Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the February 2012 Issue of Stereophile & Rated 9/10 Music, 9/10 Sonics in his February 2012 reviews on musicangle.com!
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James Taylor JT on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity! Half-Speed Mastered From the Original Analog Tapes: Sweet Baby James' Voice, Acoustic Guitar Never Warmer!
Taylor's 1977 Columbia Debut Re-Established His Place As Leading Folk-Rock Troubadour. All-Star Cast Assists Taylor In Exploring All Sides of Domestic Issues, Earning Triple-Platinum Album!
James Taylors best-selling record since 1970s hallmark Sweet Baby James, 1977s JT takes its permanent place as one of the singers most enduring albums, an affair that gorges on country, blues, and rock styles and incisive songwriting. As the preeminent singer-songwriters Columbia debut, it catapulted him back into the limelight and reestablished his place as the eras leading-edge folk-rock troubadour.
Half-speed mastered from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition 180g LP possesses a warmth, immediacy, and intimacy that surpasses that available on any of Taylors prior albums. The singers comforting voice, breath control, and enchanting guitar lines sound as if they pour right out of the studio control room, and the splendid array of backing instrumentation is balanced, vivid, and dynamic. Youve never heard Taylor this realistic, warm, or lively.
More than any other of his records, the triple-platinum JT features all sides of Taylors lyrical persona. Optimistic, content material fills half of the set while Taylor also reveals a darker, moodier identity on a number of songs that keep the 12-track set alternating between shade and light, shadow and sun. He turns romantic and blissful on the touching ballad There We Are, praises the power of love on Your Smiling Face, and enchants with the graceful Secret OLife.
In addition to the domestic bliss, Taylor also expresses surprise and cynicism on Honey Dont Leave L.A., delves into despair on Another Grey Morning, and invites sardonic tones on Bartenders Blues. The result is a complete picture of an extraordinary songwriter, and accurate sketches of the mixed emotions so many of us feel. Taylors ability to capture deep-seeded feelings, and set them to lyrical and musical poetry, explains why we relate to him on such a meta-level. Its also why his music, particularly JT, remains timeless.
Taylor doesnt do it all alone. JT benefits from an all-star support cast. Iconic singers Carly Simon and Linda Ronstadt supply background vocals, saxophone great David Sanborn plays the horn, Russ Kunkel mans the percussion, and legendary arranger David Campbell oversees the strings and woodwinds. Its no wonder why many fans consider this gorgeous collection of Laurel Canyon pop-rock Taylors finest.
Mobile Fidelity is honored to have given this easy listening late-'70s gem the sonic restoration befitting its brilliant musical content. Whether youve never heard this record or know it inside and out, this 180g analog reissue will open your ears to previously hidden details ranging from pedal-steel guitar accents to honky-tonk tonalities that add to the overall enjoyment. Taylors funky rhythms, too, gain in stature, as does his meticulous command of pace and tempo. Bliss.
"While the production may sound a bit slick, it's such sweet ear candy, you won't care. Val Garay gets the instruments remarkably well separated in space and give you a kick drum and electric bass you can latch onto and ride. All of the instruments receive the same clean, unprocessed treatment and as good as the original Columbia pressing was, Mobile Fidelity does it even better, striking the perfect balance between warmth and clarity. The original's dynamics can't match this edition. There's plenty worth listening in on within these mixes and the mastering and pressing open a transparent, revealing window onto the action." - Michael Fremer, musicangle.com Music 9, Sound 9!
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 Gatefold Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Your Smiling Face
2. There We Are
3. Honey Don't Leave L.A.
4. Another Grey Morning
5. Bartender's Blues
6. Secret O' Life
1. Handy Man
2. I Was Only Telling A Lie
3. Looking For Love On Broadway
4. Terra Nova
5. Traffic Jam
6. If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight