Gorilla

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Gorilla served notice to anyone expecting James Taylor to continue on in the personal, confessional vein of his first few albums that he did not intend to do so. Recording in Burbank with Warners staff producers Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman, Taylor used a stellar backup band augmented by such guests as Graham Nash and David Crosby (who harmonized on the chart single "Mexico"), his wife Carly Simon, mandolinist David Grisman, saxophone player David Sanborn, Randy Newman on "hornorgan," and Little Feat slide guitarist Lowell George. This team worked on a set of light, pleasant songs that bordered on the generic -- one was called "Music," another "Love Songs" -- but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Gorilla served notice to anyone expecting James Taylor to continue on in the personal, confessional vein of his first few albums that he did not intend to do so. Recording in Burbank with Warners staff producers Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman, Taylor used a stellar backup band augmented by such guests as Graham Nash and David Crosby (who harmonized on the chart single "Mexico"), his wife Carly Simon, mandolinist David Grisman, saxophone player David Sanborn, Randy Newman on "hornorgan," and Little Feat slide guitarist Lowell George. This team worked on a set of light, pleasant songs that bordered on the generic -- one was called "Music," another "Love Songs" -- but were performed and sung with taste and care. Taylor was relentlessly upbeat; even "Angry Blues," which confessed, "I can't help it if I don't feel so good," didn't sound like things were that bad. But then, these songs didn't seem to be about Taylor, or if they were, as in the extended metaphor of the title track, the connection was so oblique that it was hard to say what the point was. Still, one could glide on Taylor's easy vocals and the band's competence, and Gorilla was an enjoyable listening experience. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," the first of a series of bleached R&B covers, became a Top Ten hit, and the album restored Taylor's commercial fortunes, setting him on the steady path he would follow for decades after. But who would have thought only a few years before that the king of the confessional song poets would turn into such a lightweight?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2013
  • Label: Audio Fidelity
  • UPC: 780014215125
  • Catalog Number: 151
  • Sales rank: 17,152

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mexico (2:59)
  2. 2 Music (3:48)
  3. 3 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (3:36)
  4. 4 Wandering (2:41)
  5. 5 Gorilla (3:12)
  6. 6 You Make It Easy (4:16)
  7. 7 I Was a Fool to Care (3:21)
  8. 8 Lighthouse (3:16)
  9. 9 Angry Blues (3:26)
  10. 10 Love Songs (5:46)
  11. 11 Sarah Maria (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Vocal Harmony
Graham Nash Vocal Harmony
Randy Newman Hornorgan
Carly Simon Vocal Harmony
Victor Feldman Percussion, Marimbas
David Sanborn Saxophone
Arthur Adams Electric Guitar
Valerie Carter Vocal Harmony
Lowell George Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner Drums
David Crosby Vocal Harmony
Nick DeCaro Accordion
Chuck Findley Horn
David Grisman Mandolin
Milt Holland Percussion, Wind Chimes
Jules Jacob Clarinet, Oboe
Danny Kortchmar Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Clarence McDonald Piano, fender rhodes
Andy Newmark Drums
Lee Sklar Bass
Willie Weeks Bass
Gayle Levant Harp
George Bohanon Horn
Technical Credits
James Taylor Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Donn Landee Engineer
Russ Titelman Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Mike Salisbury Cover Design
Bob Wynne Graphic Design
Steve Hoffman Mastering
Traditional Composer
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