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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his last couple of Warner Brothers albums, Gorilla and In the Pocket, James Taylor seemed to be converting himself from the shrinking violet, too-sensitive-to-live "rainy day man" of his early records into a mainstream, easy-listening crooner with a sunny outlook. JT, his debut album for Columbia Records, was something of a defense of this conversion. Returning to the autobiographical, Taylor declared his love for Carly Simon "There We Are", but expressed some surprise at his domestic bliss. "Isn't it amazing a man like me can feel this way?" he sang in the opening song, "Your Smiling Face" a Top 40 hit. At the same time, domesticity could have its temporary ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his last couple of Warner Brothers albums, Gorilla and In the Pocket, James Taylor seemed to be converting himself from the shrinking violet, too-sensitive-to-live "rainy day man" of his early records into a mainstream, easy-listening crooner with a sunny outlook. JT, his debut album for Columbia Records, was something of a defense of this conversion. Returning to the autobiographical, Taylor declared his love for Carly Simon "There We Are", but expressed some surprise at his domestic bliss. "Isn't it amazing a man like me can feel this way?" he sang in the opening song, "Your Smiling Face" a Top 40 hit. At the same time, domesticity could have its temporary depressions "Another Grey Morning". The key track was "Secret O' Life," which Taylor revealed as "enjoying the passage of time." Working with his long-time backup band of Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, and Russell Kunkel, and with Peter Asher back in the producer's chair, Taylor also enjoyed the playing of music, mixing his patented acoustic guitar-based folk sound with elements of rock, blues, and country. He even made the country charts briefly with "Bartender's Blues," a genre exercise complete with steel guitar and references to "honky tonk angels" that he would later re-record with George Jones. The album's Top Ten hit was Taylor's winning remake of Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man," which replaced the grit of the original with his characteristic warmth. JT was James Taylor's best album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon because it acknowledged the darkness of his earlier work while explaining the deliberate lightness of his current viewpoint, and because it was his most consistent collection in years. Fans responded: JT sold better than any Taylor album since Sweet Baby James.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643481120
  • Catalog Number: 34811

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Graham Nash Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Carly Simon Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
David Sanborn Saxophone
Leah Kunkel Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Asher Percussion, Castanets, Tambourine, Vocals, Bells, Hand Clapping, Cabasa, cowbell, Wood Block, Cabasa
Red Callender Bass, Tuba
David Campbell Strings, Conductor, Viola
Dan Dugmore Guitar, Steel Guitar
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Castanets, Drums, Tambourine, Hand Clapping, Wood Block
Clarence McDonald Keyboards
Leland Sklar Bass
David Paul Campbell Conductor, Viola
James Taylor Move Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Peter Asher Producer
David Campbell Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Val Garay Engineer
Amy Herot Producer
Jimmy Jones Composer
Clarence McDonald Contributor
Doug Sax Mastering
Jim Shea Back Cover
Kosh Art Direction
Kevin Boutote Mastering
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Bob Wolff Authoring
David Paul Campbell String Arrangements
Charles Merenstein Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of his best!

    I really love this CD (album when I first bought it). However, wasn't the song, "Mexico", on the original when it first came out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'd rate this in his top 3...

    Not a bad, not a mediocre song in this collection! A wonderful maturation album album in follow-up to his seminal Sweet Baby James. The melodies and lyrics are all lovely, and perhaps JT in his best voice, EVER. And for those who think he's just a namby-pamby sensitive singer-songwriter, listen to ''I Was Only Telling a Lie''.

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