A lot was riding on this album, James Taylor's followup to his two big hits, Sweet Baby James and Mud Slide Slim and The Blue Horizon, which was released 21 months after the latter, a long time between records in those days. And what a letdown. One Man Dog contained 18 tracks, some of them instrumentals, many of them running less than two minutes. A lot of it was sketchy and seemingly unfinished, and none of it had the impact of the best songs on the last two albums. One Man Dog spawned a Top 20 hit in "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," and it made the Top 10 and went gold itself largely on the momentum of Taylor's career. But it disappointed fans, and in the 19 months it took him to record another album, Taylor was bypassed by the singer-songwriter movement, becoming more of an easy listening covers artist (his next hits were remakes of "Mockingbird" and "How Sweet It Is").
Performance CreditsJames Taylor Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Hartford Banjo,Fiddle,Violin
Carole King Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Vocals,Background Vocals
Carly Simon Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John McLaughlin Acoustic Guitar
Red Rhodes Steel Guitar
Alex Taylor Vocals,Background Vocals
Kate Taylor Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobbye Hall Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Tambourine,Bells,Shaker
Peter Asher Vocals,Guiro
Art Baron Trombone
George Bohannon Trombone
Randy Brecker Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Tenor Saxophone,Piccolo Trumpet
Dash Crofts Mandolin
Craig Doerge Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Abigale Haness Vocals,Background Vocals
Danny Kortchmar Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Timbales
Russ Kunkel Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Cabasa
Barry Rogers Trombone
Hugh Taylor Vocals,Background Vocals
Art Baran Bass Trombone
Mark Paletier Saw
Leland Sklar Bass,Guitar,Guitarron
Ms. Bobbye Hall Conga,Tambourine
Technical CreditsRobert Appere Engineer
Peter Asher Producer,Engineer
Russ Kunkel Contributor
Phil Ramone Engineer
Mark Paletier Sound Effects
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One Man Dog based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This Record is one of my all time favorites - a true Masterpiece! If you don't like James Taylor's Older stuff, then you should just buy stuff from the nineties when all the Mescaline he was doing back then finally caught up to him. This is the true, raw artform right here, brothers and sisters; recorded in a cabin out in the woods in between fishing, grilling, smokin' and drinkin'. Beautiful!
One gathering a collection of the best albums of Rock history could be forgiven for not including this album, but then they would be missing out on a true treasure. I have tried to come up with an explanation for the love many of us have for this album but I just have not been able to do an adequate job of it. The truth is that, for whatever reason, this album somehow fits into the feel of Sweet Baby and Mud Slide even if it is less complete that those previous works. Those of us who lived at the time, and were buying these LPs when they came out, cant consider having those previous two without having this one as well. I have no idea if that feel would be understood by a younger collector, but for us old timers, this is one we just have to hear once in a while.
Why the critics savaged this album...my own theory is that J. Taylor was so hot at the time, that it was time, the music critics thought, to bring him down a peg. What a lovely, lovely album. It ages beautifully, hauntingly melodic, just gorgeous. If you like anything this guys ever done, try this record! And all you music critics, now that he's not all hot and gorgeous anymore, and your not jealous now that hes over 50 and bald, listen again! It is a Classic!