James Taylor Before This World on LIMITED CLEAR VINYL 180g LP
First Album of New Songs Since 2002's October Road!
Featuring Longtime Members of His Band Plus Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Wife Kim & Son Henry
Five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor returns with Before This World, the legendary singer/songwriter's first album of new songs since 2002's platinum-selling October Road. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave O'Donnell, Before This World features ten songs, nine of which are brand new James Taylor compositions.
Recorded at his home studio The Barn, in Washington, MA, Taylor
enlisted the longtime members of his band for the sessions including
bassist Jimmy Johnson, drummer Steve Gadd, guitarist Michael Landau, keyboardist Larry Goldings, percussionist Luis Conte, fiddler and vocalist Andrea Zonn and vocalists Arnold McCuller, David Lasley and Kate Markowitz.
Taylor also called on close friends Yo-Yo Ma and Sting to add their remarkable talent to the new album; (Ma's cello is heard on "You And I Again" and "Before This World"; Sting
added vocals to "Before This World"). Additionally, Taylor's wife Kim
and son Henry sing harmony on "Angels Of Fenway" and the classic folk
tune "Wild Mountain Thyme."
On Before This World, Taylor continues to
explore many of the themes that have absorbed him throughout his
career. "My sort of self-expression and the autobiographical aspect of
my work is a thru-line that links all my albums together," he explains.
"I think I have grown musically, and I think people can hear it in what I
played in '68, and you can hear it in what I'm singing about now. It is
ongoing, it's still me, but it's still evolving."
Offering heartfelt reflection and insight from a life well lived,
Taylor traces the road's healing allure ("Stretch of the Highway"),
revisits themes of recovery, ("Watchin' Over Me"), offers a song for
agnostics ("Before This World"), looks at love's mystical properties
("You And I Again") as well as the redemptive spirit of baseball
("Angels Of Fenway"), and the beginning of his remarkable journey,
("Today Today Today"), the album's first track.
"When I set out to record a new song, I have an idea, in my mind's
ear, of how it should sound," he explains in the album's liner notes.
"It is rare that the finished product entirely measures up, indeed,
sometimes I'm utterly surprised by where the session takes it. This time
I'm completely satisfied that each of these ten songs is where it's
meant to be."
One of the defining musical figures of our time, James Taylor
continues to express himself and touch our lives with the enduring
songs he creates. "I really just feel as if I want to make music now,"
he adds. "I've done a lot of thinking about why I continue to be
compelled to do this kind of work, but I still feel a huge connection
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