- Audio Cassette (November 19, 1991)
- Label: EMI Distribution
- ASIN: B00000EFPE
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is a fantastic folk album, and shows a different aspect of his talents in that he is much more somber, reflective, and open about his own uncertainties and personal troubles in the songs he sings, and in the delivery as well. But many of my favorites are here, including a spare and lean version of "Something In The Way She Moves", "Carolina In My Mind", and "Rainy Day Man". Yet I actually prefer many of the other cuts, such as "Brighten Your Night With My Day", "Don't Talk Now" and Something's Wrong". My all time favorite song from this album is a sleeper that he never plays and that no one else seems to be familiar with, a traditional song called "Circle Round The Sun".Read more ›
There is a tender sensitivity to this album reflecting a great deal of JT's emotional experience in his early years. His songs tell of warm loving relationships, expressed through greatly tender poetry. There is a softness and vulnerability in his voice, lyrics,and music we never see quite the same in his later productions.
"Something in the Way She Moves"
"And I feel fine any time she's around me now;
She's around me now almost all the time.
And if I'm well you can tell she's been with me now
She's been with me now, quite a long long time,
and I feel fine"'
"Circle Round the Sun"
"I love my baby, and she's bound to love me some;
Let me say that I love my baby,
And she's bound to love me some.
Now she throws her arms around me,
Like a circle round the sun, yeah".
"Sounds of laughter, here comes sunshine;
Smiling faces all around;
They possess you, bless you sunshine
Now, you can never let them down
I say sunshine".
This album was always there for me when I shared the same vulnerabilities James had in his youth.Read more ›
Taylor isn't about to bring high excitement to anyone, but as for relaxation and groove, he's got plenty. It's not that easy to put 'bite' into 'mellow' - here he does just that. Let's not forget a sense of humor, which inhabits some of the songs - always portrayed with a quiet, confident touch.
Here, his voice doesn't come off nearly so reedy as later on in his career; nor is there even a twinge of his later, more lukewarm and self-absorbed, almost jaded sound. At this early stage, everything was dovetailing together quite nicely. If you don't mind the understatement, it's very elegantly, and eloquently done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've owned this album on vinyl for years and was thrilled to see that it's still available in CD format. Very nicely done especially for a first album.Published on January 7, 2014 by Jan Murphy
This eponymous album is seldom heard since its release in February, 1969; not many of the selections end up on his tour "catalog," and with the exception of a couple of them here... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Brian Driver
There are a lot of people more aware of James Taylor trailblazing music on Warner Brothers but not so much aware of this album. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
Seldom seen 1st LP on Apple label. One of his best with interesting orchestral segues between songs. Was out of print forever; nice to see it back.Published on February 12, 2011 by Terry R. Hall
This 1968 album was very hard to find from 1972 to 1995.
It finally was reissued and well remastered for the public when Apple started its reissue series. Read more