- Audio CD (June 9 1988)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Best of
- Label: Warner Bros
- ASIN: B000002KHY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
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|1. Something In The Way She Moves|
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|4. Sweet Baby James|
|5. Country Road|
|6. You've Got A Friend|
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|8. Walking Man|
|9. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)|
|11. Shower the People|
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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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
The somber tone of "Fire and Rain" didn't stop it from becoming one of Taylor's biggest hits, and the song still aches with a gorgeously-sung longing that is impossible to resist. "Something in the Way She Moves" and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" are among Taylor's best romantic ballads, and his reading of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" (featuring backing vocals by Joni Mitchell) remains the definitive version of the song. "Carolina in My Mind," "Sweet Baby James," and "Walking Man" are all beautiful acoustic ballads with a sweet hint of country, but Taylor proves adept at lightening up too, on the touching "Shower the People" and a joyous reading of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved By You)," both featuring vocals by Taylor's then-wife, Carly Simon.
Without so much as one lackluster composition or performance in tow, this hits package plays like an old friend you're always happy to visit. 11 million people can't be wrong.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That said, this is truly a CD to own, especially if you don't have more than one of his early albums. A third of the album does come from "Sweet Baby James", supporting the feeling that this was one of his best original albums. But you have more here. You have two of his performances of "other people's" songs: Carole King's "You've Got A Friend", and Holland, Dozier, Holland's "How Sweet It Is". Also, he get's notable help such as Joni Mitchell on "You've Got A Friend", Carly Simon on "How Sweet It Is", Graham Nash and David Crosby on "Mexico".
James Taylor's trademarks are his subtle delivery and his self-revealing lyrics. Both qualities shine forth on these hits from his 70-76 period. And now there's a companion record to include his later accomplishments. This is a shorty for a "Best of" collection, by today's standards. But the quality much more than makes up for any lack of quantity. There's no teaser of new material such as is invariably tacked on today's greatest hit packages, and to me, that's a plus.
There are those who aren't in tune with the smooth, personal touch in Taylor's presentations. Some might find it bland, even syrupy. But for those who listen with the heart as well as the ears, this is a rewarding addition to your personal collection.