October Road - (Import CD)

James Taylor

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Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Singer/Songwriter
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Producer
Russ Titelman
Title
October Road
Country
USA
Notes

Personnel includes: James Taylor (vocals, acoustic guitar); Michael Landau (guitar, gut string guitar); John Pizzarelli, Ry Cooder (guitar); Stuart Duncan (violin); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Michael Brecker (saxophone); Robbie Kilgore, Larry Goldings (piano); Clifford Carter (organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Rob Mounsey (keyboards, synthesizer): Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Jimmy Johnson (bass); Steve Gadd (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
"Mean Old Man" won the 2003 Grammy Award For Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.
"October Road" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Audio Mixers: Dave O'Donnell ; Russ Titelman.
Recording information: Capitol Recording Studios, LA; Clinton Studios, NY; Flying Monkey Studios, NY; Linden Oaks, Rockester, NY; Q Division Studios, Boston, MA; Right Track Studios, NY; Secret Studios, NY; Signal Path Studios, Nashville, TN; The Village Recorders, LA.
Photographers: Craig Nelson ; Russ Titelman.
You've got to hand it to pioneering singer-songwriter James Taylor for staying the course decade after decade. His 2002 release OCTOBER ROAD is so much of a piece with his previous work that it wouldn't have sounded out of place as a follow-up to his 1970 breakthrough album SWEET BABY JAMES. The laid-back phrasing, slightly jazzy acoustic guitar chords, artful-but-humble lyrical themes, it's all there. Though the elements that make up the Taylor sound are never far away, OCTOBER ROAD is not just a rewrite of past glories. "Belfast to Boston," with its pennywhistle and (synthesized) bagpipes, is an ostensibly Celtic-themed song about the tragedies of war and hatred, but the song manages to be subtly relevant to its post-9/11 emergence. The good-humored "Mean Old Man" is a Taylor original that sounds like a jazz standard, partly thanks to the work of famed jazzers Larry Goldings (piano) and John Pizzarelli (guitar). While Taylor occasionally indulges himself in a little polite R&B bounce, though, the bulk of OCTOBER ROAD is cloaked in the gentle, contemplative folk-rock style that those familiar with the man's oevure will have no problem cozying up to.

BarCode
886976881122
Country of Origin
USA
Barcode
0886976881122
Label
Columbia (USA)
Studio / Live
Studio
Performer
James Taylor (Soft Rock)
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] September Grass
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] October Road
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] On the 4th of July
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Whenever You're Ready
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Belfast To Boston
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Mean Old Man
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] My Traveling Star
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Raised Up Family
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Carry Me On My Way
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Caroline I See You
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Baby Buffalo
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Artists
  1. James Taylor
  2. James Taylor (Soft Rock)
Distributor
Sony BMG
Previews

Rolling Stone (10/3/02, p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A hit album without any obvious hit songs....Taylor's unhurried acoustic picking and calm, steady croon are - as they should be - the album's central joys."
Entertainment Weekly (8/16/02, p.72) - Grade B - "...Taylor pretty much defines easy listening..."
Q (9/02, p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...An album of rich, subtle melodies, championship-level guitar, playing and lyrical depth, as good an introduction to the low-key wonder of Taylor's work as MUD SLIDE SLIM or IN THE POCKET were in the 70's....A virtual songwriting masterclass."
Uncut (9/02, p.118) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...the melodic facility and phrasing are as elegant as we have come to expect...OCTOBER ROAD's autumnal tones prove there is no substitute for experience."
Mojo (Publisher) (9/02, p.106) - "...the world's most accomplished exponent of [soft rock]...faultlessly arranged, impeccably played songs."

Duration
51m 10s
Video Disabled
0
Engineer
M. Hans Liebert; Dave O'Donnell; Mark Howard

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