11 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sweet Baby James is the sacred text of the singer/songwriter movement. With the poetic, autumnal “Fire and Rain,” the lullaby-like title track, and the bucolic “Country Road,” James Taylor made tender folk-pop balladry the sound of the ‘70s. His gentle croon and pretty fingerpicking make this the ultimate rainy-day chill-out album, but tongue-in-cheek blues tunes like “Steamroller” and “Oh Baby, Don’t You Loose Your Lip on Me” show that amid all that introspection there’s a sharp sense of humor as well.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sweet Baby James is the sacred text of the singer/songwriter movement. With the poetic, autumnal “Fire and Rain,” the lullaby-like title track, and the bucolic “Country Road,” James Taylor made tender folk-pop balladry the sound of the ‘70s. His gentle croon and pretty fingerpicking make this the ultimate rainy-day chill-out album, but tongue-in-cheek blues tunes like “Steamroller” and “Oh Baby, Don’t You Loose Your Lip on Me” show that amid all that introspection there’s a sharp sense of humor as well.

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