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Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

James Taylor

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James Taylor: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 is a hearty compilation of breezy hit songs that dotted Taylor’s career from 1968 to 1976 (sans “Mockingbird”). It opens gently with a re-recording of “Something In the Way She Moves” from his self-titled debut album (this take without the psychedelic harpsichord intro). “Carolina In My Mind,” the catchy little folk-rock number from the same album, also gets the soft rock redo to sound more like the country-rock tinged tunes from his 1970 Grammy-nominated second album, Sweet Baby James. So of course “Fire and Rain” as well as the title-track follow in their familiar warmth before Taylor's intimate coffeehouse version of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” shows up. “Walking Man” is an autumnal dad-rock number that will make you want to tuck in your shirt and wear a belt as it plays with the dusky sunset vibes of an early-‘70s movie soundtrack. Taylor’s semi-soulful take on the 1964 Motown hit “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” is another standout here with its mellow Sunday morning church-choir groove.

Customer Reviews

James Taylor's Greatest Hits

Each time I listen to this album I enjoy it more. James Taylor's classic songs have a way of tranporting the listener to a quite peaceful place. We all need more music like this in our lives. Thank you James Taylor.

Quintessential JT

Kick back, relax, and just enjoy the music. A man and a guitar and a mike. Not too many did it better than JT.

Thank you JT

I simply love this album. It's heartfelt, passionate, and well produced.


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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