Sweet Baby James

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The heart of James Taylor's appeal is that you can take him two ways. On the one hand, his music, including that warm voice, is soothing; its minor key melodies and restrained playing draw in the listener. On the other hand, his world view, especially on such songs as "Fire and Rain," reflects the pessimism and desperation of the 1960s hangover that was the early '70s. That may not be intentional: "Fire and Rain" was about the suicide of a fellow inmate of Taylor's at a mental institution, not the national malaise. But Taylor's sense of wounded hopelessness -- "I'm all in pieces, you can have your own choice," he sings in "Country Road" -- struck a chord with music ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The heart of James Taylor's appeal is that you can take him two ways. On the one hand, his music, including that warm voice, is soothing; its minor key melodies and restrained playing draw in the listener. On the other hand, his world view, especially on such songs as "Fire and Rain," reflects the pessimism and desperation of the 1960s hangover that was the early '70s. That may not be intentional: "Fire and Rain" was about the suicide of a fellow inmate of Taylor's at a mental institution, not the national malaise. But Taylor's sense of wounded hopelessness -- "I'm all in pieces, you can have your own choice," he sings in "Country Road" -- struck a chord with music fans, especially because of its attractive mixture of folk, country, gospel, and blues elements, all of them carefully understated and distanced. Taylor didn't break your heart; he understood that it was already broken, as was his own, and he offered comfort. As a result, Sweet Baby James sold millions of copies, spawned a Top Ten hit in "Fire and Rain" and a Top 40 hit in "Country Road," and launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others. A second legacy became clear two decades later, when country stars like Garth Brooks began to cite Taylor, with his use of steel guitar, references to Jesus, and rural and Western imagery on Sweet Baby James, as a major influence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992718325
  • Catalog Number: 1843
  • Sales rank: 6,690

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Baby James (2:48)
  2. 2 Lo And Behold (2:34)
  3. 3 Sunny Skies (2:15)
  4. 4 Steamroller (2:55)
  5. 5 Country Road (3:21)
  6. 6 Oh, Susannah (1:58)
  7. 7 Fire And Rain (3:20)
  8. 8 Blossom (2:10)
  9. 9 Anywhere Like Heaven (3:23)
  10. 10 Oh Baby, Don't You Loose Your Lip On Me (1:45)
  11. 11 Suite For 20 G (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Carole King Piano, Vocals
Randy Meisner Bass
Chris Darrow Fiddle, Violin
Red Rhodes Steel Guitar
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Russ Kunkel Drums
John London Bass
Jack Bielan Brass
Bobby West Bass
Bob West Bass
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Composer
James Taylor Composer
Peter Asher Producer, Audio Production
Bill Lazerus Engineer
Jack Bielan Arranger, Brass Arrangment
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    I love james taylor! :-)

    I love all of james taylors songs. I went to sleep with Sweet Baby James as a baby and even now. He is amazing!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST FIRST MUSIC THAT HAD A SOUL

    I WAS 12 WHEN MY FRIENDS PLAYED THIS FOR ME. I CRIED. AS A NEW-COMER TO A NEIGBOURHOOD,SCHOOL AND LEAVING ALL I KNEW AND LOVED BEHIND,JAMES TAYLOR EXPRESSED MY ANGST.HOW DID THIS PERSON LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY FROM ME,KNOW? SO,FOLLOWING HIS METORIC RISE SINCE, HE GETS BETTER AND BETTER. LIKE A LOVELY SOUL THAT FINALLY GROWS INTO THEIR OWN.FINALLY,MAYBE A SPOT OF REAL HAPPINESS AND OCCASIONALLY DELVING INTO PAST,PAINFUL LIFE EXPERIENCES AS WELL AS OTHERS AND STILL BRINGS THOSE TEARS FROM A YOUNG GIRL NOW MORE WORLDLY,OLDER AND MAYBE WISER. THANKS FOR MY "EMOTIONAL EDUCATION" AS RICHARD CURTIS SAID ABOUT JONI MITCHELL,AND OTHER WOMEN OF THIS GENRE.(WHICH JAMES TAYLOR WAS AN ORIGINAL PROFESSOR UNAFRAID TO BARE HIS TORTURED SOUL.)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Fire and Rain

    This is a great album which has the mega-hit "Fire and Rain". One you ought to have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    James, I Don't Know How You Do It, But You Get Me Every Time

    The song- "Sweet Baby James" somewhat reminds me of my Dad. Cowboys, beer, canyons, I love it all. These songs are passionatly beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bravo James Taylor!

    I LOVE this album. MY dad and I (I am fourteen)bought this for my mom for Christmas. I LOVE IT! I have taken it from her numerous times, and listened to it on my own. I also had the chance to go to a J.T. concert and loved it. I highly recomend this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SWEET J.T.!!!!

    THIS IS ONE OF THOSE ALBUMS THAT SUBMERGE YOU INTO PURE RELAXATION. THE ENSEMBLE OF SONGS ARE PURE, CLEAN, AND POINGENT. J.T. CREATED A BONOFIED CLASSIC HERE.

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