James Taylor [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
James Taylor was the first artist to be signed to record on the Beatles' short-lived vanity label Apple. In late 1968, Taylor's sophisticated self-titled disc foreshadowed the introspective singer/songwriter genre that dominated pop music in the early and mid-'70s. Although often touted as his debut, this release is chronologically Taylor's second studio outing. James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine -- an EP recorded a year earlier -- contains rudimentary versions of much of the same original material found here. The album is presented with two distinct sides. The first, in essence, presents a unified multi-song suite incorporating several distinctly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
James Taylor was the first artist to be signed to record on the Beatles' short-lived vanity label Apple. In late 1968, Taylor's sophisticated self-titled disc foreshadowed the introspective singer/songwriter genre that dominated pop music in the early and mid-'70s. Although often touted as his debut, this release is chronologically Taylor's second studio outing. James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine -- an EP recorded a year earlier -- contains rudimentary versions of much of the same original material found here. The album is presented with two distinct sides. The first, in essence, presents a unified multi-song suite incorporating several distinctly Baroque-flavored links connecting the larger compositions. The second is a more traditional collection of individual tunes. This unique juxtaposition highlights Taylor's highly personal and worldly lyrics within a multidimensional layer of surreal and otherwise ethereal instrumentation. According to Taylor, much of the album's subject matter draws upon personal experience. This is a doubled-edged blessing because the emphasis placed on the pseudo-blues "Knocking 'Round the Zoo" and the numerous other references made to Taylor's brief sojourn in a mental institution actually do a disservice to the absolutely breathtaking beauty inherent in every composition. Several pieces debuted on this release would eventually be reworked by Taylor several years later. Among the notable inclusions are "Rainy Day Man," "Night Owl," "Something in the Way She Moves," and "Carolina in My Mind." Musically, Taylor's decidedly acoustic-based tunes are augmented by several familiar names. Among them are former King Bees member Joel "Bishop" O'Brien drums -- who had joined Taylor and Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar in the Original Flying Machine -- as well as Paul McCartney bass, who lends support to the seminal version of "Carolina in My Mind." The album's complex production efforts fell to Peter Asher -- formerly of Peter & Gordon and concurrent head of Apple Records A&R department. The absolute conviction that runs throughout this music takes the listener into its confidence, and with equal measures of wit, candor, and sophistication, James Taylor created a minor masterpiece that is sadly eclipsed by his later, more popular works. [The 2010 reissue of James Taylor was remastered by the same Abbey Road team who remastered the acclaimed 2009 Beatles reissues and was expanded by four bonus tracks: demos of "Sunny Skies" and "Let Me Ride," which Taylor would later record for the Sweet Baby james and Mud Slide Slim & The Blue Horizon albums, respectively; plus, acoustic demos of the album's "Sunshine Sunshine" and "Carolina in My Mind."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099990581120
  • Catalog Number: 05811
  • Sales rank: 40,571

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
George Harrison Background Vocals
Paul McCartney Bass
Freddie Redd Organ
Peter Asher Percussion, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Louis Cennamo Bass
Richard Hewson Percussion, Bassoon, Conductor, Oboe, screams
Skaila Kanga Harp
Danny Kortchmar Electric Guitar
Bishop O'Brien Drums
Don Schinn Organ, Harpsichord, Electric Piano
Mick Wayne Guitar
Charley Larkey Bass
Amici String Quartet String Quartet
Aeolian String Quartet String Quartet
Technical Credits
James Taylor Arranger, Composer, Percussion Arrangement
Peter Asher Producer, Liner Notes, Percussion Arrangement
Richard Hewson Arranger, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Orchestral Arrangements, Percussion Arrangement
Don Schinn Arranger
Barry Sheffield Engineer
Malcolm Toft Engineer
Steve Rooke Remastering
Guy Massey Remastering
Traditional Composer
Richard Imrie Cover Photo
Darren Evans Redesign
Aaron Bremner Management
Mike Heatley Reissue Producer
Dorcas Lynn Memorabilia
Carl Bigmore Memorabilia
Andy Davis Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Memorabilia
Jeremy Colebrooke Memorabilia
Bastiaan Van Kasteel Memorabilia
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