I am not a fan of compilations. However, I am a fan of James Taylor, so when I came across this on vinyl for ... I couldn't resist. Upon listening, I found it to be the perfect album for me, someone who really likes many of Taylor's songs and loves his voice, but is not an absolute, diehard fan. This CD has a perfect assortment of all the major songs, my favorites being "Carolina in my Mind," "Fire and Rain," "Sweet Baby James," "Mexico," and "Shower the People." They're beautifully simple and melodic, made great by Taylor's understatedly stunning voice.
But let me get to the point. I know there are lots of absolute, positively reverential JT fans out there, and I am not quite among your ranks. (Though I respect you.)THE POINT? IF YOU ARE AMONG THOSE MEGA-FANS, DON'T BUY THIS. Phew, got that out there. Those people would do better to get all of JT's individual ones. It is, as the title suggests, ONLY his greatest hits.
All in all, I love this album as a nice survey of Taylor's most popular songs. For people like me, it is the perfect representaion of James Taylor in their record collections. However, decide for yourself if you really want this condensed version.