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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B001D5DQCU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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James Taylor and his band reinterpret 12 brand new recordings of songs by notable artists in the 2008 Covers album. James Taylor is the legendary singer/songwriter five time Grammy Award winner who is one of the most respected and successful artists in the history of popular music. He has sold more than 40 million albums in his career. His last CD, 2007's One Man Band, achieved gold sales achieved gold sales status.

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I've done covers of other people's songs since the beginning. Looking over the various collections of my tunes a fair-sized portion of my "hits" have been covers: "You've Got a Friend", "How Sweet it Is", "Up On the Roof", "Handyman"...so this is not uncharted water for me. I've always thought that writing an original song and reinterpreting someone else's were similar processes; just as making music is a lot like listening to it.

What has been so memorable about this album were the sessions themselves: ten days in deep January in a converted barn in the woods of Western Massachusetts. It's remarkable and unusual today to put 12 musicians in the same place at the same time. It's a type of "live" recording sadly seldom seen in these days of the overdub. You get an immediate energy and it's a whole lot of fun. It sweeps you up and it carries you along and when it's done, it's done.

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This is an excellent new disc from James Taylor.
Robert G Yokoyama
The downside to this album is that there are way too many throwaway tunes.
San Diego Heel
This is a very good cd that will please all the JT fans out there.
Lee

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135 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Gengler VINE VOICE on September 30, 2008
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James Taylor has reached that point - that very few of his contemporaries have reached - where he can do whatever he pleases. His ardent core of fans from the days when he didn't need to cover his pate with a beret will buy his music, applaud, and get misty eyed when he breaks into Sweet Baby James or Carolina In My Mind. What's remarkable is his production of recent discs like Hourglass and especially October Sky, which contain timeless music of a very high quality.

Covers contains songs of very high quality as well. Songs that have held there own for decades. Some that are newer. Now we have the chance to hear them sung by a voice that is one of the greatest in American popular music. A voice that has aged as gracefully as the patina on a fine burnished piece of silver. James Taylor, having survived the fire and rain of his life, has truly become an American Classic in the best sense.

Putting on this disc - for those of us who still purchase discs, those digital relics that replaced our previous vinyl relics - is like going to visit an old friend, going into his barn, drinking a couple of beers, picking up the old instruments and playing some of those old songs you both loved so well. It's a casual affair - some great music played by a group of friends who have played long enough to anticipate every change, every nuance, every "Taylor-ian" harmony or cello break to make it sound just right. There's just the slightest sense of knowing exactly where these songs are going; where the breaks are going to be, when the verse is going to return, when it's going to end. And that's a good thing.

Most of the songs fit Taylor like a glove. He chose well. It's Growing, Seminole Wind, and of course - On Broadway (a song that Taylor was born to sing) are all wonderful.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Day Tripper on October 2, 2008
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I'm a late bloomer in James Taylor fandom but have heard nearly all his albums to date. Don't understand those who give this album a bad review. These are wonderful arrangements of songs that are fun, deep, worth revisiting. JT has covered tons of songs through his career - You've Got a Friend, Handy Man, Up on the Roof, How Sweet It Is, Walking My Baby Back Home, Day Tripper (a mistake), September Grass - and he does most of these a great service here. I'm not crazy about "On Broadway" like others - it just seems a little blah. But who can deny It's Growing, Why Baby Why, Wichita Lineman, and the fun stuff like Road Runner, Some Days You Gotta Dance, and Summertime Blues? My biggest concern is that Hear will release an expanded edition later with the extra tracks that were peddled on QVC last month. This 42-minute collection is fine, fine, fine, but I wouldn't argue with another 15 minutes of music.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2008
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I've been a James Taylor fan forever and own everything he's ever recorded in both audio and video. I've attended several of his live stage band concerts as well as his more recent One Man Band tour. After all this time, I continue to be amazed at how James manages to repeatedly deliver fresh treatments and appealing arrangements of songs his fans recognize and have loved for years. The Cover album is no exception. It is an eclectic collection that bridges numerous styles, with each piece performed impeccably by James and his fantastic team of musicians. I am so happy with this latest offering, and I predict that it will be wildly popular with James Taylor fans everywhere.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David Cady VINE VOICE on September 30, 2008
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All can be counted on, but only one is welcome. Actually, I didn't know just how much I needed a fix of new JT until the initial notes of the first track took me out of my stressful life and transported me to a calmer, simpler, better place. (And if that sounds like hyperbole, then perhaps you're not a true fan. Or maybe you need to buy this album, like, yesterday.) I'm not sure that "Covers" as a title does justice to what Taylor does here; these are more than mere rerecordings. Songs like "It's Growing" and "Wichita Lineman" are reimagined to the degree that they sound like Taylor originals, and I mean that as a supreme compliment. My one reservation, and it's not insignificant, is the album's brevity. A little over 40 minutes? C'mon James, there's a whole world of songs out there we're dying to hear you sing! If there's a "Covers 2," please don't be this stingy.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By San Diego Heel on October 12, 2008
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The downside to this album is that there are way too many throwaway tunes. It might be fun to listen to JT sing "Hound Dog" as an unexpected surprise in a live concert, but it just doesn't hold up to repeated listenings. Most of the album falls into this category, unfortunately.

There are a few exceptions: Witchita Lineman is great, I really enjoyed his take on Suzanne and the surprise cover of the old Spinners tune, Sadie, is really nice. I'd recommend downloading these songs and skipping the rest of the album.

The one thing of real note is that JT's voice is ageless. So many of his contemporaries' voices are really showing signs of aging -- darkening with time and having a tougher time reaching the high notes.
Honestly, this album sounds like he could have recorded it in the early 80's. His voice sounds as it did way back then. Vocally, he sounds great.
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In his concert in LA this week, he played "Wichita Lineman," "Get a Job," "Knock on Wood," "Some Days You Gotta Dance," and the prettiest version of "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" (from Oklahoma!), I've ever heard. Those will probably be on the... Read More
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