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Fire And Rain

From the Album Greatest Hits
October 26, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 23, 1977
  • Release Date: October 26, 2012
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1988 Warner Brothers Records, Inc.
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  • Duration: 3:21 minutes
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  • ASIN: B002DD681C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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By Jay R. Adler on February 8, 2010
In 1971 I repaired to the new Madison Square Garden in New York accompanied by my buddy Steve on a tough date night. I was twenty years old and as my raging angst and hormones rebelled within my adolescent system, I wanted to calm down by going to a concert offered by a devastatingly handsome and tall hippy like singer song writer named James Taylor, subsequently to be monikered JT. Insiders in the music business were well aware of this young man's gift for guitar and song writing and distinctive vocal style. He had spent some time in Greenwich Village with his group James Taylor and The Flying Machine achieving some following. Interestingly enough in maybe 1968 James did some session work with the Beatles at Apple Records. You really have to be good to do session work. Glen Campbell and Nicolette Larson were two of my favorites background musicians or vocalists the latter was an outstanding vocalist, both of them emerged from the background afterwards. Anyway, we get into the Garden and immediately notice that the place was half full. James was sitting on a stool and there was actually debris on the stage. He sang Fire and Rain and I was stunned at how I connected with the song. After that the kids, all of us emotionally wound by the era and the god awful one that proceeded it went on to as fans to help to create a mega star in James Taylor. Incidently I understand that he will soon appear with his old friend and collaborator Carol
King, probably up there in the top five singer song writers of our generation. This is what I have desired for the music industry beginning five years ago when I started out as a critic and it is beginning to happen with the Who chosen to perform at the Super bowl and Paul McCartney performing on television. Getting back to James Taylor, he exemplifies verifiable genetic talent, we really need that today anywhere we can get it.
Jay Adler
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I will admit that I was a strange kid in high school, but I do think that I had pretty good, if a little bit `mature,' tastes. Anyway, one day, I was flipping the channels, and I heard the beginning chords of this song. I, to be honest, didn't recognize the guy playing it. He was old, tall, lanky, and bald. But what a song it was. I was pretty overwhelmed by the poetry of the song (and how it renews itself--when I saw the attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11, my mind immediately heard that line from the song "sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground"), by the tragedy and love that shine throughout it (whose life hasn't been touched by fire and rain?), by the simple beauty of the melody, and by the performer's intensity as he sang it. Even if I was a stupid high school kid, I could recognize the song's sublimity.

Later, I realized that the performance was at James Taylor's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. I've never seen that performance since then, but I still remember it, and it did a lot to shape my tastes ever since. I did buy pretty well all of Taylor's early albums and still listen to them occasionally (they are fantastic--a lot of the more obscure songs are the very best). But Taylor prepared me to listen to the great music of some of the neo-folk talents writing and performing music right now (i.e. Mumford and Sons and, especially, The Avett Brothers, who come from Taylor's beloved North Carolina). So, this is still a wonderful song that has been meaningful to me for well over a decade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2014
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I love how easy it is to get great music on Amazon, Fire and Rain by James Taylor is a classic. Sounds great!
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Words can scarce describe the simple, heartwarming beauty of a track such as this. We have all heard at some point; playing on the radio, or gracing a film with it's accompanying presence. It can speak to anyone; everyone who has left a spark of human understanding, who has built up mountains of hopes, and lived to see them fall to pieces, yet live on in dreams. It is a deeply human song; crying from the wells of aching love and troubles borne throughout the passing of years. For most, it will bring a tear in their eye; only because they know the feelings so very closely. For others the song has no meaning; they are masters of their life and fiercely proud of it. Let them live awhile longer, and return when time has ripened their humanity.

A must own.
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I was born in 1958, so I am old enoiugh to remember when this song was playing on my radio. I have always liked it and I get his point about thinking that our friends will always be there. Then, one day they are gone. I understand the feeling of loss that results from this. This song brings back a few memories. It was recoirded at a time when music was simple.
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"Fire And Rain" by James Taylor - what a classic/ So intelligent, tender, melancholy, and beautifull. I don't believe there is a song that James has sung that I don't like. This song is benefitted by gorgeous verbal imagery that moves your heart. I listen to this, and then put it on repeat, it's that wonderful.
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By Denise Ellinwood on March 30, 2013
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"I've seen fire & rain" probably means different things to different people, but to me it refers to electroshock therapy & cold-bath therapy, which my mother, "Suzanne", went thru when this song came out, so it has special meaning to me.
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