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The Best of James Taylor Best of
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|1. Something In The Way She Moves|
|2. Sweet Baby James|
|3. Fire And Rain|
|4. Country Road|
|5. You've Got A Friend|
|6. You Can Close Your Eyes|
|7. Long Ago And Far Away|
|8. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight|
|9. Walking Man|
|10. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)|
|12. Shower The People|
|13. Golden Moments|
|14. Steamroller (Live)|
|15. Carolina In My Mind|
|17. Your Smiling Face|
|18. Up On The Roof|
|19. Only A Dream In Rio|
JT's work for Apple, Warner Bros. and Columbia/Sony in one place! Includes Fire and Rain; You've Got a Friend; How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You); Handy Man; Shower the People; Your Smiling Face; Carolina in My Mind; Sweet Baby James; Long Ago and Far Away; Country Road; Something in the Way She Moves; Mexico; Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight; Steamroller; Rainy Day Man; You Can Close Your Eyes; Walking Man; Golden Moments; Up on the Roof , and Only a Dream in Rio .
Any good singer can interpret a song, but it takes a stylist to make it his own. James Taylor is a stylist. This 20-track anthology obviously can't chronicle much more than the hits and high points of Taylor's career, but it nonetheless captures the artistic essence of a performer who's become a virtual synonym for "singer-songwriter" since his emergence in the late '60s. A lot of ink has been spilled ruminating about Taylor's role in soothing a '60s-burned generation, but given his own well-known demons (depression, addiction) his gentle voice often sounds like the physician wisely healing himself. His muse seems fully formed from the opening "Something in the Way She Moves," a track cut for the Beatles' Apple label in late 68 (and one that seems to share some symbiotic relationship with George Harrison's own classic "Something" from the period), its tone at once familiar and inviting--if ripe for a few decades of parody--as it wends its way from his seminal early '70s hits through a slate of later originals, R&B ("How Sweet It Is," "Handy Man") and pop ("Up On the Roof") covers. Tellingly, he delivers those chestnuts with an offhand confidence and illumination that makes them his own, a sense that informs even his jazz and Brazilian ("Only a Dream a Rio") flirtations. The set's newly recorded bonus cut, John Sheldon's "Bittersweet," is a pleasant pop confection that showcases Taylor's knack for being laconic and upbeat in the same breath. --Jerry McCulley
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This is a fantastic collection of his greatest hits garnered from both of his greatest hits collections, and so represents some twenty gems on an incredible collection of wonderful selections, and is therefore a terrific summary of that work. Many of my favorites are here, including "Something In The Way She Moves", "Carolina In My Mind", and "You Can Close Your Eyes". Of course, so is "Fire And Rain", "You've Got A Friend", "Steamroller Blues", and "Country Road", all now Taylor standards. My all time favorite song from this album is "Sweet Baby James", which is sung about the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts where I grew up, so I have always considered this a special song, with its evocation of a snow-driven drive along the turnpike just as winter's first snow hits the Berkshires.Read more ›
Unfortunately, this was about the time that Ol' JT switched record labels (Columbia to WEA) and so it was not possible to get a Greatest Hits package that actually contained all his greatest hits.
It still isn't. Not quite. Missing in action are his duets with his ex, Carly Simon (Mockingbird & Devoted To You), his duet with JD Souther (Her Town Too), What A Wonderful World (recorded with Art Garfunkel & Paul Simon) and the lovely remake of Buddy Holly's "Everyday". Or anything he's recorded during, say, Britney Spears' lifetime.
But what is here more than makes up for what's missing. Classic gentle songs, that warm you like brandy on a winter's night. And like brandy, age does not harm the contents.
At this year's Grammies, James was part of a singer-songwriter performance. Alongside "young whipper-snappers" like John Mayer and Vanessa Carleton, JT performed the 30-year old "Sweet Baby James", a track than never even sniffed at the charts.
One has to question whether Mayer or Carleton will be able to strike similar memory chords in 2038.
Also, "Something In The Way She Moves" is the early version from JT's first Apple CD. The re-recorded version from the first "Greatest Hits" CD is the one I think should have been included here. The Apple CD already has this version. "Carolina In My Mind" is the newer version here, as was the first "Greatest Hits" CD. A sticker with this info on the CD cover would have been nice.
I purchased this CD at a local chain store & they would only let me trade for JT's first "Greatest Hits" CD (w/ the un-edited version of "Steamroller Blues"). This new CD was defective as far as I was conderned. (Lost a few bucks there, thank you very much!) Since I already had JT's first "Greatest Hits" CD, I gave this one to a friend.
Not counting the labels bad edit & lack of info on the outside of this CD, I do admit they did a great job with the re-mastering. Also, this new version does include a bonus track that is exclusive to this new "Best of JT" CD.
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Sing along with classic James Taylor. A wonderful collection of tunes we loved and that became etched in our psyche as young professionals. A great artist and troubadour. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ken
I bought this one to make up for some of the missing tracks on JT's "Greatest Hits Vol 2" album that I own. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M Habib
Why didn't I buy this sooner? Lovely to hear these old tunes again nice easy listening sing along songs :)Published 22 months ago by cathy bellefleur
I have many of James cd's and albums This is a wonderful collection. It's been in my car since I received it.Published 23 months ago by Louella
IT IS A GREAT NOSTALGIC ALBUM OF SEVENTIES FOLK MUSIC. THE GUITAR AND VOCALS ARE SOFT AND BEAUTIFUL AND SENSITIVE GREAT!!!!!Published on Aug. 29 2013 by judy maher
Growing up in the 60s, James Taylor was a big part of my life. The man was not only a fantastic singer...but a terrific songwriter.Published on April 24 2013 by peter westerman
I am not a knowledgeable fan of JT. So I decided to plunge and give it a try. What better than a compilation? A the end I will remain not a fan. Read morePublished on March 20 2013 by Claude