James Taylor One Man Dog
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- Released: December 11, 1990
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Rolling Stone - 1/18/73, p.49"...it will hit you from behind because on the surface it all sounds so simple, and yet underneath the horns--so dazzlingly arranged--and the beautiful rhythm, the voice and the thoughts resonate long after the record is over..."
- 1.One Man Parade
- 2.Nobody But You
- 3.Chili Dog
- 4.Fool For You
- 5.Instrumental I
- 6.New Tune
- 7.Back On The Street Again
- 8.Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
- 9.Woh, Don't You Know
- 10.One Morning In May
- 11.Instrumental II
- 15.Little David
Personnel: James Taylor (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, autoharp); Carole King, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt (vocals); John McLaughlin (guitar); Daniel Kortchmar (guitar, timbales); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); George Bohanon (trombone); Craig Doerge (keyboards); Leland Sklar (bass, guitarone); Russ Kunkel (drums, percussion); Ms. Bobbye Hall (percussion); Peter Asher (guiro); Alex Taylor, Hugh Taylor, Kate Taylor, Abigale Haness (background vocals).
Personnel: James Taylor (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, autoharp, harmonica, background vocals); Carole King (vocals, piano, background vocals); Peter Asher (vocals, guiro); Abigale Haness, Hugh Taylor, Kate Taylor, Alex Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon (vocals, background vocals); Danny Kortchmar (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, timbales); John McLaughlin (guitar, acoustic guitar); Leland Sklar (guitar, guitarron); Red Rhodes (steel guitar); John Hartford (banjo, violin, fiddle); Dash Crofts (mandolin); Michael Brecker (flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (tenor saxophone, trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn); George Bohannon, Art Baron, Barry Rogers (trombone); Art Baran (bass trombone); Craig Doerge (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Russ Kunkel (drums, congas, tambourine); Bobbye Hall (congas, bongos, shaker, tambourine, percussion, bells); Ms. Bobbye Hall (congas, tambourine); Mark Paletier (sound effects, musical saw).
Audio Mixer: Robert Appere.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY; Clover Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; James Taylor's House.
Photographer: Peter Simon.
Unknown Contributor Role: Russ Kunkel.
Mostly recorded at Taylor's home studio, ONE MAN DOG is an atypical release for a man known for putting out straightforward sets of his distinctive brand of folk-rock. This release from 1972 came after Taylor had achieved a good measure of stardom, and was free to explore some untraditional approaches. After this record, he returned to a more straight-forward format, but ONE MAN DOG has a relaxed, pastoral vibe that makes for enjoyable listening.
The record consists of 18 shortish pieces strung together: traditional pop/folk songs, like the graceful single "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," as well as humorous, off-the-cuff gems like the ode to a favorite food "Chili Dog," a jig, a drug song ("Mescalito"), and several gentle instrumentals. The production is more low-key than usual, and even though the atmosphere is relaxed, the playing is top-notch thanks to Taylor stalwarts Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar. Taylor covers John McLaughlin's "Someone, " with McLaughlin providing a scintillating lead, and elsewhere, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King and Taylor's future wife Carly Simon supply backup vocals.
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