by James Taylor


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A cozy companion to One Man Band, James Taylor's 2007 intimate stroll through his back pages for Starbucks' Hear Music, Covers once again finds the singer/songwriter on familiar, friendly territory, as he returns to his easy rolling full band and digs into the songbook of the rock & roll era. It's his era, of course, the time he had hit singles, including many hit cover versions, as he points out himself in his brief liner notes to the album. All of this makes Covers feel perhaps even more comfortable than One Man Band, which had the distinction of its unique guitar-and-piano arrangements, something that made his hits sound relatively fresh. Here, standards -- and despite a couple of oddball choices like the Spinners' "Sadie," John Anderson's "Seminole Wind," and the only modern song here, the Dixie Chicks' "Some Days You Gotta Dance," this is all standards like "Wichita Lineman," "Suzanne," "Hound Dog," "On Broadway," "Summertime Blues," and "Not Fade Away" -- are given Taylor's warm, mellow signature, so Covers winds up feeling a bit like an outdoor concert on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon: something that is wholly relaxing and not in the least surprising.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Hear Music
UPC: 0888072308299
catalogNumber: 30829
Rank: 43432

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
James "J.T." Taylor   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Larry Goldings   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
David Lasley   Vocals
Yo-Yo Ma   Cello
Luis Conte   Percussion
Walt Fowler   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Steve Gadd   Drums
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Lou Marini   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Kate Markowitz   Vocals
Andrea Zonn   Fiddle,Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Jeff Babko   Organ,Piano
Caroline Taylor   Vocals
Jimmy Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Eddie Cochran   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
James "J.T." Taylor   Producer
James Taylor   Arranger,Audio Production
Larry Goldings   Arranger,Cello Arrangement
Yo-Yo Ma   Arranger,Cello Arrangement
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Jerry Capehart   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Walt Fowler   Arranger
Bruce Hawes   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Joseph B. Jefferson   Composer
Lou Marini   Arranger
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Marshall Morgan   Composer
Charles Simmons   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Scott Hoffman   Drum Technician
Jonathan Brett Prince   Guitar Techician
Eddie Jackson   Engineer
Ellyn Kusmin   Personal Assistant
David O'Donnell   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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Covers 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From just listening to the samples on B&amp, I can tell this is going to be another favorite CD in my collection. I have ALL of James' CDs, sometimes duplicates of them and listen to James Taylor almost all the time. Went to his concert in Hamburg in April...he was awesome!
BarbLS More than 1 year ago
The recording is excellent. The accompanying written material helped me enjoy the recording even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding collection by James Taylor. I've been a big fan as long as I can remember, and this cd &amp quot Covers&amp quot brings his sweet sound and familiar lyrics to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a gift for a friend, but she already had it and had been enjoying it for several months. James Taylor is awesome, always has been!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW it has been a very very long time since james taylor wrote a new album. I thought that he was done writing new music. I can t wait until it comes out. and I love the cover from LORI LORI
JoyceB More than 1 year ago
James Taylor is probably my favorite entertainer, so I am probably biased a bit. However, I really enjoyed how he put his own touch and style to these classic songs.
kryztofferbee More than 1 year ago
This collection of Taylor's covers is a pleasure, partly for the surprising take on songs I was familiar with, partly for the introduction to those I'd never heard. Taylor's voice is made for "On Broadway." I just kept playing it over and over when I first bought the album. For anyone familiar with Elvis's "Hound Dog"--and that's everyone--Taylor's jazzy, bluesy, funky version is just plain fun. But it is Taylor's version of John Anderson's "Seminole Wind," which I'd never heard before, that went right to this environmentalist's heart. I'm too much in love with the simplicity and purity of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" to dig Taylor's overproduced version, and his "Witchita Lineman" doesn't add anything to what I get from Glen Campbell's version. But I guess that's the difficulty of a cover album. Sometimes the artist just can't separate the listener from his attachment to the original, and the cover then seems impertinent. So you might discover new possibilities in one cover and I might just find it dismal. That's the fun here, and if you are a Taylor fan or just an casual admirer with a taste for exploring some new sights on some well-known trails, this is definitely a good buy. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is only two good songs. His others cds are far better. A free cd is better than full price.
RLS More than 1 year ago
I am a longtime JT fan, and I love his original work, so I was originally unsure about Covers. Then I saw JT perform several of these in Raleigh last summer (a fantastic concert), and I was convinced. On the CD, the band is awesome, and JT is at his best with these selections. It's absolutely terrific.
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