James Taylor Releases First Original Album In 13 Years Today

Author: Jim Johnson

Out today (June 16th) is James Taylor latest album, Before This World — marking his first original studio set since 2002’s October Road.
Taylor’s last full-length album was the 2008 Grammy-nominated collection, Covers. The set included Taylor’s take on such rock, pop, R&B and Broadway standards as “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning,” “Get A Job,” “Memphis, Tennessee,” “Shiver Me Timbers,” Wasn’t That A Mighty Storm,” “In The Midnight Hour” and “Knock On Wood.” In 2009, he followed it up with the seven-track CD called Other Covers, featuring outtakes from the Covers sessions.

Although James Taylor is rated among the top composers of the singer-songwriter era, he credits his vocal and guitar styles for much of his success: “If you listen to the original of ‘Handy Man,’ or ‘Up On The Roof,’ or ‘Everyday,’ and then listen to my version of it, the arrangement gets redone. I have a vocal style that tends to lay the thing back a little bit in many cases. The other thing is that I have this sort of vocabulary on guitar — kind of preferred chord changes, and I’ll play these songs over years going back to when I was a teenager.”

 

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