by James TaylorJames 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: 43136

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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