Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the February 2012 Issue of Stereophile & Rated 9/10 Music, 9/10 Sonics in his February 2012 reviews on musicangle.com!
TAS Audiophile Demo Disc!
James Taylor JT on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity! Half-Speed Mastered From the Original Analog Tapes: Sweet Baby James' Voice, Acoustic Guitar Never Warmer!
Taylor's 1977 Columbia Debut Re-Established His Place As Leading Folk-Rock Troubadour. All-Star Cast Assists Taylor In Exploring All Sides of Domestic Issues, Earning Triple-Platinum Album!
James Taylor’s best-selling record since 1970’s hallmark Sweet Baby James,
1977’s JT takes its permanent place as one of the singer’s most enduring albums,
an affair that gorges on country, blues, and rock styles and incisive
songwriting. As the preeminent singer-songwriter’s Columbia debut, it catapulted
him back into the limelight and reestablished his place as the era’s
leading-edge folk-rock troubadour.
Half-speed mastered from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s
numbered limited-edition 180g LP possesses a warmth, immediacy, and intimacy
that surpasses that available on any of Taylor’s prior albums. The singer’s
comforting voice, breath control, and enchanting guitar lines sound as if they
pour right out of the studio control room, and the splendid array of backing
instrumentation is balanced, vivid, and dynamic. You’ve never heard Taylor this
realistic, warm, or lively.
More than any other of his records, the triple-platinum JT features all sides of
Taylor’s lyrical persona. Optimistic, content material fills half of the set
while Taylor also reveals a darker, moodier identity on a number of songs that
keep the 12-track set alternating between shade and light, shadow and sun. He
turns romantic and blissful on the touching ballad “There We Are,” praises the
power of love on “Your Smiling Face,” and enchants with the graceful “Secret
In addition to the domestic bliss, Taylor also expresses surprise and cynicism
on “Honey Don’t Leave L.A.,” delves into despair on “Another Grey Morning,” and
invites sardonic tones on “Bartender’s Blues.” The result is a complete picture
of an extraordinary songwriter, and accurate sketches of the mixed emotions so
many of us feel. Taylor’s ability to capture deep-seeded feelings, and set them
to lyrical and musical poetry, explains why we relate to him on such a
meta-level. It’s also why his music, particularly JT, remains timeless.
Taylor doesn’t do it all alone. JT benefits from an all-star support cast.
Iconic singers Carly Simon and Linda Ronstadt supply background vocals,
saxophone great David Sanborn plays the horn, Russ Kunkel mans the percussion,
and legendary arranger David Campbell oversees the strings and woodwinds. It’s
no wonder why many fans consider this gorgeous collection of Laurel Canyon
pop-rock Taylor’s finest.
Mobile Fidelity is honored to have given this easy listening late-'70s gem the
sonic restoration befitting its brilliant musical content. Whether you’ve never
heard this record or know it inside and out, this 180g analog reissue will open
your ears to previously hidden details ranging from pedal-steel guitar accents
to honky-tonk tonalities that add to the overall enjoyment. Taylor’s funky
rhythms, too, gain in stature, as does his meticulous command of pace and tempo.
"While the production may sound a bit slick, it's such sweet ear candy, you won't care. Val Garay gets the instruments remarkably well separated in space and give you a kick drum and electric bass you can latch onto and ride. All of the instruments receive the same clean, unprocessed treatment and as good as the original Columbia pressing was, Mobile Fidelity does it even better, striking the perfect balance between warmth and clarity. The original's dynamics can't match this edition. There's plenty worth listening in on within these mixes and the mastering and pressing open a transparent, revealing window onto the action." - Michael Fremer, musicangle.com Music 9, Sound 9!
• 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 Gatefold Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Your Smiling Face
2. There We Are
3. Honey Don't Leave L.A.
4. Another Grey Morning
5. Bartender's Blues
6. Secret O' Life
1. Handy Man
2. I Was Only Telling A Lie
3. Looking For Love On Broadway
4. Terra Nova
5. Traffic Jam
6. If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight