Craft Records Lets James Taylor’s ‘One Man Band’ LP Reissue Shine on Vinyl (ALBUM REVIEW)

After fifty years of making music, James Taylor has become one of the best-selling artists of all time. In 1970 he had his breakthrough with the song “Fire and Rain”, which he then followed up with his version of the Carole King song “You’ve Got a Friend”. The latter took him to No. 1 on the charts. As with many artists, as popularity grows so does the stage production of their shows. Taylor decided that he wanted to do a tour that would take him back to his roots as a singer-songwriter. The One Man Band tour was just Taylor singing and playing guitar with Larry Goldings on piano, organ and bass. The tour ended with a five-night homecoming at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where the performances were recorded. Originally, One Man Band was released in CD and DVD format in 2007. For the first time, One Man Band is being released as a double-LP vinyl on Craft Recordings. The double-LP is packaged in a deluxe gatefold jacket and plays beautifully on any turntable.

In addition to classics like “Fire and Rain,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Country Road,” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” Taylor also played deeper cuts like “Chili Dog” and “Slap Leather.” Those last two included the use of a “drum machine” built by Taylor and his friend Gordon Fairfield and a large mechanical device that physically plays drums.

There is something satisfying about listening to One Man Band on vinyl, as opposed to a CD or streaming. It is most likely the nostalgic feeling that you get when you put the needle on the record and hear a timeless song like “You’ve Got a Friend” play over the speakers. Of course, the 180-gram vinyl sounds a lot better than that used vinyl copy of Sweet Baby James that has lasted since the 70’s. Being that this is a live recording and it’s the first time it’s being released on vinyl, it is a perfect addition for someone who has heard the hits and would like to hear more of James Taylor as well as the lifetime Taylor fans. Music fans can’t go wrong by listening to an artist that The Beatles themselves signed to Apple Records in the sixties.

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