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  • Audio CD (October 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TRAINWRECK RECORDS
  • ASIN: B002LAT58U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Chip Taylor s Yonkers, NY Tells Tale Of Bastard Brothers, Golfing FBI Dad, Horses And Girls

Chip Taylor has waited his whole life to release Yonkers, NY.

Because it s the story of how his whole life began.

Out September 29 on Train Wreck Records, Taylor's newest album is a heartfelt and endearing window into the life of a young man learning about music, horses, girls, -- and family. Set in the small bedroom community just north of the Bronx that's the album's namesake, 'Yonkers, NY' finds the gifted storyteller chronicling his upbringing in a style that ranges from poignant and affecting to wry, and occasionally truly hilarious.

Raised by a father that worked as a golf pro (although he managed to convince his youngest son for years that he was also an FBI agent) along with his two brothers, actor Jon Voight and renowned scientist Dr. Barry Voight, on the album Taylor assumes the character of young Jamie -- as Taylor was known back then -- and the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a young man finding his way, occasionally beset by fate, and on the standout track Bastard Brothers, some particularly wily siblings.

A prodigious and prolific talent, Taylor's status as one of the most notable songwriters in American music is secure, and he's won major praise in recent years for a series of acclaimed recordings and collaborations. Says the NY Times: if you only know him as the as the guy who wrote Wild Thing and Angel of the Morning - you don t know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today.

With songs performed by Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and Willie Nelson among countless others, Taylor has penned dozens of classics, from the aforementioned "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" to Janis Joplin signature "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" and the Hollies hit "I Can't Let Go." On 'Yonkers,NY,' Taylor tells the story of the path that lead him there, through an eleven song cycle that spans his childhood and adolescence, filled with warmth and humor, enlivened with spoken reminiscences, and packaged with a book of lyrics and vintage photos of the people and places that are their subjects.

Yonkers, NY will be released in a deluxe package with a 35-page book designed by Andy Taray. The book is filled with photographs of Taylor's family and, of course, Yonkers itself, and also contains lyrics to all the songs, as well as Taylor's commentary on them. The album will contain two discs, one of which will have the full cycle, including Taylor's spoken material, in which he tells stories and shares memories of this period of his life, the second of which will contain edited versions, with just the songs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Reid on June 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I picked it up for the title (I live in Yonkers these days).

What a great record. He's written a lot of hits but never been too big a name himself, and this record sounds like "hey, I'm ready to just do what I want" and it comes off well. Great tunes, and a great country-type band.

It comes with 2 CD's with the same songs. Why? Because these songs are autobiographical and sometimes need a bit of explaining. But you'll want to hear the songs over again, and maybe not the explanations. So one is like a singer/storyteller, with song interspersed with story; the other is just the song sequence.

Anyone who like Americana, this is recommended.
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I like this album above all that he has done prior for the exception of Last Chance. Chip displays his artistic talent singing and writing good songs
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