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on August 8, 2015
I must admit I almost gave up on getting a good copy of this album, but on the 4th try I finally got a good one! The first 3 were all severely warped. I mean it had a huge warp that was noticeable as soon as you put on the turntable for a spin.
This copy as a very small warp that doesn't effect the play or tracking...especially on the lead-in track.
As far as sound this album is crystal clear! It's refreshing to hear a remastered record that has been done nicely and has a very even sound,
The songs speak for themselves. Side one has the best songs James Taylor has ever recorded. I tend to favor it over side two.
Don't get me wrong the 99% of side 2 are great...but James Taylor singing "Steam Roller Blues" just doesn't cut it for me. They could have left this track off and replaced it with another track from some of his first few albums (one that comes to mind is "Highway Song" which is fantastic song) an it would have made this a perfect record...at least for me.
Some people may really like his version, but to me it's just not a good fit for him. Some singer's can sing variety of different style of music...but JT's voice just fits the singer/songwriter,...song's he writes or co-writes like a glove. That's the type of music he was made to compose and sing.
"Mexico" is A favorite of mine on the "Gorilla" album from the mid '70s...one of his lesser played albums I'd say, To be honest, Mexico and "How Sweet It Is...are the only songs I like from that album.
This is a must-have if you don't have his first six albums...and are a James Taylor fan.
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Between 1970 and 1977, James Taylor embodied the role of the sensitive singer/songwriter and released six studio albums for Warner Brothers, yielding such hits as "Fire and Rain" and the million-selling "You've Got a Friend." By the time Taylor released IN THE POCKET (his last for the label in 1976), he had eight Top 40 hits. Unfortunately, two of those hits are not included on this collection. Missing are "Mockingbird" (a Top 10 duet with then-wife Carly Simon) and "Long Ago and Far Away" (a No. 31 hit from MUDSLIDE SLIM that features Joni Mitchell on backing vocals).

Also worth noting is that two songs--"Something in the Way She Moves" and "Carolina in My Mind"--appear in re-recorded versions since the originals appeared on Taylor's self-titled debut on Apple. Also new to this collection was the live rendition of "Steamroller Blues." (A song in which Taylor utilizes the "MF" word.)

I've owned GREATEST HITS since its original release in 1976. (But at ninety-nine cents, I got the download version, too.) This along with Columbia's GREATEST HITS, Vol. 2, makes for a decent overview of Taylor's career. However, an artist of this magnitude really deserves the box set treatment. Until that happens, this is a great place to start. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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on April 5, 2015
This is a fantastic price for a classic collection. For those just beginning their collection of James Taylor music, these are the songs that endeared him to so many people. For those adding to their James Taylor collection, the only thing better would be sitting in the audience of one his extremely entertaining concerts. If anyone buys this CD for a "favorite song", they will be pleasantly surprised to find out they're all good. My recommendation is if you're hesitating, hesitate no more. Buy this awesome CD. Your ears, heart and mind will thank you for it.
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on March 18, 2017
Great Blast from the past. Makes my Husband happy!
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on August 18, 2016
I forgot how amazing LPs sound even compared to CDs. There is a warmth and realism that is lost in the world of digital downloads and compressed audio. I highly recommend this album for anyone getting back into vinyl.
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on April 24, 2017
WONDERFUL MUSICFOR ME.
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on April 25, 2017
Love this album!
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on April 28, 2017
great album
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on April 26, 2017
5 stars
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on March 1, 2017
AAA+++
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