Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon [Rhino Flashback] [2011]

Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon [Rhino Flashback] [2011]

by James Taylor


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2013
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227976491
catalogNumber: 2561
Rank: 5408

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
John Hartford   Banjo
Carole King   Piano,Background Vocals
Joni Mitchell   Background Vocals
Richard Greene   Fiddle
Memphis Horns   Horn
Kate Taylor   Background Vocals
Peter Asher   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Gail Haness   Background Vocals
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Kevin Kelly   Piano,Accordion
Russ Kunkel   Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Tambourine,cowbell,Cabasa
Andrew Love   Horn
Leland Sklar   Bass
Danny Kootch   Acoustic Guitar,Conga,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
James Taylor   Composer,Lyricist
Memphis Horns   Horn Arrangements
Peter Asher   Producer
Wayne Jackson   Horn Arrangements
Danny Kortchmar   Composer
Andrew Love   Horn Arrangements
Laurie Miller   Artwork
Richard Sanford Orshoff   Engineer
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
Ethan Russell   Cover Photo

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