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Gorilla served notice to anyone expecting James Taylor to continue on in the personal, confessional vein of his first few albums that he did not intend to do so. Recording in Burbank with Warners staff producers Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman, Taylor used a stellar backup band augmented by such guests as Graham Nash and David Crosby (who harmonized on the chart single "Mexico"), his wife Carly Simon, mandolinist David Grisman, saxophone player David Sanborn, Randy Newman on "hornorgan," and Little Feat slide guitarist Lowell George. This team worked on a set of light, pleasant songs that bordered on the generic -- one was called "Music," another "Love Songs" -- but were performed and sung with taste and care. Taylor was relentlessly upbeat; even "Angry Blues," which confessed, "I can't help it if I don't feel so good," didn't sound like things were that bad. But then, these songs didn't seem to be about Taylor, or if they were, as in the extended metaphor of the title track, the connection was so oblique that it was hard to say what the point was. Still, one could glide on Taylor's easy vocals and the band's competence, and Gorilla was an enjoyable listening experience. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," the first of a series of bleached R&B covers, became a Top Ten hit, and the album restored Taylor's commercial fortunes, setting him on the steady path he would follow for decades after. But who would have thought only a few years before that the king of the confessional song poets would turn into such a lightweight?

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992729321
catalogNumber: 2866

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Graham Nash   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Randy Newman   Keyboards,Hornorgan
Carly Simon   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Piano,Marimbas
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Arthur Adams   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Valerie Carter   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lowell George   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner   Drums
George Bohannon   Trombone,Horn
David Crosby   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Nick DeCaro   Organ,Strings,Accordion
Chuck Findley   Horn
David Grisman   Mandolin
Milt Holland   Percussion
Jules Jacob   Clarinet,Oboe
Danny Kortchmar   Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Gayle LaVant   Harp
Clarence McDonald   Synthesizer,Piano
Andy Newmark   Drums
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Gayle Levant   Harp
Leland Sklar   Bass

Technical Credits

Nick DeCaro   Arranger
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Brian Holland   Composer
Donn Landee   Engineer
Clarence McDonald   Contributor
Russ Titelman   Producer,Contributor
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Gayle Levant   Contributor

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Gorilla 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TG3Read More than 1 year ago
james recorded this music 20 years ago yet you can put it on and listen to it as if he recorded it yesterday. his music never gets old. only his enduring fans. keep jamming james.