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  • Audio CD (Nov. 15 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000002BSX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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1. Line 'Em Up
2. Enough To Be On Your Way
3. Little More Time With You
4. Gaia
5. Ananas
6. Jump Up Behind Me
7. Another Day
8. Up Er Mei
9. Up From Your Life
10. Yellow And Rose
11. Boatman
12. Walking My Baby Back Home
13. Bonus Track

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The merchant of mellow's first studio album since New Moon Shine (1991), and you've gotta have a heart of naugahyde not to be touched by the simplicity and uncommon wisdom of these dozen tunes. "Little More Time with You" is a trademark Taylor single augmented by a Stevie Wonder harmonica line, "Ananas" is sly and lusty, while the expertly crafted "Line 'Em Up" features a fond recollection of Richard Nixon's "shifty little eyes." A-list guests like Sting, Shawn Colvin, Branford Marsalis, and Randy Brecker add to the charm. --Jeff Bateman

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Hourglass is the latest offering from James Taylor, although he is rumored to have a new CD entitled "October Roads" due out soon. This is by far one the best of his albums in recent memory, with a number of classic new songs. This is an especially terrific album given the fact that he has been around so long, and such an endless resume of previous accomplishments. Yet Taylor continues to amaze and amuse us with his personal growth and his incredible gifts for observation and songwriting. After all these thirty some years, he still is a master of his craft.
The first song up is a wryly amusing yet poignant song called "Line 'Em Up", with references, among other things, to Dick Nixon and his arrogant presentations to the common folk and to the self-absorbed way he exited the White House stage. Next is a lovely albeit sad song called "Enough To Be On Your Way" intended to be a tribute to his brother Alex, dead too soon from an self-abusive and ultimately self-destructive lifestyle. This song is a very thoughtful and searching exploration into the realms of love and loss, and is also a loving portrait of a person (Taylor turned his brother into a female character for dramatic purpose in the song) whose path was always drawn like a moth to the flame.
It also includes his very popular "Little More Time With You", and a number of other interesting and stylistically diverse songs. His interest in the whole earth mother realm in "Gaia" is especially well written, as is "Another Day". This is an album you will play and replay, and it wears well with time. Of course, my favorite here is "Enough To Be On Your Way", which, with some of the songs from his last several albums, is sure to be included on the "James Taylor Great Hits, Volume Three" we can hope will be on the horizon in a year or so. Meanwhile, though, enjoy this one.
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James Taylor's album Hourglass has some of the most varied sounds and styles on it. Granted his "Mean Old Man" is quite a masterpiece (as are many of the other tunes on October Road), Hourglass contains more variety (IMHO), such as the etherial "Gaia" or the yearning "Another Day," as well as some French ("Ananas"), a song for his late brother Alex ("Enough To Be On Your Way"), and a cover of Liv Taylor's "Boatman." His rendition of "Walking My Baby Back Home," an old standard, is done with class. There is even a few quirky pieces, like "Yellow and Rose" and "Jump Up Behind Me." So many of these tunes have such character (as well as the fact many are varied in keys - October Road has a lot in E and B). Both are equally well made, but Hourglass lets things flow (for example, on October Road, the sizzle cymbal(s) hush(es) prematurely - it would seem more natural ringing longer). October Road also has strings ("Mean Old Man" would have been all needed) or similar drum patterns on way too many tunes. I will say that October Road also has some very exquistite design (the cover, the booklet, etc.). Get both and compare like I did! Enjoy!
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Honest! I did count thirteen cuts on this with no mention anywhere of the thirteenth one.
Just to say that this is a great album doesn't seem to quite cut it. This is a living legend, the performer who led a whole genre of music originating in the 70's. This is a singer who exemplifies the mood of the 70's and as the years go by, gives us fresh perspectives of that period. And now in Hourglass, at the turn of a new century, he looks back and shares memories. As always, he surprises us with his manner of expression. He communicates his feelings at a companion's funeral, at the changes from the Nixon 70's to the present space age, at today's relationships.
There is lots of extra, unexpected talent here from his guests. Yo-Yo Ma on the cello, Stevie Wonder on the harmonica, Branford Marsalis on the Soprano Sax, Sting and Shawn Colvin on vocals.
Standouts include "Little More Time With You", "Jump Up Behind Me", the classic "Walking My Baby Back Home"...and yet what on this set is not a standout?
Okay, as usual, this is for James Taylor fans, and indeed the number of those is ever increasing. If you're familiar with James Taylor's music, don't pass this up. And if you're not, well, give it a try.
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JT has never sold out like alot of other Artist.His music is still on his own terms,and everyone of his records are hits."Hourglass" has got to be one of his best.Every song has a different story.Usually you play a CD,and 10 of the 14 cuts are love songs.The tape starts out with the line,"I remember Richard Nixon back in 74,tiny tear in his shifty little eye,he said,noboby understands."How can you not stop wondering what else is on this record?There are so many wonderfull numbers, I could write about every one of them.My favorites,the beutifull ballad,"Gaia," really gets to my heart,"Ananas," with Michael Brecker on Tenor Sax,would have been a nice top40 hit,and the song I love the most,"Up from you life."When you get to the last number,the 1930 classic,"Walking my baby back home," that James sings like it was written today,(My Mom use to sing this song all the time)you think its the last song from the CD.If you wait about 40 seconds,another song,not listed comes on.I have no idea what its called,but its so funny.It sounds like RawHide,with wips and cowgirls singing background.This has got to be JT's greatest album,and I can't wait for his next one.
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