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James Taylor [Bonus Tracks]
     

James Taylor [Bonus Tracks]

by James Taylor
 

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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

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2010
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099990581120
catalogNumber:
05811

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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
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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