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Great Album...As Long As It's Not Warped
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.