James Taylor is going to number one, but not just in his mind— on the Billboard charts, too. The folky singer-songwriter notched the first top record of his career this week with Before This World. Sweet Baby James , generally considered his biggest record, only made it to No. These days he seems more in demand as an ad-hoc Obama administration aide— performing at the Democratic National Convention or dispatched to France after a jihadist attack. The collapse of the music business has been bad for many people, good for some musicians, and beneficial to cash-strapped listeners. But the changes have been great for the chart prospects of aging white dudes who play guitar-based rock. Are these guys all having late-career renaissances? Probably not.
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Concord Records James Taylor has announced official details about his upcoming solo album, Before This World , which as previously reported will be released on June Among the special guests on the album: James' longtime pal Sting, as well as James' own wife and son. The track record includes nine original Taylor compositions. Sting sings on the title track, and James' wife Kim and son Henry contribute harmony vocals to the tune "Angels of Fenway" and to a cover of the traditional song "Wild Mountain Thyme" that closes the album. The video disc will offer a minute making-of documentary titled There We Were: The Recording of James Taylor's Before This World , featuring behind-the-scenes footage and new interviews, including conversations with Sting and cello player Yo-Yo Ma , another musical guest.
Before This World , James Taylor's long-awaited new album, is his first collection of new material since 's October Road. Check out the liner notes, see photos from photos from the recording sessions and watch behind-the-scenes video here. There you are again I climbed so high High enough to finally see your sign Shining in the distance You were tending your own fire We were biding our time We were both waiting for the moment When our paths would come together you and I. I see how fierce you are Whenever the world would drag us down How serious you are Standing on holy ground. I see how fierce you are Whenever this world would drag us down How serious you are Standing on holy ground. Oh my god, it was beyond belief Down 3 needing 4 in a row Holding on by the skin of our teeth Like a hungry dog on a bone. The whole world held its breath People got down on their knees Ready for the sudden death Praying to heaven for hell to freeze. I want to thank the man that planed the land I want to thank the man that towed the load In the burning sun and the freezing cold I want to thank the man that made this road. Eisenhower Mr. Dwight D.