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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
James Taylor's first Greatest Hits album, released in 1976 and consisting of his well-known early '70s recordings on Warner Bros. and re-recordings of some of the songs from his 1968 Apple Records debut, is in the rarefied sales category of double-digit millions, so a second volume, taking in his tenure at Columbia Records, was a no-brainer. The only wonder is why it took so long. But the second part of Taylor's recording career has been different from his first, especially when it comes to hits. All of Taylor's Columbia albums have been good sellers, hitting gold or platinum sales. But he has scored only four Top 40 hits on the pop charts: "Handy Man" his only Top Ten...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
James Taylor's first Greatest Hits album, released in 1976 and consisting of his well-known early '70s recordings on Warner Bros. and re-recordings of some of the songs from his 1968 Apple Records debut, is in the rarefied sales category of double-digit millions, so a second volume, taking in his tenure at Columbia Records, was a no-brainer. The only wonder is why it took so long. But the second part of Taylor's recording career has been different from his first, especially when it comes to hits. All of Taylor's Columbia albums have been good sellers, hitting gold or platinum sales. But he has scored only four Top 40 hits on the pop charts: "Handy Man" his only Top Ten single on Columbia, "Your Smiling Face," "Up on the Roof," and "Her Town Too." It's a different story on the adult contemporary charts, where he has been a mainstay. But Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 is not so much a collection of Taylor's chart entries as it is a best-of. There are several tracks, among them "Secret O' Life," "Only a Dream in Rio," and "Song for You Far Away," that were never hits but have become audience favorites, frequently played in Taylor's concerts. And there are chart singles, notably "Only One," which got into the adult contemporary Top Ten, and "Hard Times" and "Honey Don't Leave L.A.," which made the pop charts, that have been omitted. That said, this is a well-balanced compilation that should please most of the singer/songwriter's fans and that serves as a good selection of his work, circa 1977-1997.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2010
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886976881320
  • Catalog Number: 768813
  • Sales rank: 2,892

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Penny Whistle
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Deniece Williams Vocals
Don Grolnick Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
David Lasley Vocals
Bob Mintzer Tenor Saxophone
David Sanborn Saxophone
Yo-Yo Ma Cello
Valerie Carter Vocals
Leah Kunkel Background Vocals
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Gene Page Conductor
Airto Moreira Percussion
Peter Asher Tambourine, Cabasa
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Vocals
Rosemary Butler Vocals
David Campbell Conductor
Dan Dugmore Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lani Groves Vocals
Danny Kortchmar Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Michael Landau Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Levin Bass
Clarence McDonald Keyboards
Bob Mann Guitar
Arif Mardin Conductor
Kate Markowitz Vocals
Mark O'Connor Fiddle, Violin
Rick Shlosser Drums
Carlos Vega Percussion, Drums
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Zbeto Vocals
Arnold McCuller Vocals
Waddy Wachtel Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Elaine Eliaf Vocals
Kenia Gould Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Clifford Carter Synthesizer, Keyboards
Steve Jordan Drums
Billy Payne Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Russell Kunkel Percussion, Drums
John David Souther Vocals
Rick Maretta Drums
Technical Credits
Edgar Meyer Cello Arrangement
Carole King Composer
James Taylor Composer, Producer
Don Grolnick Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Gene Page String Arrangements
Norman Petty Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Peter Asher Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
David Campbell String Arrangements
James Farber Engineer
Frank Filipetti Producer, Engineer, Mastering Consultant
Val Garay Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Danny Kortchmar Composer, Producer
Arif Mardin String Arrangements
George Massenburg Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Stanley Silverman Cello Arrangement
J.D. Souther Composer
Waddy Wachtel Composer
Michael White Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Danny Clinch Back Cover Photo
John Godenzi Engineer
Randy Hutson Engineer
Stephanie Mauer Art Direction
Nathanial Kunkel Engineer
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