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JT is a showcase for the many sides of James Taylor. He plays the role of sensitive singer-songwriter that he helped to invent (“Handy Man,” “If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight”), celebrates life and the newfound wisdom to enjoy it (“Secret O’Life”), looks at the pleasures (“Your Smiling Face,” “There We Are”) and perils (“Another Grey Morning”) of domesticity, and even serves up some convincing honky-tonk (“Bartender’s Blues”). There are also more overt rock influences than he’d shown before, as evidenced by the upfront electric guitar, punchy bass and more aggressive singing on “Honey, Don’t Leave L.A.” and “I Was Only Telling a Lie.” Within this eclectic context even the goofball throwaway “Traffic Jam” has a role to play, and the mix of material — by turns serious, playful, tender and tough — made this 1977 release consistently satisfying and his biggest commercial success since Sweet Baby James.

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As classic as it gets

There are few albums I've listened to more than this seminal work by my favorite artist. James Taylor defined an era for me, and defined what it meant to be a singer-songwriter. James has aged well, and so has his music. If you don't recognize these songs (perhaps because you're younger) you will recognize the names of those he's influenced. This album was released during a good period in James Taylor's life. It was rocky before, and it would get rocky again. This snapshot feels "frozen in time" during a surprisingly blissful period. I am reminded of these songs when I am in a mood. There's a lot of emotion here. And I am inspired to express my artist's self when I listen in. Effortless and beautiful. Keeping it as simple as enjoying the passage of time...simple until you try and play this stuff on the guitar.

Every track's worthwhile.

Yup - - been listening to this album since it first came out and I still love it. Never tire of it. iTunes reviewers consistently bash James Taylor, but he's still got a lot of fans that enjoy his sound and his music. Keep 'em comin', JT!


Funny thing is, my family has this RECORD and we play it on a turntable, and seeing it on iTunes is just WEIRD. Excellent album. Period.


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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