One Man Band

One Man Band

by James TaylorJames Taylor

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Overview

Don't take the title of James Taylor's One Man Band literally -- this 2007 concert recording may be stripped-down but it's not just James and a guitar, he's supported by keyboardist Larry Goldings, whom Taylor dubs his "one-man band" in the liner notes, as that's all the backing band he has here. Fair enough. But this isn't just a question of clever semantics: as it turns out, Goldings has quite a presence on this intimate album, recorded at a three-night stint at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, during July 2007. During this 19-song set, Taylor gives Goldings plenty of space to grace the songs with solos that show up his jazz chops. This freedom, coupled with Taylor's deceptively easy delivery -- he has a casual authority that comes from touring the same songs steadily for years -- gives this album a unique character among Taylor's catalog. This also makes for an album that relies heavily on standards. All the songs you'd expect are here, all the songs James always plays on tour, but there are also a couple of surprises, like "Chili Dog" from 1972's One Man Dog, which are quite engaging. Perhaps these tunes are a shade too familiar to sound fresh, but given such lovely readings they certainly sound as comforting as a reunion with an old friend for those listeners who haven't been keeping up with Taylor but might pick this up via its release on Starbucks' HearMusic label. So, this can rope in casual fans who will be quite pleased, but this is different enough from 1993's double-disc Live -- as polished and professional as live albums come -- to make this quite interesting for diehards, too. [One Man Band also contains a two-hour concert DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2014
Label: Hear Music
UPC: 0888072361669
catalogNumber: 36166
Rank: 58978

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist
Larry Goldings   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards
Michael Prichard   Choir, Chorus
Kurt Walker   Choir, Chorus
Kieran Murray   Choir, Chorus
Caroline Taylor   Choir, Chorus
John Oliver   Conductor
Timothy Lanagan   Choir, Chorus
Paulo Cesar Carminati   Choir, Chorus
Laura C. Sancartier   Choir, Chorus
Katharine Heaton   Choir, Chorus
Gale Livingston   Choir, Chorus
Don P. Sturdy   Choir, Chorus
Christina Lillian Wallace   Choir, Chorus
Brian R. Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Arend Sluis   Choir, Chorus
Anna S. Choi   Choir, Chorus
Abbe Dalton Clark   Choir, Chorus
Terry L. Ward   Choir, Chorus
Stefanie J. Gallegos   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
James Taylor   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Illustrations
Larry Goldings   Composer
Abbey Anna   Creative Coordinator
Dan Borris   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Felicia A. Burrey   Choir Manager
Eddie Jackson   Engineer
Ellyn Kusmin   Personal Assistant
David O'Donnell   Producer,Engineer
Pearl Evidente   Creative Coordinator
Jonathan Prince   Guitar Techician
Reynolds Price   Composer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Paulo Cesar Carminati   Choir Arrangement
Anthony R. Bader   Stage Manager

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