James Taylor - Greatest Hits

Limited 180 Gram Black Vinyl LP Record, Remaster

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Greatest Hits is the first compilation album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, originally released in November 1976 via Warner Bros. Records.

Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "the archetypal sensitive singer/songwriter of the Seventies", James Taylor's songs, especially his early material, are tales of inner torment delivered in low-key tunes, with his understated tenor backed by intricate acoustic guitar parts that draw on folk and jazz.

James Taylor had moved to London in 1967 to try out being a solo artist and was introduced to Peter Asher (one half of British pop duo Peter And Gordon), who was at that time the A&R manager for The Beatles newly formed Apple Records label. Taylor gave a demo tape of songs which included “Something In The Way She Moves”, which sparked interest from George Harrison and McCartney. Taylor played this song live for his audition to Harrison and McCartney, and became the first non-British act signed to Apple Records.

Peter Asher produced his debut studio album James Taylor, released in December 1968. George Harrison and McCartney guested on the recording of “Carolina On My Mind” and Harrison is said to have taken the lyrical inspiration for his classic composition “Something” from the James Taylor song, which so impressed him at that audition.

His debut album didn’t garner commercial or chart success, however Peter Asher was convinced of Taylor’s potential that he resigned from Apple Records and moved to the US to manage James Taylor.

Taylor signed a new record deal with Warner Bros. Records and Peter Asher produced his second album Sweet Baby James, which featured Carole King on piano and backing vocals. The second single from the album “Fire And Rain” gave him his chart breakthrough, reaching #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  Further chart success followed with his first #1 single “You’ve Got A Friend”, followed by successful singles “Country Road”, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, “How Sweet It Is”, “Mexico” and “Shower The People”.

Released at the end of James Taylor's contract with Warner Bros. Records, Greatest Hits featured songs from his time with the label between 1970 and 1976.

The songs from his debut album “Carolina In My Mind” and “Something In The Way She Moves” are versions re-recorded in October 1976 (again produced by Peter Asher) for this Greatest Hits album, as the original Apple Records versions were not available to include on this compilation due to contractual constraints.

Although this Greatest Hits album never rose higher than #23 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart on its original release, it has sold steadily for many years, eventually becoming James Taylor's best-selling album with over 12 million copies sold, and earning him a Diamond Certification by the RIAA.

In August 2012, the album re-entered the US Billboard albums chart at #15, setting a new chart position record for the album, 36 years after it was originally released.

This is one of those compilation albums that is a must-have for any record collection, and demonstrates the quality of his acoustic guitar work, songwriting skills and his unique tenor voice – absolutely timeless.

This album is a 2020 reissue on 180 gram black vinyl housed in an embossed gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve, replicating the original album artwork, with newly remastered audio by Peter Asher, pressed in Europe via Warner Records.

(12260)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Something In The Way She Moves

3:07

A2

Carolina In My Mind

3:57

A3

Fire And Rain

3:20

A4

Sweet Baby James

2:38

A5

Country Road

3:41

A6

You've Got A Friend

4:29

B1

Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

2:34

B2

Walking Man

3:30

B3

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

3:30

B4

Mexico

2:44

B5

Shower The People

3:52

B6

Steamroller

5:19

SKU 12260
Record Label Warner Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number R1 3113
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 27 March 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 01 November 1976
Barcode # 603497852543
Shipping Weight 0.3700kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Black Vinyl, Embossed Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve, Remastered Audio by Peter Asher, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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