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Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon

James Taylor

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James Taylor mixes California canyon folk, light blues, and rock ’n’ roll with some gospel and country here. On the soothing “Soldiers,” Taylor eschews self-reflection and sings eloquently and empathetically of fallen comrades. His plaintive croon tells of wanderlust and discovery on both the piano-dreamy “Highway Song” and the banjo- and fiddle-rich “Riding on the Railroad.” The gospel tilt of “Let Me Ride” emphasizes a lusty undercurrent courtesy of The Memphis Horns, while the droning accordion on “Places in My Past” manages to sound like what nostalgia feels like. “Love Has Brought Me Around” features sharp guitar runs by legendary session man Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar.

Customer Reviews

JT is the greatest American musician of all time

Basically every song on this album is mind-bottling. This album is a mix of his younger funk and older groove and cannot be beat. This is possibly the best album he ever made. Buy the whole thing.

Biography

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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