Gorilla

Gorilla

by James Taylor
     
 

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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

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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?

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2013
Label:
Audio Fidelity
UPC:
0780014215125
catalogNumber:
151

Tracks

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
Traditional   Composer

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