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: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992729321
  • Catalog Number: 2866
  • Sales rank: 2,867

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mexico (2:57)
  2. 2 Music (3:46)
  3. 3 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (3:33)
  4. 4 Wandering (2:40)
  5. 5 Gorilla (3:10)
  6. 6 You Make It Easy (4:10)
  7. 7 I Was a Fool to Care (3:19)
  8. 8 Lighthouse (3:15)
  9. 9 Angry Blues (3:25)
  10. 10 Love Songs (5:45)
  11. 11 Sarah Maria (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Graham Nash Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Randy Newman Keyboards, Hornorgan
Carly Simon Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Victor Feldman Percussion, Piano, Marimbas
David Sanborn Saxophone
Arthur Adams Guitar, Electric Guitar
Valerie Carter Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Lowell George Electric Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner Drums
George Bohannon Trombone, Horn
David Crosby Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Nick DeCaro Organ, Strings, Accordion
Chuck Findley Horn
David Grisman Mandolin
Milt Holland Percussion
Jules Jacob Clarinet, Oboe
Danny Kortchmar Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Drums, Tambourine
Gayle LaVant Harp
Clarence McDonald Synthesizer, Piano
Andy Newmark Drums
Al Perkins Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Willie Weeks Bass
Gayle Levant Harp
Leland Sklar Bass
Technical Credits
Nick DeCaro Arranger
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Brian Holland Composer
Donn Landee Engineer
Clarence McDonald Contributor
Russ Titelman Producer, Contributor
Lenny Waronker Producer
Gayle Levant Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    music man

    james recorded this music 20 years ago yet you can put it on and listen to it as if he recorded it yesterday. his music never gets old. only his enduring fans. keep jamming james.

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