October Road

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In the time between James Taylor's 1997 outing, Hourglass, and his 16th studio album, October Road, the singer married for a third time, became the proud dad of twin boys, and had his songwriter's notebook -- packed with three years' worth of lyrics and ideas -- swiped by a burglar. Luckily, Taylor was still able to take inspiration from the former events while overcoming the obstacles presented by the latter. Reuniting with Russ Titelman who produced the JT classics Gorilla and In the Pocket, the celebrated songwriter delivers a dozen songs cloaked in gorgeously crafted musical arrangements and rendered with measured vocal phrasing. Supported by a group of ace ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
In the time between James Taylor's 1997 outing, Hourglass, and his 16th studio album, October Road, the singer married for a third time, became the proud dad of twin boys, and had his songwriter's notebook -- packed with three years' worth of lyrics and ideas -- swiped by a burglar. Luckily, Taylor was still able to take inspiration from the former events while overcoming the obstacles presented by the latter. Reuniting with Russ Titelman who produced the JT classics Gorilla and In the Pocket, the celebrated songwriter delivers a dozen songs cloaked in gorgeously crafted musical arrangements and rendered with measured vocal phrasing. Supported by a group of ace musicians -- including guitarists Ry Cooder and John Pizzarelli, organist Larry Goldings, and drummer Steve Gadd -- Taylor waxes poetic on the people and events shaping his life, paying tribute to his wife on the heartfelt "Caroline I See You" and to other loved ones on the snappy "Raised Up Family," while calling for peace on the somber "Belfast to Boston." But most impressive is JT's stylistic range, incorporating jazzy strains on the swingin' "Whenever You're Ready"; the supper-club-style "Mean Old Man," arranged by Dave Grusin; and a lush reading of the holiday chestnut "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which was a seasonal hit for Taylor in 2001. Proving that Taylor is still in fine fettle at the age of 54, October Road adds another memorable byway to an already impressive road map of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646358467
  • Catalog Number: 63584

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 September Grass (4:51)
  2. 2 October Road (3:57)
  3. 3 On The 4th of July (3:25)
  4. 4 Whenever You're Ready (4:14)
  5. 5 Belfast To Boston (4:16)
  6. 6 Mean Old Man (3:44)
  7. 7 My Traveling Star (3:55)
  8. 8 Raised Up Family (4:40)
  9. 9 Carry Me On My Way (4:30)
  10. 10 Caroline I See You (4:58)
  11. 11 Baby Buffalo (4:50)
  12. 12 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Choir, Chorus, Harmony Vocals
Ry Cooder Guitar
Michael Brecker Saxophone
Larry Goldings Piano
David Lasley Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Harmony Vocals
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards, Penny Whistle, String Pads, Electric Bagpipes
Bruce Dukov Violin
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Luis Conte Percussion
Dave Grusin Conductor
Brian Dembow Viola
Stuart Duncan Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Walt Fowler Horn
Steve Gadd Drums
Julie Gigante Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Carrie Holzman-Little Viola
Robbie Kilgore Piano
Michael Landau Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Lou Marini Horn
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Ralph Morrison Concert Master
Robin Olson Violin
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
John Pizzarelli Guitar
John Sheldon Guitar
Richard Sortomme Violin
Sally Taylor Background Vocals
Donna Tecco Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Michael Eisenstein Choir, Chorus
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Kay Hanley Choir, Chorus
Nina Gordon Choir, Chorus
Clifford Carter Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Natalie Leggett Violin
Belinda Whitney Violin
Tamara L. Hatwan Violin
Josh Lattanzi Choir, Chorus
Steve Scully Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Liane Mautner Violin
Chiara Civello Background Vocals
Karen Jones Violin
Julia Ann Gigante Violin
Caroline Taylor Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rob Mounsey String Arrangements
Dave Grusin String Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
Kate Markowitz Art Direction
Dave O'Donnell Engineer
Russ Titelman Producer
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Stephanie Mauer Cover Consultant
Sante d'Orazio Cover Photo
Barbara Rose Management
Mark Howard Engineer
Gary Borman Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Walking Down October Road

    The new James Taylor CD, October Road, is bound to be a classic. Songs like "Whenever You're Ready" and "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" are bound to get a lot of air-play on the radio, but long-time fans will go for the more subtle stuff, like "4th of July" or "Carry Me On My Way". But the quirkier personal songs, like "Baby Buffalo" and "My Traveling Star" are the ones stuck in my head. If you're a die-hard JT fan, you'll love every note. If you vaguely remember "Fire & Rain", you'll still find this to be an amazing work. Lots of variety, intelligent lyrics and, as always, beautiful music. Good job, JT.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Never Better

    J.T. provided wonderful memories with his distinctive guitar and mellow vocals on the old vinyls. His newest release reveals that Taylor has gotten better and better. Pull up an overstuffed chair, lean back, and enjoy serenity on a CD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I have not been a huge fan of James Taylor all of my life, but over the past few years I have really grown to love all of his work. This particular CD is rich with syncopated rythms and swooning guitars that make you want to listen over and over again. My hat is off to James Taylor and the rest of his band for putting together one of my favorite CD's of the year! Well done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of James Taylor's Best CDs

    Taylor's most recent, original piece of work is a richly acoustic, rewarding set of songs that reminds one of his earliest years yet with wiser lyrics that are wide open to the world. Sure, we have the requisite songs about dogs ("Mean Old Man") and traveling ("My Traveling Star), which are excellent, but also gentle, unforgettable love songs ("Caroline I See You" and the album's starter, "September Grass"), a song about visiting an old, dying relative in the hospital ("Baby Buffalo") and his best work regarding peace ("Belfast to Boston"). This set of songs is perfect for this stage in his long, productive career. I've listened to a lot of James Taylor - I frequently find myself back on "October Road".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    After 46 years of Marriage he heard

    Mr. Bob sat down one evening as the "October Road" CD was playing. From that moment on each and every time he hears James Taylor's voice his favorite coment: That's James Taylor, and now that Mr. Bob is retired, I am greeted many evenings to the sound of James Taylor as I walk in the door. A New fan has been created.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the absolute best!

    October Road has got to be the best JT album ever! Buy it! Its incredible and it will make your soal want to lie the green september grass or walk down october road.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderfully Enchanting

    I was thinking of James Taylor the other day and happen to get an e-mail notification about October Road. I went out the same day and purchase it. I was not disappointed. The music is light and airy. Definitely reminds me of the autumn season. It is the perfect music to play while enjoying your favorite read, or snuggling up with a love one by the fire. Mr. Taylor has done a superb piece of works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth The Wait

    Well worth the wait. Just when you think this man couldn't be more mellow, inspirational, and entertaining, he proves you wrong. A real treat for all of us dyed-in-the-wool Taylor fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD . . . then again, it's JT!

    What a pleasure it was to take this out of the case and, after listening once, listening again ... the whole day. Simply JT, but better. It focuses on his vocals and guitar. If 53 years old can be this good, I cannot wait for Taylor's next release. Matt Perry loves him and it's easy to understand why. One never grows tired of James Taylor's music or his voice. They are uncluttered and comfortable like a big, old overstuffed chair that you've had for years. This release is a ''must buy'' for new fans, a ''gotta have'' for James Taylor peers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boomers rejoice - a return to REAL music!!

    JT is back to show the kids what good music is. Today's music is junk! Where's the melody, emotions and craft? When it comes to JT, "Dad Loves His Work" indeed! He is a baby boomer and, as we all know, boomers make the best music. So kick off the sandals, put this on the stereo and get ready to lecture your kids about great music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Right On, Sweet Baby James

    Taylor effectively communicates his status as veteran singer-songwriter. A tasteful production complete with an outstanding line-up of studio talent makes for a musical and lyrical journey that doesn't grow stale with age. "October Road" won't get radio air, and the artist is likely totally comfortable with that fact. Instead, his new album is a word of encouragement to his loyal fan base. Taylor's inspiration crosses the boundaries of culture and generation, leaving American youth eager to hear new talent like Mark Melloan, not Britney Spears.

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