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Hourglass
     

Hourglass

by James Taylor
 

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James Taylor stopped pushing himself into new musical and lyrical territories in the late '70s, so it doesn't come as a great surprise that Hourglass, his first studio album in six years, doesn't offer anything new -- it's a collection of pleasant, melodic, simple songs about love, family, and social activism. That's not necessarily a bad thing, since Taylor

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James Taylor stopped pushing himself into new musical and lyrical territories in the late '70s, so it doesn't come as a great surprise that Hourglass, his first studio album in six years, doesn't offer anything new -- it's a collection of pleasant, melodic, simple songs about love, family, and social activism. That's not necessarily a bad thing, since Taylor has a gift for such material, and on Hourglass, he sounds as good as ever. The music, in many ways, has greater depth than previous records, since it features cameos from such heavy hitters as Stevie Wonder, Yo-Yo Ma, Shawn Colvin, Michael Brecker, Mark O'Connor, and Branford Marsalis. There are a few songs that fall a little flat, failing to make much of an impression one way or the other, but on the whole, Hourglass is a nice addition to his catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1997
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886977135828
catalogNumber:
771358
Rank:
31992

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Penny Whistle
Edgar Meyer   Acoustic Bass
Shawn Colvin   Vocals
Sting   Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone,EWI
David Lasley   Vocals
Yo-Yo Ma   Cello
Valerie Carter   Vocals
Jill Dell'Abate   Vocals
Bob Mann   Guitar
Branford Marsalis   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Kate Markowitz   Vocals
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Carlos Vega   Percussion,Drums
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Clifford Carter   Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Edgar Meyer   Cello Arrangement
James Taylor   Composer,Producer
Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements
Livingston Taylor   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Producer,Engineer
Stanley Silverman   Cello Arrangement
Roy Turk   Composer
Stephanie Mauer   Art Direction
Cathy Kerr   Management
Maggie Taylor   Composer

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