Walking Man

Walking Man

by James Taylor
     
 

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One Man Dog drastically lowered expectations for a new James Taylor album, and those expectations were almost met by Walking Man, a more considered effort than its predecessor that managed to be just as trivial but even less interesting. As a result, it became the worst-selling album of Taylor's career. Somehow, a songwriter who had seemed in 1970 to

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One Man Dog drastically lowered expectations for a new James Taylor album, and those expectations were almost met by Walking Man, a more considered effort than its predecessor that managed to be just as trivial but even less interesting. As a result, it became the worst-selling album of Taylor's career. Somehow, a songwriter who had seemed in 1970 to have as precise an idea of the national mood as Bob Dylan had had in 1965 now seemed to be a man without a country. Earlier in the year, Taylor had hit the Top 5 with a cover of "Mockingbird" sung with his wife, Carly Simon, but this record lacked even the charming inconsequentiality of that performance, something Taylor would regain and live off of in later years. Instead, Walking Man, which began with Taylor asking, "Who is this walking man?" and ended with him commenting, "It's really not so bad to be fading away," sounded like the statement of a songwriter who either had nothing to say or didn't know how to say it.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992728522
catalogNumber:
2794

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Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul McCartney   Bass,Background Vocals
Carly Simon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Don Grolnick   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
George Young   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Kenny Ascher   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Peter Asher   Background Vocals
Kenny Berger   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
George Marge   Oboe
Rick Marotta   Drums,Background Vocals
Linda McCartney   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar
Andy Muson   Bass
Gene Orloff   Strings,Concert Master
Barry Rogers   Trombone
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Ralph Schuckett   Keyboards,Clavinet
David Spinozza   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Gordon   Horn,French Horn
Ralph McDonald   Percussion

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Contributor
Carly Simon   Contributor
James Taylor   Arranger,Composer
Harry Maslin   Engineer
Linda McCartney   Contributor
David Spinozza   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production

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