James Taylor Dad Loves His Work Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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Michael Fremer Rated 8/10 Music, 9/10 Sonics in his March 2012 reviews on www.musicangle.com!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
James Taylor Dad Loves His Work on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from
Taylor's Emotional Juggernaut and Musical Marvel Simmers With Honesty,
Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: 1981 Classic Has Never
Sounded So Real
Contemplative Record Contains Some of Best Songwriting of Taylor's Career
Recorded amidst a failing marriage, ongoing heroin addiction, alcohol
dependency, and a sense of fading commercial prowess, James Taylor’s Dad Loves
His Work is an emotional juggernaut and musical marvel. Long considered a
classic of the singer-songwriter domain, the 1981 effort stands as Taylor’s last
real “great” album and an involving aural artwork that simmers with honesty,
conviction, and feeling.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition 180g LP marks the first time this classic has been properly
remastered. Far exceeding the sonics of Sony’s CD reissue, this audiophile
version lifts up the cover on a world of sound, with Taylor’s mellow
finger-picked guitar melodies, gently reassuring vocals, and bittersweet
deliveries brought to the fore. Listeners will also be able to relax amidst the
soft clouds of comforting background singing by ace guests Jennifer Warnes, J.D.
Souther, and Peter Asher.
With the title reflecting the singer’s answer to his then-wife, Carly Simon, Dad
Loves His Work remains a statement of certainty and priority that Taylor invests
with devastating poignancy, physiological soulfulness, and universal pathos.
Balancing the biting edginess and forlorn despair with equal parts
self-deprecating humor and rapier wit, Taylor’s songwriting on such nuggets as
“Hard Times,” “Hour That the Morning Comes,” and charged “Stand and Fight” is
among the best of his career.
No surprise, then, that Taylor wasn’t only looking at and reflecting upon his
own life, but that of his relationship with his own father and ancestors. The
emotional repercussions involved with such looming themes trickle through the
harmony-laden music, spurred by the vocalist’s trademark acoustic guitar,
shivering harmonicas, Rhodes pianos, myriad percussive devices, and tasteful
Taylor’s definitive duet with Souther on “Her Town Too” bridged both the pop and
adult-contemporary charts, catapulting Dad Loves His Work in the Top Ten and
past sales of one million copies. Similarly, Taylor expands his horizons on the
politically motivated “Sugar Trade,” co-written by Jimmy Buffett.
Mobile Fidelity’s collectible audiophile 180g LP brings you into Taylor’s
private world with unparalleled intensity and extreme closeness. Taylor feels
every word he sings on this record, and now, thanks to meticulous remastering
efforts, his expressiveness and sensitivity coming through via unencumbered
transparency and dynamic acoustics. This edition of Dad Loves His Work is not to
"Mobile Fidelity's mastering hits the sonic nail on the head tonally, dynamically and spatially so if this is one of your Taylor faves—and it has its fans—you will be happy with this reissue." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8/10, Sound 9/10
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Hard Times
2. Her Town Too
3. Hour That The Morning Comes
4. I Will Follow
5. Believe It Or Not
1. Stand And Fight
2. Only For Me
3. Summer's Here
4. Sugar Trade
5. London Town
6. That Lonesome Road