (or maybe himself, who cares anymore?), he's the nearest thing to a pop musician in the rock and roll sense that today's black charts—not to mention today's white charts—can offer." [2] The Washington Post wrote that "the musical settings are clumsy reworkings of Parliament's funk and the Temptations' psychedelic soul." [10]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Rick James, except where noted.

Side A

  1. "Dance Wit' Me" 7:16
  2. "Money Talks" 4:50
  3. "Teardrops" 4:49
  4. "Throwdown" 3:17

Side B

  1. "Standing on the Top" (with The Temptations) 3:51
  2. "Hard to Get" 4:07
  3. "Happy" (with Teena Marie) 5:29
  4. "She Blew My Mind (69 Times)" 4:11
  5. "My Love" (James, Le Roi Johnson) 2:53

2014 digital remaster bonus tracks / 2014 Complete Motown Albums bonus tracks

  1. "Standing on the Top" (Long Version) - 9:50
  2. "Hard to Get" (12" Instrumental) - 4:12
  3. "She Blew My Mind (69 Times)" (12" Extended Mix) - 6:30
  4. "She Blew My Mind (69 Times)" (12" Instrumental) - 7:28



RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [11] Gold500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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