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BESTCLASSICBANDS.COM: James Taylor Warner Bros. Albums Box Set Due

Between 1970 and 1976, James Taylor released six albums on Warner Bros. Records. Rhino will release a new collection on July 19 that introduces newly remastered versions of all of those albums. The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970-1976 will be available as both 6-CD and 180-gram, 6-LP sets, as well as digitally. This collection brings several albums back into print on vinyl for the first time in many years. will also offer exclusive bundles that pair both the CD and LP versions of the set with a 12” x 12” lithograph of a classic Taylor photo from 1970.

Each album in the set has been remastered, a process overseen by Peter Asher, who signed Taylor to the Beatles’ Apple Records label in 1968, worked as his manager for 25 years and originally produced several of these albums.

In the collection’s liner notes Asher writes: “Revisiting these albums several decades later has been revelatory, nostalgic and exciting. I have heard bits and pieces frequently over the years, of course, but listening with concentration and in detail to each of the original tapes without interruption has been a thrilling luxury.”|

The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970-1976 includes Sweet Baby James (1970), Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971), One Man Dog (1972), Walking Man (1974), Gorilla (1975) and In the Pocket (1976).

The collection is filled with some of Taylor’s best known songs, including “Sweet Baby James,” “Fire and Rain,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “Walking Man,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “Mexico,” “Shower the People” and Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend,” the latter which was Taylor’s first #1 hit and earned him his first Grammy Award (Best Male Pop Vocal) in 1971.

The collection also offers up some deep cuts like his acoustic lullaby “You Can Close Your Eyes” from Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon; the 10-minute song cycle that closes One Dog Man; “Rock ’n’ Roll Music Is Now” from Walking Man, which features backing vocals by Paul and Linda McCartney; and “Don’t Be Sad ’Cause Your Sun Is Down” from In the Pocket, a song Taylor wrote and recorded with Stevie Wonder.