Throwin' Down

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Throwin' Down
Studio album by Rick James
Released May 13, 1982
Recorded 1981-82, Record 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

Throwin' Down is a Rick James album from 1982. It was released on the Gordy Records imprint of Motown Records. Although not as popular as Street Songs, Throwin' Down saw another RIAA certified gold album from James. 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.

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Track listing[edit]

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
10. "Standing On The Top (Long Version)" - 9:50
11. "Hard To Get (12" Instrumental)" - 4:12
12. "She Blew My Mind (69 Times) (12" Extended Mix)" - 6:30
13. "She Blew My Mind (69 Times) (12" Instrumental)" - 7:28


  • Rick James: vocals, guitars, bass guitar, harmonica, keyboards, synthesizers, Linn Drum programming, percussion
  • Daniel LeMelle: flute, saxophone, trumpet, string synthesizers, backing vocals
  • Levi Ruffin, Jr.: electric and acoustic piano, synthesizers, backing vocals
  • John McFee, Tom McDermott: guitars
  • Erskine Williams: piano
  • Oscar Alston: bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Lanise Hughes, Narada Michael Walden, Paul Hines: drums, percussion
  • Nate Hughes: percussion, handclaps, backing vocals
  • Roy Ayers, Donny Keider: vibraphone
  • Grace Slick, Jean Carn, Julia Tillman Waters, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Maxine Willard Waters, Patti Brooks, Tabby Johnson, Diane Nixon, Jeri Fields: backing vocals
  • Moses Johnson, JoAnne McDuffy, Lisa Sarna: handclaps, backing vocals
  • Aaron Dublin, Big John Main, "Jennifer", Ronald Byrd: handclaps