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JT Hybrid SACD - DSD

4.7 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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Enjoy James Taylor's triple-platinum release from 1977 in a limited edition hybrid SACD. The sound quality on this CD is such that it is as if you are in the recording studio with James. Plus these are a dozen of his most endearing folk-rock songs vacillating between optimism and moody reflection.
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  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
There are two aspects of this singer shown here. Certainly, the trade mark pop hits are here, the songs that again have the folksy and self-revealing lyrics and music such as "Your Smiling Face", "There We Are", "Secret of Life", "Handy Man" and "Terra Nova". "Secret of Life" especially is of his highest quality. All five make this an album which will please his fans.
However, he also expresses a darker side of life, a more cynical point of being. "Honey Don't Leave L.A." expresses one who's smitten by a typical "Hollywood" girl, one who is trying for the big time, for the glamour, for the luxury. "Another Grey Morning" portrays depression, a deep down despair. "Bartender's Blues" gives a sardonic look at life, cynicism mixed again with a type of despair. The stories implied in "I Was Only Telling A Lie" and "Looking For Love On Broadway" speak of deception, emptiness, even futility. And "Traffic Jam" might at first bring a smile to those who cope with the crowded freeways regularly. But then, by the last line, you realize (if you didn't already) that the song is about more than the physical situation described. And then there's "If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight", again where the singer is looking for love from a woman who is just looking for good times. We men can very much cheer James for this song, because while many women claim that it's the man who is just looking for momentary pleasure, we men know it works both ways. And as always, James expresses it so that those of us who've been there can appreciate the song.
This is an outstanding album, and while it does have a dark side, this is James Taylor at his usual high level.
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James Taylor introduced us to his distinctive form of intelligent and simplistic pop stylings since the early 1970's. This album was released within 7 years into his recording career and is one of his finest, most consistent collections to date. There is a logical flow that glides from one melodic track to the next.
At the time of release, the album was considered a middle of the road rock and roll album. Like his earlier works, the music of Sweet Baby James has aged like a fine wine. With the inclusion of soft, sweet, emotionally tender and melodic selections, the album quickly achieved platinum status selling over a million copies and spawned many adult contemporary classics. It is still as engaging, if not more today, since it has received the remastering treatment.
The album opens with his optimistic ode to love, "Your Smiling Face," which did quite respectively on the pop charts (#20) at the time. This became a staple of late 1970's mor radio as was "Handy Man." This track peaked at #4 and won a grammy for best pop performance male at the 1978 grammy awards (his 2nd/several years back he won the same category for "Fire And Rain.") "Honey Don't Leave LA" was a moderate success, a mid-tempo bluesy track that featured several notable artists: Danny Kortchmar(who penned the track), Peter Asher(mainly known for producing the majority of Linda Ronstadt's work/Asher also produced this album), and Saxaphone extrodinaire, David Sanborn. Russell Kunkel who has worked with many A list performers (Linda Ronstadt/Stevie Nicks/etc.) performs on many tracks including playing castanets on the beautiful,"Looking For Love On Broadway.
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Not sure if this will be a fair review. I was only a passive JT listener until I got this SACD. My new appreciation for all things Carole King led me to explore more of James Taylor's recordings. With that said, I can't compare this to the original LP, cassette, 8 track, reel to reel, CD, mp3... so sorry. What I will say is that the music on this album is nothing short of phenomenal, and I can't believe I've waited this long to give JT a spin. Nice mellow easy listening tunes perfect for a Sunday morning listening session, or unwind with your liquor of choice after a long day at the workplace. I suppose as we grow older our musical taste develop into something a bit more refined and not so angst ridden. I've been very pleased with all the MoFi SACDs I've acquired so far, and this one does not disappoint in the least. Without a frame of reference to go by in terms of previous versions of this album, I can only say that MFSL mastering duo of Shawn R. Britton and Rob LoVerde has once again given us a reference quality mastering worthy of the MoFi label. Nothing comes off as ear-bleeding shrill or lifeless and dull, but rather that rich, creamy, full signature sound we've now come to expect from MoFi SACD releases. Instruments sound natural, not overbearing but perhaps just a tad laid back on a few tracks, allowing one to fully take in JT's soothing vocals. I use Yamaha source components for SACD playback, which are just a tad on the warm side of neutral to my ears. The overall presentation of this recording is very mellow and warm, and you tend to forget that you're listening to a digital transfer rather than an analog format. Amazing. You know it's an excellent mastering job when you pay no attention to the trivial technical details, but become totally immersed in the music instead.Read more ›
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