Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Fire And Rain" - Rated 227/500!
TAS Rated 3.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the January 2008 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the February 2008 Issue of Stereophile!
Sweet Baby James features the hits "Fire and Rain" and "Country Road" along with other fine folk-tunes such as "Anywhere Like Heaven", "Blossom" and J.T.'s rendition of "Oh, Susannah".
Certified at 3 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)
"Newly remastered from the original analog tapes onto RTI HQ-180 vinyl, Sweet Baby James is nothing short of sensational." - Neil Gader, TAS January 2008
"Taylor's second album landed him on the cover of Time magazine and secured his place as the patriarch of the 1970s singer-songwriter scene. But he went through a private hell on his way to success; the album's Top Five hit "Fire and Rain" was inspired by Taylor's stay in a psychiatric institution in the mid-1960s (he had committed himself) and the suicide of a fellow patient. Taylor set a new standard for confession in pop lyrics on "Fire and Rain." But it is the quiet strength in his voice, framed by the skeletal grace of Peter Asher's production, that still makes this album a model of folk-pop healing music." - www.rollingstone.com
"Taylor wrote the three verses of this song ["Fire And Rain"] in three phases following the breakup of his band the Flying Machine. The first came in a London flat while he was signed to the Apple label, the second in a New York hospital as he kicked heroin and the third during a stay in a Massachusetts psychiatric facility. 'It's like three samplings of what I went through,' he said." - Rolling Stone
Cut by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering!
From the Original Analog Master Tapes!
Pressed on Virgin 180-Gram Vinyl at Record Technology, Inc.
1. Sweet Baby James
2. Lo And Behold
3. Sunny Skies
5. Country Road
6. Oh, Susannah
7. Fire And Rain
9. Anywhere Like Heaven
10. Oh Baby, Don't You Loose Your Lip On Me
11. Suite For 20 G