James Taylor ‘Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon’ feat. ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ is his third studio album released on March 16, 1971 by Warner Bros.
Track Listing : 1.Love Has Brought Me Around (James Taylor) – 02:41 . 2.You’Ve Got A Friend (Carole King) – 4:28 . 3.Places In My Past (James Taylor) – 02:01 . 4.Riding On A Railroad (James Taylor) – 02:41 . 5.Soldiers (James Taylor) – 01:13 . 6.Mud Slide Slim (James Taylor) – 05:20 . 7.Hey Mister, That’S Me Up On The Jukebox (James Taylor) – 03:46 . 8.You Can Close Your Eyes (James Taylor) – 02:31 . 9.Machine Gun Kelly (Danny Kortchmar) – 2:37 . 10.Long Ago And Far Away (James Taylor) – 02:20 . 11.Let Me Ride (James Taylor) – 02:42 . 12.Highway Song (James Taylor) – 03:51 . 13.Isn’T It Nice To Be Home Again (James Taylor) – 00:55
Musicians : James Taylor – Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals . Peter Asher – Tambourine, Backing Vocals . Richard Greene – Fiddle . John Hartford – Banjo . Wayne Jackson – Trumpet . Kevin Kelly – Piano, Accordion . Carole King – Piano, Backing Vocals . Danny Kortchmar – Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Congas . Russ Kunkel – Drums, Congas, Tambourine, Cabasa, Cowbell, Small Cymbals . Andrew Love – Tenor Saxophone . Leland Sklar – Bass . The Memphis Horns – Horns . Gail Haness – Backing Vocals . Joni Mitchell – Backing Vocals . Kate Taylor – Backing Vocals . Steven Edney – Backing Vocals
Production : Produced By Peter Asher . Richard Orshoff – Engineer
Recorded January 3 – February 28, 1971 At Crystal Sound Studios, Los Angeles.
Released On March 16, 1971 By Warner Bros..
Taylor has a wonderful knack for transporting you to places with his songs, whether it’s walking along a bayou or sailing in a boat on the ocean, or sitting in a bar listening to sad songs. […]
The commercial and critical achievement of Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon assured that James Taylor was not going to go down as a one-shot wonder. He didn’t really change anything in the way he makes music; heck, he hadn’t changed all that much from then to today, either. […]
But if these things, along with a melodic and lyrical beauty and accessibility, recommend James to a substantial audience, there are less respectable qualities which helped put him over the top. He is the purveyor of a fashionable soft sound. […]