Despite being in the vanguard of the Seventies singer/songwriter movement, and the huge success of his, mainly, self written albums, some of James Taylor's biggest hit singles were covers, think: You've Got A Friend,(Carole King), Handyman, (Otis Blackwell), Up On The Roof, (Goffin/King), and How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), (Holland, Dozier, Holland).
It is reasonable to say that much of his popular fan base derives from those hit singles so it is no surprise that he's recorded an album of covers. After all, he's rather good at it.
There are some great versions of some great songs here: Wichita Lineman, Suzanne, Seminole Wind, On Broadway, Knock On Wood - OK, all of them - beautifully arranged and performed by Taylor and sounding very much at the top of his game.
In fact, with his typical warm and mellow vocals coaxing these songs into a new life, they could just as well have been written by him!
That says it all, really.