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Greatest Hits [Best of]

James Taylor Audio CD
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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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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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James Taylor ~ Greatest Hits

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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars JT 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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4.0 out of 5 stars This is for someone who wants the hits March 9 2003
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Casual Fan Jan. 1 2003
By Emily
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits James Taylor
Comme toujours l'expérience d'achat via Amazone est parfaite. La seule chose dans ce cas ci j'ai reçu ma livraison une journée plus tard que le marchand avait... Read more
Published on May 3 2011 by shakysue
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Remastered
I bought this CD since it had 2 songs I wanted not on last year's Best Of (the 1976 version of Something in the Way She Moves and the album version of Country Roads). Read more
Published on July 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST MUST MUST HAVE
Wherever I take my backpack, which is pretty much everwhere, I take this cd in my cd holder, along with my Peter Paul and Mary "Around the Campfire" cd, Zachary Provost,... Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Josh Groban Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly essential
I can't imagine a music lover who could resist to stay without this record in his/her collection for too long. This is what I called an "essential album". Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Jazzcat
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO DOESN'T LIKE JAMES TAYLOR?
Published on March 1 2004 by "hedwigschmidt"
4.0 out of 5 stars How sweet it is.
I imagine this is one of the best selling collections in history. I mean, who doesn't like this guy? Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by H3@+h
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent package of songs from JT's early career.
This album contains so many low key yet fascinating songs. The lyrics are great. The guitar playing is incomparable. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by bonfamily
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a "Contains Vulgar Lyrics Warning"
I agree with Needs a PG 13 rating or a warning label ........, June 17, 2003.
I am a lifelong fan of JT , but was disappointed in Steamroller, the rest of the album is great. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a PG 13 rating or a warning label ........
I have enjoyed James Taylor's songs and music style for many years and was excited to finally purchase some of his music. Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Deborah L. Woodstuff
5.0 out of 5 stars A better composer than singer
These compositions are excellent, even if you may have a problem with Taylor's nasal whine of a voice. Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by Pieter Uys
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