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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
James Taylor had scored eight Top 40 hits by the fall of 1976 when Warner Brothers marked the end of his contract with this compilation. One of those hits, the Top Ten gold single "Mockingbird," a duet with his wife Carly Simon, was on Elektra Records, part of the Warner family of labels and presumably available, but it was left off. "Long Ago and Far Away," a lesser hit though it made the Top Ten on the easy listening charts, wasn't used either. In addition to the six hits -- "Fire and Rain," "Country Road," "You've Got a Friend," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You," and "Shower the People" -- that were included, the album featured a...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
James Taylor had scored eight Top 40 hits by the fall of 1976 when Warner Brothers marked the end of his contract with this compilation. One of those hits, the Top Ten gold single "Mockingbird," a duet with his wife Carly Simon, was on Elektra Records, part of the Warner family of labels and presumably available, but it was left off. "Long Ago and Far Away," a lesser hit though it made the Top Ten on the easy listening charts, wasn't used either. In addition to the six hits -- "Fire and Rain," "Country Road," "You've Got a Friend," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You," and "Shower the People" -- that were included, the album featured a couple of less successful singles, "Mexico" and "Walking Man," the album track "Sweet Baby James," and three previously unreleased recordings -- a live version of "Steamroller" and newly recorded versions of "Something in the Way She Moves" and "Carolina in My Mind," songs featured on Taylor's 1968 debut album, recorded for Apple/Capitol. The result was a reasonable collection for an artist who wasn't particularly well-defined by his singles. One got little sense of Taylor's evolution from the dour, confessional songs of his first two albums to the more conventional pop songs of his sixth and seventh ones. But one did hear isolated examples of Taylor's undeniable warmth and facility for folk/country-tinged pop. By the next summer, Taylor was back in the Top Ten on Columbia, and Greatest Hits was out of date. But it remains a good sampler of Taylor's more popular early work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227809423
  • Catalog Number: 78094
  • Sales rank: 483

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Carole King Piano
Randy Meisner Bass
Joni Mitchell Background Vocals
Graham Nash Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Carly Simon Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman Background Vocals, Bells, Vibes, Orchestra Bells
David Sanborn Saxophone
Carl King Piano
Andrew Gold Harmonium, Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Red Rhodes Steel Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Kenny Ascher Electric Piano
Byron Berline Fiddle
David Crosby Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Nick DeCaro Vox Organ, Hornorgan, Voice Organ
Craig Doerge Piano
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Milt Holland Percussion
Danny Kortchmar Acoustic Guitar, Conga, Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Cabasa, Shaker, Cabasa
John London Bass, Bass Guitar
Clarence McDonald Piano, fender rhodes, Hornorgan
Rick Marotta Drums
Andy Muson Bass
Gene Orloff Strings, Concert Master
Herb Pedersen Background Vocals
Lee Sklar Bass, Bass Guitar
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Electroacoustic)
Gayle Levant Harp
Ted Rhodes Pedal Steel Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass
Bob West Double Bass
Danny Kootch Conga
Technical Credits
Peter Asher Producer, Audio Production
Nick DeCaro Contributor
Val Garay Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Brian Holland Composer
Bill Lazerus Engineer
Harry Maslin Engineer
Richard Sanford Orshoff Engineer
Phil Ramone Engineer
David Spinozza Producer, Audio Production
Russ Titelman Producer, Audio Production
Lenny Waronker Producer, Audio Production
Kosh Art Direction, Cover Design
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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    I love this album. I often give it as gifts. Was surprised to

    I love this album. I often give it as gifts. Was surprised to read "it's a good example of his early work."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great!

    Great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't forget JT's Greatest Hits Vol 2

    This is my favorite James Taylor Greatest Hits CD. Each previous reviewer defines why it is so good, and I agree. Just don't forget how awesome his Greatest Hits Volume 2 is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gone to Carolina as well

    My parents have recently gotten me hooked onto James Taylor. I usually listen to a harder style of music, but James Taylor's soothing music is perfect for a relaxing mood. His Greatest Hits are some of the best songs ever written, no matter what style of music you listen to. His voice fits perfectly with the way he uses the acoustic guitar. Gone to Carolina in my Mind, Mexico, You've got a Friend, and The Way She Moves are up there in my top ten favorite songs. In the few short months I've listened to James Taylor, I've gone from, "Who is this?" to, "I can't believe you don't know who this is!" Once you listen to this CD, you'll absolutely fall in love with him, just like i did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    James Taylor's Music: How Sweet It Is

    In my opinion, James Taylor is one of the greatest songwriters and singers of all times. His lyrics and music are not offensive like many of today's new artists. James' music is very soothing, and easy to relate to. When one is listening to his music they can almost feel his presence. It is like he has written his songs for you, and is right there serenading you. One of my favorite songs is 'Sweet Baby James' because I love the lyrics; he makes me feel as though I am right there ''watching the doogies retire.'' James Taylor's music is for everyone. My parents love him, my older brothers love him, and I love him. He is a very talented artist, and I especially believe that because his audience's ages are so different. If you love this CD I also strongly recommend his CD 'New Moon Shine.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I just keep buying this album

    So far, I've bought this album on four separate formats and I'll probably listen to it as long as I live. Mr. Taylor's voice is a pleasure to listen to and his lyrics are artful and accessible. I envy people who've never heard it before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definately Recomended

    This is an excellent album thats highly recomended. It flows suprisingly well for a greatest hits album. Whether your driving home from a hectic day at work or relaxing at home this is the record for that. If your thinking about picking it up for sure do it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Sweet Baby James

    Any fan of James Taylor can't be without this in their CD collection. All of his best hits are included,and everyone knows how to sing along to them. His music remains classic today and it never grows old. I've seen him in concert twice and enjoyed every second of it. This one's a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Songs

    This album has the best songs of James Taylor. If you want to buy an album of his buy this one.

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