Greatest Hits is the first compilation album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor. Released in November To this day, it is the best-selling album of his career. The album took place in the context of Taylor's end of his recording contract with Warner Records. It features redone versions of " Carolina in My Mind " and " Something in the Way She Moves ", both of which had been previously included on Taylor's self-titled debut album in It also includes a previously unavailable live version of " Steamroller ". The album did not rise higher than 23 on the Billboard albums chart on its original release. However it became a steady seller for many years, and Greatest Hits has sold over 11,, copies certifying it as a Platinum album eleven times over, and a diamond album once for 10 million copies.
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Knocked as a too-sensitive singer-songwriter type back when that was considered a pejorative , James Taylor ended up defying the critics. And not just because he stuck around. Beginning with an embryonic start in with Apple Records, Taylor crafted a career filled with more than its share of sly humor and nifty little grooves to go with those admittedly frank confessionals and delicately constructed reminiscences. We've plucked a series of favorites from his self-titled debut, his '70s heyday and even a couple of late-period triumphs to fashion our list of the Top 10 James Taylor Songs. Recorded for the Beatles ' boutique Apple label, this track — given a suitably prosaic late-'60s intro — would become a concert staple once it was stripped down to its essentials. Guests on Taylor's debut included Paul McCartney and George Harrison , who borrowed the title to jump-start a verse on his Beatles chart-topper "Something. Forget that national-anthem mishap. Taylor is an old pro at turning cover songs into radio hits — from the No.
Every now and then the things I lean on They lose their meaning And I find myself careening Into places where I should never let me go, no. She has the power to go where No one else can find me And to silently remind me Of the happiness and good times that I know Well, I guess I just got to know then. Now the first of December it was covered with snow Yes, and so was the Turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston Oh, the Berkshires seemed dreamlike On account of that frosting With 10 miles behind me and 10, more to go, you know. Reckon my feet know where they want me to go Walking on a country road Walking on a dirt road.
James Taylor is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, and a trailblazer of the generation of artists that brought folk and pop to the mainstream. To celebrate his latest album American Standard , we've picked 10 of his greatest ever songs to make for a perfect James Taylor playlist:. He later recorded his own version in A track from his self-titled debut album, this song references Taylor's years growing up in North Carolina. He wrote it while working overseas, recording for the Beatles' label Apple Records. He started writing the song at producer Peter Asher's London flat, resumed work on it while holidaying on the Mediterranean island of Formentera, and then finished it while stranded on the nearby island of Ibiza with Karin, a Swedish girl he had just met. As you do. The song summed up Taylor's homesickness at the time, as he was missing his family, his dog and his home state. It has since been called an unofficial state anthem for North Carolina, and is the unofficial song of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.