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James’s Taylor’s 11th album was actually named Dad Loves His Work as a reply to an ultimatum from Taylor’s then wife, Carly Simon, who demanded he stop the relentless touring and recording to spend more time with his family. While the opening tune “Hard Times” sounds airy and optimistic, the lyrics reveal a relationship reaching its irreparable end. Similarly, “Her Town Too” (a collaboration/duet with J.D. Souther) contrasts a light and breezy melody with the sad details of their failed marriage as Taylor sings, “Well people got used to seeing them both together/ But now he’s gone and life goes on/ Nothing lasts forever/ She gets the house and the garden.” Taylor picked up the pace with “Stand and Fight” a tune that put a little bit of rock back in his folk-rock with some accompanying gospel-tinged backing vocals. “Summer’s Here” is another standout as it muses on the simple things about Californians’ favorite season, grooving on a free and easy vibe with a feel-good mix of Rhodes jazz piano and Hammond organ playing under a smile-inducing harmonica solo.

Customer Reviews

Bad times make good music.

One for the ages. This album, which chronicles the dissolution of James Taylor's marriage to Carly Simon, proves the adage that in the hands of a great artist, suffering is the raw material of great art. These moving original songs combine deep feeling with consummate musicianship. Taylor's ability to distill universal insights from his individual experiences elevate this work to the top of his impressive catalog, along with his breakout Sweet Baby James album and the 1997 release Hourglass. Mostly in the folk-rock idiom he continues to own, the collection also includes the hard rocking political statement "Stand and Fight" and the a capella tour de force "That Lonesome Road." Get the whole album; without being a "theme" record, the songs work together to build a coherent whole that is even more than the sum of its impressive individual parts. Dad Loves His Work - you will too.

82 at the Savoy in NYC

I was a bar back and JT played several nights. Everyone came to see that show. He did about every song off this album. The tips were great, the mood fine. Heady times for me. I lived across from the savoy (hudson theater) on 44th street, Bonds and The Peppermint Lounge were on the same block and it was summer. Brings back memories but even if you have never heard it very good stuff here.


Born: March 12, 1948 in Belmont, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When people use the term "singer/songwriter" (often modified by the word "sensitive") in praise or in criticism, they're thinking of James Taylor. In the early '70s, when he appeared with his introspective songs, acoustic guitar, and calm, understated singing style, he mirrored a generation's emotional exhaustion after tumultuous times. Just as Bing Crosby's reassuring voice brought the country out of the Depression and through World War II, Taylor's eased the transition from '60s activism and its...
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