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Album Review

A decent set of urban contemporary tracks by a prolific composer, producer, and performer. Gary Taylor had written material for Marlena Shaw, Michael Wycoff, the Whispers, Vesta Williams, and many others, as well as doing his own A&M and Virgin albums. This release generated more noise in England than in America. He had several moderate English hits, among them "Time After Time" and "I Live 4 U." Like Taylor's other albums, there were too many styles displayed with little regard for pacing, thematic unity, or the audience. He certainly has talent, but has yet to harness it in a manner that both showcases his skills and gets him noticed.

Biography

Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Gary Taylor placed only five singles on the Billboard R&B chart from 1983 through 1991. Among serious listeners who favor nuanced and sophisticated R&B, however, he's one of the more beloved producers of quiet storm ballads and mellow grooves. The Los Angeles native wrote songs for Platypus, Executive, and Michael Wycoff before he signed with A&M. As a recording artist, he debuted as G.T. in 1983 with a self-titled album. It was the source of "On the Line," a loose boogie single that...
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