James Taylor – Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon (1971/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

James Taylor – Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon (1971/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:22 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Pop, Rock
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Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon was originally released in 1971 and is James Taylor’s third album, following the breakthrough album Sweet Baby James. The album did very well upon its release and featured the hit single “You’ve Got a Friend” (originally by Carole King), which became Taylor’s only #1 hit on the Billboard Charts. The album peaked at #2 on the charts in 1971. James Taylor won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1972 for “You’ve Got a Friend”.

James Taylor’s commercial breakthrough in 1970 was predicated on the relationship between the private concerns expressed in his songs and the larger philosophical mood of his audience. He was going through depression, heartbreak, and addiction; they were recovering from the political and cultural storms of the ’60s. On his follow-up to the landmark Sweet Baby James, Taylor brought his listeners up to date, wisely trying to step beyond the cultural, if not the personal, markers he had established. Despite affirming romance in songs like “Love Has Brought Me Around” and the moving “You Can Close Your Eyes” as well as companionship in “You’ve Got a Friend,” the record still came as a defense against the world, not an embrace of it; Taylor was unable to forget the past or trust the present. The songs were full of references to the road and the highway, and he was uncomfortable with his new role as spokesman. The confessional songwriter was now, necessarily, writing about what it was like to be a confessional songwriter: Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon served the valuable function of beginning to move James Taylor away from the genre he had defined, which ultimately would give him a more long-lasting appeal.

01 – Love Has Brought Me Around
02 – You’ve Got A Friend
03 – Places In My Past
04 – Riding On A Railroad
05 – Soldiers
06 – Mud Slide Slim
07 – Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Jukebox
08 – You Can Close Your Eyes
09 – Machine Gun Kelly
10 – Long Ago And Far Away
11 – Let Me Ride
12 – Highway Song
13 – Isn’t It Nice To Be Home Again

James Taylor – guitar, piano, vocals
Peter Asher – tambourine, backing vocals
Richard Greene – fiddle
Gail Haness – backing vocals
John Hartford – banjo
Wayne Jackson – trumpet
Doug Bartenfeld – Guitar
Kevin Kelly – piano, accordion
Carole King – piano, backing vocals
Danny Kortchmar – guitar, conga
Russ Kunkel – drums, percussion
Andrew Love – tenor saxophone
Leland Sklar – bass
Joni Mitchell – backing vocals
Kate Taylor – backing vocals