TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
Michael Fremer Rated 8/10 Music, 9/10 Sonics in his March 2012 reviews on www.musicangle.com!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
James Taylor Dad Loves His Work on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity
Taylor's Emotional Juggernaut and Musical Marvel Simmers With Honesty, Conviction
Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: 1981 Classic Has Never Sounded So Real
Contemplative Record Contains Some of Best Songwriting of Taylor's Career
Recorded amidst a failing marriage, ongoing heroin addiction, alcohol dependency, and a sense of fading commercial prowess, James Taylors Dad Loves His Work is an emotional juggernaut and musical marvel. Long considered a classic of the singer-songwriter domain, the 1981 effort stands as Taylors last real great album and an involving aural artwork that simmers with honesty, conviction, and feeling.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition 180g LP marks the first time this classic has been properly remastered. Far exceeding the sonics of Sonys CD reissue, this audiophile version lifts up the cover on a world of sound, with Taylors mellow finger-picked guitar melodies, gently reassuring vocals, and bittersweet deliveries brought to the fore. Listeners will also be able to relax amidst the soft clouds of comforting background singing by ace guests Jennifer Warnes, J.D. Souther, and Peter Asher.
With the title reflecting the singers answer to his then-wife, Carly Simon, Dad Loves His Work remains a statement of certainty and priority that Taylor invests with devastating poignancy, physiological soulfulness, and universal pathos. Balancing the biting edginess and forlorn despair with equal parts self-deprecating humor and rapier wit, Taylors songwriting on such nuggets as Hard Times, Hour That the Morning Comes, and charged Stand and Fight is among the best of his career.
No surprise, then, that Taylor wasnt only looking at and reflecting upon his own life, but that of his relationship with his own father and ancestors. The emotional repercussions involved with such looming themes trickle through the harmony-laden music, spurred by the vocalists trademark acoustic guitar, shivering harmonicas, Rhodes pianos, myriad percussive devices, and tasteful synthesizer passages.
Taylors definitive duet with Souther on Her Town Too bridged both the pop and adult-contemporary charts, catapulting Dad Loves His Work in the Top Ten and past sales of one million copies. Similarly, Taylor expands his horizons on the politically motivated Sugar Trade, co-written by Jimmy Buffett.
Mobile Fidelitys collectible audiophile 180g LP brings you into Taylors private world with unparalleled intensity and extreme closeness. Taylor feels every word he sings on this record, and now, thanks to meticulous remastering efforts, his expressiveness and sensitivity coming through via unencumbered transparency and dynamic acoustics. This edition of Dad Loves His Work is not to be missed!
"Mobile Fidelity's mastering hits the sonic nail on the head tonally, dynamically and spatially so if this is one of your Taylor favesand it has its fansyou will be happy with this reissue." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8/10, Sound 9/10
Numbered, Limited Edition
Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Hard Times
2. Her Town Too
3. Hour That The Morning Comes
4. I Will Follow
5. Believe It Or Not
1. Stand And Fight
2. Only For Me
3. Summer's Here
4. Sugar Trade
5. London Town
6. That Lonesome Road