Over the years there seem to be have been a plethora of collections of James Taylor's back catalogue: Best of/ VERY Best of/ Greatest Hits/ Songs of/ Essential/...etc. This release is pretty definitive and in the age of diminishing CD prices is a bargain at under £17 for 6 CDs (to put it in perspective the MP3 version is currently selling for £54...). Every track is remastered, and as the number of CDs suggests, there's not a lot missing from the Warner Bros years. And there's the slight caveat: as the title makes very clear this is the Warner Bros years: so no, Handy Man, Your Smiling Face, Up On the Roof or Her Town Too etc. If you want a neat little compilation covering everything, then there are others out there - including several of those mentioned at the beginning of this review. If you want a definitive collection of the earlier stuff, this is probably the one for you. Clocking in at nearly four hours it'll keep you going and while I find Taylor's music very much as background music rather than 'pay rapt attention to' it's a nice collection to have. Yes, it does have a Sesame Street sound/ feel on some tracks, but whoever said that was a bad thing?
If you already have the albums/CD's or downloads and think it's not worth paying out again for the same music then I can only say if you're a dyed in the wool JT fan like me then go ahead as the sound quality makes it seem like you're hearing them for the first time; you'll notice things you didn't before in the same way when rereading an old book. Treat yourself.
Just received my copy of this 6 CD Box set, listening to tunes that I have not heard for many years brings back so many good memories. If you liked James Taylor back in the day then this is well worth the £20..
I've heard bits and pieces of these albums and like what I heard, but never bought them; so, 40+ years after their initial release, I bought this collection. Well, how wonderful they are - and, what more, each album is better than the previous one. The exception is One Man Dog which is very interesting but the weakest of them all (nothing wrong with it, just not so strong). I love Gorilla and In the Pocket most, so am now investing in the next five albums available in a five-for package. There is so much more to Mr Taylor than I thought - lovely songs, vocals and arrangements. The vocal backing is fabulous. The 60's was a great decade for music; the 70's was better with Mr Taylor, the wonderful Joni Mitchell, Carly SImon and the rest. Fantastic and never too late to appreciate wonderful music.
This is a really lovely box set, showcasing James' 6 albums for Warner Bros 1970-'76.
Each disc comes in a mini-lp card sleeve and the remastering has been undertaken with maestro Peter Asher at the helm. The result is a clear and mellifluous sound that allows James' vocals to shine through.
While the quality of the albums may be uneven, all provide a pleasant listening experience, in my view.
Pricing, at little more £3.00 per disc, is the icing on the cake!