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Album Review

A decent set of urban contemporary tracks by a prolific composer, producer, and performer. Gary Taylor had written material for Marlena Shaw, Michael Wycoff, the Whispers, Vesta Williams, and many others, as well as doing his own A&M and Virgin albums. This release generated more noise in England than in America. He had several moderate English hits, among them "Time After Time" and "I Live 4 U." Like Taylor's other albums, there were too many styles displayed with little regard for pacing, thematic unity, or the audience. He certainly has talent, but has yet to harness it in a manner that both showcases his skills and gets him noticed.

Customer Reviews

Great and powerful!

Take control was a song that got me through a tough time in life, eventhough it was released when I was 9 or 10 I remember hearing it at 16 on a jazz station and I bought the cd and it really helped me through a tough time in my life.

Gary Taylor-- Take Control

I give this album top ranking. It has been a part of my collection since its release. As a former Music Director and radio personality, I've auditioned alot of material. I fell in love with Gary Taylor,though obscure to most, because he had such a simple approach writing and performing in the studio and yet the outcome evoked such emotion. His style is much like Sade on this record. Tracks-Take Control, Whatever, I live For You, Sign My Life Away

Beautiful Memories

Back in the days when I first discovered incents and low lighting, going out on dates and turning on the stereo to the quiet storm, and knowing that it was Gary Taylor on the box..........thank you Gary Taylor.


Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Gary Taylor placed only five singles on the Billboard R&B chart from 1983 through 1991. Among serious listeners who favor nuanced and sophisticated R&B, however, he's one of the more beloved producers of quiet storm ballads and mellow grooves. The Los Angeles native wrote songs for Platypus, Executive, and Michael Wycoff before he signed with A&M. As a recording artist, he debuted as G.T. in 1983 with a self-titled album. It was the source of "On the Line," a loose boogie single that reached number...
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