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Sweet Baby James

James Taylor

1970

Sweet Baby James

Album Summary

Sweet Baby James is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor and his first release on Warner Bros. Records. Released in February 1970, the album includes one of Taylor's earliest successful singles: "Fire and Rain", which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself reached number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart. Sweet Baby James made Taylor one of the main forces of the ascendant singer-songwriter movement. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, in 1971. The album was listed at number 104 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2000 it was voted number 228 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.

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Rating

3.25

Votes

5251

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Mom was just telling me yesterday that she wanted to see albums from the likes of James Taylor and Carole King. I told her to be patient, but I guess patience isn't necessary. Previously, I'd heard only "Fire and Rain" from James Taylor, and I love that song. He's a great singer-songwriter, akin to Jim Croce but probably a bit younger and more marketable. This is a solid album, with good lyrics and great guitar work. Also a nice degree of variety, so it doesn't feel like a one-note singer-songwriter project--good use of other instruments. The music feels very organic, and James sound right at home in the different genres he explores. I wouldn't say I love it, but it's very good and enjoyable. Favorite songs: Fire and Rain, Oh Baby Don't You Loose Your Lip On Me, Lo and Behold, Steamroller Blues (up until the point where the horns come in). Album art: This is a pretty classic picture. Fits the genre in that it looks like a senior photo. Wikipedia lore says James was basically homeless and couch surfing when he made this album. For that reason, I'll assume he's not wearing pants. Put some pants on, James. Otherwise, great job.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Craving authenticity, Taylor slathers these songs with as much honey as he can get his hands on. Seems to have worked, as he's treated like an angel by many. Occasionally he sounds like one -- even less frequently these songs have a kick -- but the rest of the time he comes off like exactly the kind of dork who'd approve this album title and cover. He was never going to offer the nutritional value of John Prine or Gram Parsons -- I guess fast food salesman is a decent second place.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

Super nostalgic for me. This is a fantastic album and Sweet Baby James is an all-time great song. James' voice is smooth and effortless. A real treat.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Wow, former president James Taylor. 8/10

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Tue Sep 22 2020
5

Very nice. Exactly one of my styles. really liked the sweet songs

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Wed Oct 28 2020
5

I've owned this album since I was an early teen and don't remember ever listening to it all the way through. I was obsessed with "Sweet Baby James" and "Fire and Rain" as a young kid, think the latter is one of my earliest memories of songs I've heard on the radio. The record is an impressive blend of country, folk, and blues. Bummer I've waited this long to listen all the way through. Favorite tracks: "Fire and Rain", "Steamroller Blues", "Country Road"

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

this sounds like a nice cosy evening with raining outside and just chilling inside

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Sun May 02 2021
5

More looks on here than I knew him for. The blues was particularly good

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Great album. Great acoustic songs, no misses though only a few memorable songs high 4.5

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Fantastic soft rock album

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Absolute perfection, could listen to this album over and over.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Perfect

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

i love this album every song is so good. while i am rating this 5 stars, i acknowledge that i have an extremely positive bias towards this album.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Fuck Facebook! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpDGJbC8RMo&ab_channel=MikeMcCarty I love James Taylor. Fire and Rain is an all-timer.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
4

C'est bien simple, James Taylor est en fait une version évoluée de Gene Clark. En effet, James nous porpose une country impeccable pendant 30 délicieuses minutes, qui parvient même à surclasser celle de son grand ami Eugene Clark. Seul petit bémol, une présence scénique inexistante, James passant l'intégralité de l'album prostré sur son tabouret, à plusieurs mètres du jury. Il faudra travailler l'aspect chorégraphie de sa performance, sans quoi la place en finale risque d'être compromise.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

Pour vous donner un peu de contexte, James Taylor venait d'apprendre juste avant l'enregistrement de cet album que ses deux sourcils n'allaient finalement jamais se rejoindre. Ni une ni deux, les textes de ce projet traiteront essentiellement de cette inquiétude passée. Les démons de Taylor ne s'éclipseront toutefois pas en un clin d'œil et son manque de confiance en lui continuera de transparaître dans Sweet Baby James. On entendra en effet dans plusieurs morceaux l'équipe technique lui murmurer des encouragements tels que « rapproche-toi, n'aie pas peur », « chante un peu plus fort on t'entend pas ici » ou encore « allez James c'est pas le moment de craquer »... Le projet d'enregistrer un album entier était peut-être trop ambitieux.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
2

This album can give you diabetes with a single track

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Couple skippers on this one but all is forgiven. 4.5

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Un classique, j’adore 5*

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Lovely

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

My mom used to listen to a lot of James Taylor when I was a kid and I got very burned out on it, but I was surprised by how much I like it now... maybe I'm getting old. Fire and Rain is great, and Steamroller is fun because Mama Rims used to skip that song because it's too dirty. I still think you need to be in the right mood for James Taylor but I found it pleasantly digestible.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

Always Great. JT is wonderful in every way.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Any artist who uses my name Twice in one album is a rock star in my book! It is amazing how someone so talented had challenges with drug abuse and depression. He has such amazing lyrics that make you stop and listen. He seems to be telling a story of his life and journey in every track. Great talent on loan from God. I just saw him and Carole King doing a live set to an intimate audience and his agent was there. James thanked him for all the years of commitment . I say thank you for all the amazing hits you’ve put out all theses years. His words have healed him and maybe many others

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Obviously Fire and Rain is outstanding, but I really enjoyed the rest of the album a lot. It’s a really interesting mix of big band and country and rock that I didn’t realize existed before.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Simple & brilliant. I love the hits (particularly SBJ, Steamroller, and F&R) but I think the other tracks complement them nicely. I really like this album.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Really, really enjoyed this album. So easy to listen to and I honestly can't believe it came out in 1970! Love the country/Americana/blues vibe. Favorite album so far.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

A tremendous album, I don't know how I've managed to miss it up to now.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Absolutely amazing - the perfect album before bed

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Thu May 06 2021
5

very nice

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Instant mood lifter. Great for the background of a relaxed evening or cooking

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Classic Singer/Songwriter. This album help set the bar for all singer/songwriters to come.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

Every year I get older I get more into James Taylor. A quintessential attribute of my suburban white dad final form I have to assume

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Surprisingly creative and fun folk/blues/rock album! The covers were great and the slower songs were gorgeous, too!

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

This album was really good, easy to listen to. I enjoyed all of the songs! 5/5 stars.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

One of the GOATS

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

Almost tempted to lower this to 4/5 because it's a little cheesy and I've heard the best songs too many times, but it's just too good.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

The classic Dad album. Timeless songwriting and great recording. James Taylor is one of the best lyricists of all time and this album resonates with men of many ages. My dad loved it in his time as do I.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
5

Ohhhh, this is an all time favorite of mine. 5 all day

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Fantastic album. There’s nothing like James Taylor. I could listen to this everyday and find joy in it. What a delight.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

He has such a great voice. I don't love every song on this album, but his guitar and voice is just so great makes it worthy of 5 stars.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

A true treasure of an album, an aural comfort blanket that lifts the soul and warms the heart. James Taylor could sing the phone book and it would still be worth a listen. "Country Road" has a special place in my heart, featuring as it does in one of my most favourite films. Not one wasted second in this album, and one that I will listen to again and again.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

So nice. Makes you want to go fishing all day on a row boat. Fire and rain is one of my favourite songs, but have never really listened to the others.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Beautiful album. Very Bluesy.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Such a beautiful voice

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

rreally good

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Great album, one of the first \"Singer Songwriters\" this is a great album, love \"Sweet Baby Jane\" \"Steamroller Blues\" \"Oh Susannah\" and \"Fire and Rain\" James at his best before the alcohol and male pattern baldness kicked in! Look at that Mane like hair! Great Album Rightfully in the list in my honest opinion.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Baby making music. Fav tracks: " Oh Susanna" " Fire and Rain"

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Yes a good one!!

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Country blues folk rock thing very much enjoyed!

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

This is great. And I don't usually go for this kind of stuff. But every note, every artistic decision, the voicing and just every touch on the album is perfect. Loved it

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Sat May 28 2022
5

I've known of this album for a long time but never given it a proper listen. I loved it. Taylor's voice is just fantastic and coupled with that lovely acoustic guitar playing. Such great stuff.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Yes. Everything.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

They don’t make them like the old ones anymore!

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Love love it.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Classic album

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Great album, comforting vocals, standouts "Fire and Rain", "Sweet Baby James"

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Great music to ease your way into the day. Taylor's voice is so pure and rich and music is simple but beautiful. It goes to show you don't need autotune and digital effects when you have pure, raw singing and songwriting talent. Wish we had more music like this today.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Sooo good!

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

I first fell in love with James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” when I was 10 years old watching Remember the Titans with my parents. After that I listened to more and more of his music and was amazed at his clean vocals and acoustic guitar. He mixes singer-songwriter with blue grass and blues. Even “Oh, Susana” he makes interesting. This is a near perfect album for me.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

This was a fantastic album. What a great voice and great songwriting. I don't know how this album could have been better so I've got to give it the coveted 5 stars.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

super chillig und schön, mit eingestreuten groovy songs

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Thu Oct 15 2020
4

chill and refreshing, nothing stuck tho but definitely will listen again

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

most of this is just very comfy normal folk pop but there are a couple songs that just burst into loud brassy jazz pop partway through and its always a complete suprise. fuckin wild. good album

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Wed Dec 09 2020
4

There's some seriously saccharine stuff here, but when he's on, he's on. Best track: Fire and Rain

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Thu Oct 22 2020
4

Can't deny the James Taylor's talent. And the album is good, really good. However, it is boring.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

I liked the music that was playing!

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Calming jams.

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Mon Jan 04 2021
4

Soothing. The man must have been high when he wrote this album.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Lekkere blues rock - Steamroller is een favoriet. Zang in dat nummer vind ik niet heel bijzonder. In country road komt de zang beter uit de verf, maar is de compositie en gebruikte instrumenten weer meer classic rock. Blossom is dan meer een "simon and garfunkel" vibe. Leuke muzikale afwisseling op het album dus. Niet heel verassend of spannend verder, maar zit wel goed in elkaar.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Smooth like a sweet baby jesus... euh.. james

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

fire and rain gave it a 4

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Surprisingly bluesy.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

A lot more Jesus than I remember. Listened 21/121

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

nice

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Besser als gedacht, ein paar gefallen, manches leider auch arg durch

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Great album, fine acoustic by James Taylor one of those great 70's folk artists such as Jim Croce, a huge friend of him or Joni Mitchell. Very sentimental, true emotion. Love the guitar work.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

We are starting March off, and this week, on a great note. I thought “You’ve Got a Friend” was on this album but these are all new songs to me and I really enjoyed them. James feels like he is exploring the studio space in this album especially on Steamroller Blues and Suite for 20 G. He always reminds me of a very soft rock folksy kind of fella so it was nice to see him try the blues and also cover a few songs too like Oh, Susannah. I liked Fire and Rain and Country Road as well but the standout tracks for me were Lo and Behold and Steamroller Blues. This album was short and sweet but the best part of that was I listened to it twice in a row. The album cover makes it seem like he is slowly getting upset at something but the title of the album and type of music is anything but.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Wasn't sure to start with but nice feel good song writing

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

This kind of folky blues isn't really my thing, but I did actually like this. Last track is a tune.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Fun listen. Has some classics.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Really good album. Soft slow but upbeat. Amazing guitar playing and voice. 10. Must be one of the first artist to refer to themselves in songs (JT) (also sweet baby James) Really like steamroller blues and 11.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

My parents had James Taylor in their music rotation a lot when I was little so most of this album was familiar! Easy to listen to with some pretty classic songs.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Classic album. One of my favorites - takes me back.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Silky throated singer songwriter - with a dark underbelly. Best Tracks: Sweet Baby James, Steamroller Blues, Fire and Rain

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

I have lots of feelings about this being included in the 1001 Albums list. My family owned this album when I was a 10-year old kid and I was a fan, up to a point. I would have never dreamed this album would end up on any sort of must-listen-to kind of list though. This will be the first time I've listened to this album all the way through in about 50 years. The first thing that strikes me is how relatively deadpan and matter of fact Taylor's delivery is. When delivering emotional material, the tendency at the time (and since) was for singers to try and sell the emotion. James Taylor wasn't having any of that. He just said what he had to say like he's having a conversation with a close friend. I find that both moving and comforting. The second revelation is how much he likes country, the blues, gospel, and R&B. That wouldn't have occurred to me back then because I had no real knowledge of music genres at the time--I just knew what I liked. Taylor pulls off his attempts at different genres with various levels of success. He's aces at country (Sweet Baby James, Anywhere Like Heaven), surprisingly good at gospel (Lo and Behold), but his attempts at blues and R&B are more problematic. Oh Baby, Don't You Loose Your Lip On Me isn't bad, I guess, but it can get unintentionally funny sometimes: "Don't you loose your lip on lovin' man JT, whoo hooooooo...." The more subtle injections of R&B into folk material (Oh, Susannah) work, but when goes full throttle (Steamroller, the 2nd half of Suite for 20 G), the results are kind of embarrassing. It's apparent how much he loves R&B, but James Taylor is a Laurel Canyon singer songwriter down to the marrow of his bones. Listening to him to try be Wilson Pickett is like a little kid trying on profanity to seem more like an adult. The production and arrangements (with the exception of the latter have of Suite for 20 G) suit Taylor admirably. The sound is clean, clear and spacious, as are the arrangements. The backing is by Laurel Canyon stalwarts like guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel, and Carole King, as well as a couple of country specialists (Red Rhodes on steel guitar and Chris Darrow on fiddle). I should probably mention that Taylor himself is a decent guitarist. The playing is elegant and understated, in keeping with Taylor's approach. How to rate? Nostalgia will do doubt color my opinion. In a low key way, it was quite ambitious of Taylor to include so many genre elements in this music. More often than not, he succeeds wildly. Occasionally his reach exceeds his grasp, but I feel inclined not to punish him too harshly for that. So, I'll subtract a star for Taylor's embarrassing attempts at full on R&B.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Loved this album! Very easy listening. Nice mix of country, blues, indie(?)

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Thu May 06 2021
4

I knew this day would come. Where I would listen to an album by a 70s white ‘my car and my guitar’ dude and not want to solder my ears closed. And so it came to pass that the plaintive face on the cover, the awful album title and the hackneyed journey-across-America lyrics inspired not anger, but a kind of beatific wonder. There is enough variety in here that I can believe Taylor cares more about crafting tight songs and exploring a range of modes than he is appearing weather-beaten and road-worn. The tropes are just because that’s the voice he was exploring. Don’t like it? Stick around, he’ll find another mode. Perhaps you’ll like that. Maybe it’s Stockholm Syndrome. Maybe my ankle hurt too much yesterday for me to concentrate, but I felt this as part of a long lineage of genuinely talented songsmiths.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

So good

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Very cool

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Great easy listening record, a couple tracks I hadn't heard before that I really liked (Blossom), but the closing track Suite for 20 G is a cheese fest.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Starts out country, ends a little bit rock and roll. Enjoyable and smooth throughout. I wish he'd trim his eyebrows though.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

This album just barely earns a star on the incredible strength of Fire and Rain alone; the rest of the songs were decent to good, but couldn’t live up to that exceptional standard.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Pretty solid. The big hits on this album are incredible: "Sweet Baby James", "Country Road", and of course "Fire and Rain" but a lot of the rest are pretty unmemorable. Wasn't familiar with most of the rest and I'm pretty fine with that.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Erster Gedanke: bitte nicht schon wieder ein weißer, amerikanischer Troubadour. Dann aber: der versteht sein Handwerk. „Sunny Skies“ wurde zwar zu nah am Zott Sahnejoghurt herankomponiert, aber der ganze Rest ist zugegebener Maßen ein völlig gelungen zusammengeworfene, bunte Folk Tüte mit Ausflügen in artverwandte Genres wie Blues („Steamroller“ / „Oh Susanna“). Die Songs werden aufmerksam behandelt und erhalten immer das passende, Qualität hebende Detail wie das Cello Rückgrat in „Fire and Rain“. Vollgepackt mit tollen Sachen, die das Leben schöner machen & dazu cremige 3.8

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Beautiful guitar work, wonderful singing, an almost dreamlike quality as Taylor sings about turnpikes, county lines, cites and steamrollers - a classic American album.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Yeah pretty good ig

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

I liked the blues-y stuff. My memory of James Taylor was more acoustic/folk.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

The album that popularised James Taylor and god bless it for doing so.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

OMG! i was certain i wouldnt like this. but I think I do.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

James Taylor is great. Fire and Rain is one of the best songs ever written. The rest of the album is good.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album. James Taylor's more soulful and bluesy songs made me realize just what a versatile vocal he is. I've always known him more as a folk singer/songwriter, but this album truly showed off his range. I'm only giving it four starts because there's nothing that's terribly new or groundbreaking on this album, but it is executed to perfection.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

Some of the tracks on this album I have heard dozens of times, and I'll still listen to them again. I haven't listened to James Taylor in a while. I had forgotten how much I like "Sweet Baby James" and "Country Road". "Fire and Rain" is a classic. Even though I'm not excited for every song on this album, it's easily a re-play for me.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

Excellent album. James Taylor’s guitar and singing is one of a kind. He takes simple songs and makes them special. Fire and Rain is a classic and this album is great easy listening from beginning to end. 8.3/10

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Fav songs: - Lo and Behold

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

I enjoyed this album! Would listen again

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Smooth with some classic songs. The funky stuff hasn't aged so well

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

21. Sweet Baby James - James Taylor - 11 tracks. This is good. This is really good. A tiny bit Country, a little bit Folk. The double bass also gives it.... Soul? but heavy Blues influence too. A real roller-coaster of a journey. This is a proper album. Fire and Rain is amazing. 4/5

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Liked it.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

School has started and the written reviews take too much time. Going to stick with the star ratings for now.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Oh Susannah & Fire and Rain...

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Rounded up to 4 out of spite

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

that was a pretty cool album, I’ll give it a 7/10 I also listened to Mud Slide Jim and liked that album a little bit more, I’ll give that one an 8/10 overall this dudes pretty cool

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

I've never really sat down and listened to James Taylor, and to be honest I had the guy mixed up in my head with Jimmy Buffet. Ha! Once I realized (happily) I wouldn't be hearing Margaritaville, I settled into the album and was pleasantly surprised. James' vocals are so rich and clear, I couldn't help but be immediately drawn in. The album had it's share of folky ballads, which I expected, but the blend of country, folk, blues and even the touch of gospel provided far more musical diversity and depth than I expected. I think the tracks "Lo and Behold", "Steamroller Blues", "Oh Baby, Don't You Loose your Lip on Me" and the latter half of "Suite for 20 G" show this well. Given James' music remains ubiquitous to this day, it's undeniable that his music deserves it's place in this list. I've been remiss for dismissing it on account of having heard the "big hits" umpteen-million times, so next time I'm relaxing on a lazy day, I know where to go digging.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Decent.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Un album de folk con algunos tintes bluseros. De muy fácil escucha y melodías agradables con una voz super dulce de parte de James. Gran disco, con la cantidad de canciones justas

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

noit bad

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Already knew the song fire & rain, hadn't heard the rest before. At first I was like ehhh but then it started growing on me about a third of the way in. I would probably give it a 3.5 but I'll round up to 4

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Easy listening! Smooth guitar, very comfy 60s-70s sound. Feels like it's been in plenty of movies.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

The timbres and textures are outstanding. The combination of James’s voice, the mix, and the omnipresent ambient noise makes this record a warm experience. It brings some kind of intimacy. A refuge. I can definitely see The Black Keys covering some of these songs. Love it!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Well... I didn't think I'd like it based on the first song, but then I played the CD on a loop while I worked, so I guess I did like it. Great work music!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Coming out of the 60s strong with a decently diverse folk country album with substantial hat tips to jazz and the South. Similar guitar phrasing fraternity as Paul Simon, piano that you know made Ben Folds listen. And at least two timeless classic tracks. An LP that 14yo S&G me is kicking myself I missed.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

très agrèable de bon matin

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Good vibes!✌️

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Super sympa au coin du feu avec un verre de whisky.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Some classic songs on this album, including A Long Way from Anywhere, which I sang at school. It's disconcerting to realise I still know my part, and all the lyrics roll straight off my tongue. Fire and Rain, Suzannah, are standouts, but I feel the same mix of attraction and repulsion to some of the more saccharine numbers. Some lovely guitar work, and the inimitable JT voice - know it anywhere. Some cringey appropriations. No blues singer, really. Even so, I'd give this 4 stars.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Thanks James. From James

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

I've never been a huge JT fan. I love his hits, seen him live, etc. But never bought an album. I guess that it's 'cause I've never been much into many of the 60/70s singer songwriters.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Used to love this album but sounds a bit soft these days.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Pretty good folk sound with some blues

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Zabavno i poletno, svidilo mi se jer je baš moj stil Pogotovo mi je dobra pisma Steamroller Blues. Cili album je cozy i James Taxlor ima dobar glas!

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

I really liked this! Going to have to learn Anywhere Like Heaven

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

shockingly, fire and rain are not THAT much better than the rest of the album

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Just a good singer songwriter. No edge but some nice country and blues elements. Enjoyed listening to this one and will come back to it.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

Very enjoyable, relaxing

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Mescalito

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Great stuff. Not something I'd listen to just anytime, but a perfect album for, say, a Sunday morning.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

My mom loves James Taylor- he’s very chill- kinda made me want to road trip with the windows down-

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

chilled out country and western, what's not to like!

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Smooth, beautiful baritone, amazing and very individual guitar style. As laid back as it is possible to get.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

Some great songs

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Good album. Would listen again

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Fantastic group of folk songs mixed with a tinge of jazz and country, interesting he was dating Joni Mitchell at this point. There was some strong tracks but it isn’t a five stars for me:)

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Tue May 10 2022
4

Solid

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Tue May 17 2022
4

The first half is random country music; the second half is pretty good acoustic rock.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Call me an old softie, but I do love me a bit of James Taylor. And Sweet Baby James was my son's baby song.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

3.5

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

4.1 - Listening to James Taylor sing the blues reminds of the South Park episode where Butters becomes a pimp. If he weren't so damn good at it, it'd be hilariously awful but instead it ends up being pretty awesome and endearing. Standouts: "Steamroller", "Fire and Rain", "Suite for 20 G."

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Ljúft og gott. Þægileg rödd. Góð nærvera í tónlistinni.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

Country-tinged singer-songwriter music does not sound like my bag, but damn this is a beauty. Lovely song writing. Great voice, great music which draws from blues, country and folk. How does he make songs about cowboys and Jesus sound so profound? 4*

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Sweet, baby james!

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Lovely, and all jokes aside he makes a fine album.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

This is the epidemy of slipping into a hot soapy bath with a glass of your favourite beverage (up to you). The music's soft nature in Sweet Baby James has a ring of melancholy and despair to it, which reflects Taylor's lyrics very well I find. Never heard one of his songs before and only knew him from The Simpsons and the fact he inspired the opening lyrics of George Harrison's Something. But have that aside from a few meh blues numbers, it's a welcome addition to my Spotify. Really enjoyed Fire and Rain, and the title track the most.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
4

Beautiful

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

good country music, lots of emotion

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Se me hizo de lo más agradable que nos ha tocado del estilo singer-songwriter: una voz bonita y sin exageraciones, buenos arreglos para todos los instrumentos pero en especial para la guitarra, momentos un tanto blueseros mientras que otros son totalmente country y hacen una buen balance. Los puntos bajos fueron la carga religiosa (que es de esperarse en el género, zona y época) y la de "Oh, Susannah" que no logro tomar en serio.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Beautiful amazing album. The reason it's a 4 instead of 5 is due to the fact it has cover songs. I wish it was all originals.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Sonzao legal

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Grew up on this, the greatest hit songs are timeless, the rest are a bit weak but a 4 nonetheless.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I was ready to rate this low, but just got better as the album went on!

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Love this album! Classic, sweet, fun...

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Former president James Taylor may have the most pleasant voice of all time. Just a nice folk album to listen to on a rainy day. "Ant's huh? We had quite a severe ant problem at the vineyard this year. I had Art Garfunkel come by with his compressor, and we created a total vacuum outside the house, and we blew the ants out the front door. But I'm sure you high-tech NASA people could care less about our resort-town ways."

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

"Sweet Baby James" is the second studio album for James Taylor. James was essentially homeless at the time of the recording and this album made him one of the biggest singer-songwriters at the time. Descriptors are folk, soft rock, country and soft rock. You hear all that at different times. I guess I knew what I was in for, somewhat. This is very listenable and good even if it's not exactly my main style of music. Although, I'm not sure what my main style style of music is nowadays. It probably hits the spot with all the other styles of music I heard at Lollapalooza. I sure didn't come across a folk singer or a James Taylor there. The album starts with "Sweet Baby James and sets the tone with a folk song about a cowboy. "Steamroller" is more blues-focused with horns and is one of my favorite songs on the album. The first single "Fire and Rain" starts side two. Great lyrics and is the one song I think of when James Taylor is mentioned. I love the sadly beautiful piano matching the lyrics perfectly. The second and final single "Anywhere Like Heaven" continues the folk-style and the guitar gives this more of a country feel. The album ends with a more rockin' song "Suite for 20 G." A song he needed to finish for the album and is one of the best on the album with a great guitar jam and horns. I enjoyed listening to this album. It is solidly produced and musically executed. It is easy to see why it was successful. I enjoyed the more bluesy songs which I didn't expect. His voice fits perfectly.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Much better than I thought. Listened twice and it generated some good follow-up

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Love me some smooth as silk JT. Legend.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Catchy stuff Really dig it all. Good voice and talented writer Chad stokes of the 70s

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Cosy and very sweet to listen to. Highly liked to listen to the whole thing.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Warm and calming voice, Gentle soft rock, Easy listening

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Not a long album, but packed with reliably good folk with blends of country and blues, interesting singing and overall good listening.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

So many memories of my childhood are tied up in this album.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Some classic tunes here. Fire and Rain, of course is an all-time great song. Country Road and the title track are also favorites of mine. I prefer the live version of Steamroller Blues, but this one is still fun. JT has a really great blues feel and throws it around in many spots. His jazzy bluegrass on Oh Susanna is another great example of his great musicianship.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

It’s a really decent folk-singer-songwriter album nicely surprised by it… Side one as a whole is amazing with the title track as an opener being an amazing display of his sound kinda reminding me a bit of Nick Drake; but this is nothing in comparison to the 3 track run of Lo and behold (an otherwise stander song but has an amazing “happy clappy chorus), the upbeat sunny skies (a song that sounds destined to be a single (which thankfully it was)) and the bluesy bash steamroller. Country road has to be one of the most instrumentally pleasing tracks that I’ve herd in a long time like sunny skies it sounds like a single. Ending the side is the short and tender oh Susanna. Fire and rain begins side two with this man’s best song a perfect mix of enjoyable yet passionate! Blossom is another banger instrumentally it’s so lovely. Anywhere like heaven is also amazing I love the picking on this one. The worst track ( oh baby, don’t lose your lip on me) follows ( luckily this one is fairly short). Suite for 20g is a brilliant closer a track that goes from sombre and folky to a “rock and roll” tune. It’s probably a 4, but very close to a 5.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Steamroller was unexpected after the first three tracks, and demonstrates a potential for a greater variety of material. It is a shame that the album rests purely on standard country influenced ballads with the exception of Steamroller and Oh Baby, Don't you loose your lip on me (where he manages a very convicing Steve Miller impersonation). Not really in my wheelhouse but very competently done and worthy of respect on it's own terms. Can anyone explain why Fire and Rain has 250 million + streams?

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Much better than expected, and more variety too. A classic!

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Nice to chill out to

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Classic.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Love me some James

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

An enjoyable album, would be good on a road trip or a porch.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Really liked this one

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Sweet (Baby James) album. Can't go wrong with JT. 4/5.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I’m all for this old school folk/country. It probably helped I was driving on a highway for most of it, so it just worked well.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Simple and fantastic! Great songwriting and he has a beautiful, effortless voice

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Sweet, beautiful, melancholic and peaceful.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

I did really enjoy this

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

симпатичное из 70х немного/много кантри

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

What an interesting album. James Taylor is a great songwriter with a very nice voice, but the style can get a little redundant to listen to after a minute. But then, out of nowhere, two big band tracks break up the monotony. I liked this a lot. Favorite track: Suite for 20 G

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

Love James Taylor. This album has my favorite song by him, "Fire and Rain"

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

It's stating the bloody obvious but I love the simplicity of singer songwriters. No clutter, no fuss. Just the songs and a stripped down approach to music. It's a very honest way of working and shows a great belief in your own talents. James Taylor carries this off effortlessly. There's a real mix of styles here, but the singer songwriter thing holds it all together. Some of the gospel reminded me of Alabama 3 - without the drugs; there was also nursery rhyme style chants that were oddly appealing. Steamroller Blues shows that JT has a sense of humour. I had no idea this was the original. I only previously knew the Elvis cover. Four stars on the first listen, probably five once I become more familiar with the songs.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

The original JT! So smooth. Iconic.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Easy. Nice. Short.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

I think James Taylor is a great songwriter and I initially thought I'd be giving this album a 5/5. The standout tracks on this album are massive standouts for me, however, this album actually has some skip tracks for me as well. Some of the more bluesy songs I'm not as into. If I could I would probably give this album a 3.5, though since I know how strong James Taylor's output can be I'll round up to 4. Standout Tracks: Sweet Baby James, Country Road, Fire and Rain, Anywhere like Heaven, Suite for 20 G

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

smooth, classic

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Sun Nov 01 2020
3

Spotify. Not for me. Fire and Rain is good.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Pretty relaxing. I like the sound of this album.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Didn’t really connect with the lyrics - maybe need to live in the south USA and drive a truck. Some nice music though

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

That confused me. Had some banging guitar bits but was also really shit in some parts.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Fine tracks, nice easy listening.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Buttery smooth voice. Now I know what a slide guitar is. I couldn’t tell if his blues songs were like a 70s version of what Macklemore, Post Malone, or Eminem are to hip hop.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Honestly pretty mellow and pretty good. Definitely thought this was a black guy my whole life. Solid listen.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

James Taylor is a talented songwriter, singer, and guitarist, but for me his music is sort of bland and not super interesting. 3 stars.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Old 70s Country with a hint of blues. Not really my type of music, but still pretty relaxing to listen to.

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