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Greatest Hits Best of

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  • Audio CD (June 9 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KHY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
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1. Something In The Way She Moves
2. Carolina In My Mind
3. Fire And Rain
4. Sweet Baby James
5. Country Road
6. You've Got A Friend
7. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
8. Walking Man
9. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
10. Mexico
11. Shower the People
12. Steamroller

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Out-of-print in the US. The original and still the best James Taylor compilation, filled with wonderful musical memories of a singer/songwriter at his prime and doing what he does best (which is singing and songwriting if you didn't already know). Perhaps one of the most distinctive voices of his generation, Taylor released some of the finest singles during his '70s heyday and all the best ones are here: 'Fire And Rain', 'You've Got A Friend', 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight', 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)' and many more. Whether you heard him on AM or FM radio, he always sounded great and he remains one of the truly gifted interpreters of song. Warner.


James Taylor's mid-'70s departure from Warner Bros. may be one of the best things that ever happened to the label; otherwise, it might not have been in such a rush to compile his Greatest Hits, one of the company's biggest sellers ever at 11 million and counting. Taylor's style, which all but defines the word diffident, has more backbone than it's often given credit for. Here, as surprisingly complex songs like "Carolina in My Mind" (in a newly recorded version) and "Steamroller" stack up, he sounds like an artist worth spending some time with. At the least, few of his singer-songwriter cohorts came up with a melody as lovely as "Sweet Baby James." --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
As a North Carolina Tarheel, I feel a special affinity for James Taylor and his music. When my entire freshman class in Chapel Hill was assembled on my first day of college, the program opened with a rendition of Carolina in My Mind. It's a great song, no matter where you live or what college you support, but I always feel a little special tingle every time I hear that song. Of course, this is just one of many great songs James Taylor has given us over the years, and 12 of his all-time best are collected here on this stand-out Greatest Hits collection. Some songs should be widely familiar by name: the classic Fire and Rain, Taylor's cover of How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), and of course the moving, inspirational, and timeless You've Got a Friend. The other songs were ones I was not as familiar with, yet it only took one hearing to make them all feel like old favorites if not old friends. Steamroller, I should mention, is an unusually forceful live recording that does contain one rather unexpected swear word in the moment of its highest energy, but in this day and age that one familiar word injected into such an amazing performance is, in my opinion, of very little import.
Something in the Way She Moves, Country Road, Walking Man, Mexico, and the somewhat sappy Shower the People are all wonderful songs sung in that unique manner and style of this most distinctive of singers. Taylor's voice sort of washes over you, instantly putting your mind and soul in a more peaceful state; his voice is in fact almost hypnotic, in my opinion. No matter how bad a day you may be having, I do not think it is possible to listen to James Taylor and then walk away in a bad mood.
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By A Customer on May 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
James Taylor was and is one of the greatest singers in rock. He also ranks amongst the top songwriters. Fire and Rain is considered his best but after listening to the whole album you'll find some songs better than it.
Something in the Way She Moves- This is a great love song.
Carolina in My Mind- A song in which JT is yearning for home a great song maybe his best.
Fire and Rain- As I said, not his best although it is a beautifully written song.
Sweet Baby James- This is very catchy and it is hard not to love.
Country Road- Probably the best on this CD.
You've Got a Friend- This is not an original. It is by Carole King, but his arrangment makes it his own.
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight- Probably the worst on here but still great.
Walking Man- Wonderful story song
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)- How can you resist the smooth harmony vocals.
Mexico- Pretty good.
Shower the People- 4th best
Steamroller- This live version is better than the original.
Anyone who says JT's music is boring must not have ears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Format: Audio CD
I have recently purchased this on CD. I had "Sweet baby James, years ago when I was in High School. I enjoy the accoustic side of James Taylor and lose interest when he has bands and orchestras behnd him. I enjoy accoustic music such as Jame Taylor, Simmon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and others.
When I listen to this CD I find myself listening to the accoustic songs. I play the guitar and have learned several of these songs.
The first track "Something in the way she moves" to me should not be on the Cd, in my mind it is not a hit.
"Carolina on my mind" is one of my favorite songs by Taylor.
It is followed by the classic "Fire and Rain" which to me is his best song of all time.
Sweet baby James is next and another classic song, again accoustic.
"Country road"and the Carol King classic "You've got a Friend follow as well.
Fromn track 7 which is "Dont let me be lonely tonight I lose interest as he has a band behind him. The hit, "How sweet it is to be loved by you" is on here as well.
I have purchsed the CD for the 5 classics I really enjoy.
Any fan of American folk music or accoustic music should have this CD in their collection.
James Taylor has a very nice, pure voice and his music is very soothing, and simple, which to me is his charm. His guitar playing is better than most accoustic musicians as well. Relax and Enjoy
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Format: Audio CD
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.
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