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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Once you make it past the sappy opening "Best of Friends" that overloads syrupy Disney-styled strings, after-school-special lyrics, and a guest duet from Carly Simon, all of which make it sound like a Sesame Street outtake, Livingston Taylor's first studio album of new material in nine years finds its footing. The song does set the tone of this disc, though, finding the younger Taylor in a particularly upbeat, love-the-world mood. The following tune, "There I'll Be," unites Taylor siblings James and Kate for the first time on one of Livingston's best tunes. A lovely mid-tempo ballad with a lilting melody and a snappy electric guitar fill from Vince Gill, it is a capsule of...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Once you make it past the sappy opening "Best of Friends" that overloads syrupy Disney-styled strings, after-school-special lyrics, and a guest duet from Carly Simon, all of which make it sound like a Sesame Street outtake, Livingston Taylor's first studio album of new material in nine years finds its footing. The song does set the tone of this disc, though, finding the younger Taylor in a particularly upbeat, love-the-world mood. The following tune, "There I'll Be," unites Taylor siblings James and Kate for the first time on one of Livingston's best tunes. A lovely mid-tempo ballad with a lilting melody and a snappy electric guitar fill from Vince Gill, it is a capsule of everything Livingston does well when the parts fit. There is still no mistaking the similarity to older brother James, at least vocally, but these songs shade more to classic pop, gospel, and jazz. The extended wait between albums has paid off in the immaculate production devoted to each song. A crack band including pros such as drummer Steve Gadd, keyboardist Matt Rollings, saxist David Sanborn, and bass player Leland Sklar meticulously brings each tune to life, although the disc's slick production and pristine recording sometimes undermines the singer's rootsier influences. Andraé Crouch conducts a gospel choir on the spiritual "Step by Step" and the a cappela vocals of Take 6 help bring the religion on "Tell Jesus To Come to My House." Liv shifts into a jazz mood on "Tuesday's Lullaby," helped enormously by vibe master Gary Burton. All told, it's a delightful outing, a little on the cutesy, some might say cheesy, side with tracks such as the playful "Blame It on Me" and the good-natured Lyle Lovett-styled jazz-folk "Boss of Me." But that's Livingston's personality and world view and he genuinely sounds like he's enjoying himself on this upbeat, generally smile-inducing collection. Bouncy, bubbly, sometimes whimsical, but never pretentious, the album finds an established yet often overlooked veteran comfortable with his life and his art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Chesky Records
  • UPC: 090368030726
  • Catalog Number: 307
  • Sales rank: 120,073

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Livingston Taylor Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Pam Tillis Background Vocals
Carly Simon Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone
Matt Rollings Piano, Hammond Organ
David Sanborn Saxophone
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Kate Taylor Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Andraé Crouch Choir Conductor
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Chad Cromwell Drums
Shane Keister Piano, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Piano Strings
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Vince Gill Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
George Marinelli Electric Guitar
Sheldon Mirowitz Conductor
Chris Rodriguez Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar
Tommy Sims Bass
Glenn Worf Bass, Upright Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Anthony Kadleck Trumpet
Danny Torroll Electric Guitar
Gary Corbett Glockenspiel, Hammond Organ
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Marabeth Jordon Background Vocals
Jerry Vivino Tenor Saxophone
Kimberly Mont Background Vocals
Tim Davis Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Livingston Taylor Composer
Andraé Crouch Choir Arrangement
Steve Bishir Engineer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Juliet Haffner String Contractor
John Jaszcz Engineer
Mark Kibble Engineer
George Massenburg Mastering
Sheldon Mirowitz Arranger, Engineer, String Arrangements
Glenn Rosenstein Producer, Engineer
Jimmy Vivino Horn Arrangements
Dan Beach Web Design
Allen Ditto Engineer
Fred Paragano Digital Editing
Kristen Smith Engineer
Jim Parr Engineer
Dean Sharenow Engineer
Brian Montgomery Pro-Tools
Bart "The Original Black Bart" Henderson Cover Photo, Tray Photo
Tim Davis Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Suburb songwriting

    Livingston Taylor's new CD is fantastic, putting one in an upbeat mood. "Best of Friends" may be sappy to some, but what's wrong with sweet sentiment? It's amazing to find one song after another of excellent quality and playable time and time again. Also loved "My Baby Don't Mind" and "Wish I Were A Cowboy". Thank heavens for musicians who can play, write and sing!

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