Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by James Taylor
     
 

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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. "LongSee more details below

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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 By the next summer, Taylor was back in the Top Ten on Columbia, and Greatest Hits was out of date.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:
06/08/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227809423
catalogNumber:
78094
Rank:
5996

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic 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
Milt Holland   Percussion
Danny Kortchmar   Acoustic Guitar,Conga,Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Cabasa,Shaker
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,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
Val Garay   Engineer
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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