||From the Vault...
© CBS/WEA Records
Year of Release: 1987
Fire And Rain
You've Got A Friend
How Sweet Is
(To Be Loved
Carolina In My Mind
Something In The Way She Moves
Shower The People
Sweet Baby James
That's Why I'm Here
Up On The Roof
Your Smiling Face
Her Town Too
Don't Let Me Be
Only A Dream In Rio
James Taylor related sites:
Some years back, I was looking for a good "best of" collection of James Taylor's music. With all the great songs
he has, it was hard to find one with ALL the songs I was thinking of. I came across an import CD, Classic
Songs, and it had virtually every song of Taylor's that I enjoyed. (One of the songs I was looking for, was
"Her Town Too," which I couldn't find anywhere.) Oh yes, I could have dipped a few more dollars in finding
every original album of his, with the songs from Classic Songs on them -- but having a "best of" of James Taylor,
with all the memorable hits is a treat.
Of course, there are the standard classics: "Fire And Rain," "You've Got A Friend," (Taylor's only #1 hit;
imagine that!), "How Sweet It Is (To Be In Love By You")," "Your Smiling Face," "Handyman." The other rare
classics are "Mexico," a song you really don't hear enough of, "Her Town Too" (a duet with J.D. Souther),
"Up On The Roof," and Buddy Holly's "Everyday."
For the not-so-familiar tunes, "Carolina In My Mind," "Something In The Way She Moves" (not the George
Harrison tune), "Shower The People" (which I remembered while I was listening to it...), "Sweet Baby James,"
"That's Why I'm Here," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "Only A Dream In Rio" -- All great songs in their own
rights, just as the popular "classics" we're familiar with, of James Taylor's incredible music career.
As I was looking up the recent information on JT, I did notice one song missing from this collection...
"Mockingbird" by James Taylor & Carly Simon.) Maybe because this song was not released on Classic Songs
was that this duet was originally from the Carly Simon album Hotcakes, likewise on The Best Of Carly Simion.
This song could have easily been included on Classic Songs. After all, the duet with J.D. Souther, "Her Town
Too" is here, why not "Mockingbird" ?
Now as I listen to these great classics, I'm curious about James Taylor's original albums, from where these
songs were from, and even his most recent releases. No doubt, James Taylor has great material, whether they be the
songs on Classic Songs and more. The critics received high reviews of his album Sweet Baby James, and
for any die-hard JT fan, they were recommend each and every one of them.
All of his albums are available on CD:
|James Taylor (1968)
||"Something In The Way She Moves"
"Carolina In My Mind"
|Sweet Baby James (1970)
||"Sweet Baby James"
"Fire And Rain"
|Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon (1971)
||"You've Got A Friend"
|One Man Dog (1972)
||"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
|Walking Man (1974)
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
|In The Pocket (1976)
||"Shower The People"
||"Your Smiling Face"|
||"Up On The Roof"
|Dad Loves His Work (1981)
||"Her Town Too"
|That's Why I'm Here (1985)
||"That's Why I'm Here"
"Only A Dream In Rio"
Classic Songs is a "classic" assortment of James Taylor's most popular songs, most specific from his popular
years from the Seventies and mid-Eighties. Their all packed in this 16-song collection. This is a great collection to
introduce those who have never heard of James Taylor. (Who hasn't?) JT still records albums. Since 1985, he has released
five studio albums. His latest is a live album with Carole King - Live At The Troubadour. His most recent studio
album was released in 2008, Covers, an album of cover tunes.
UPDATE: James Taylor's 2015 release, Before This World, has become his first career #1 album,
on Billboard's Hot 200 Albums chart.
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