Flag (James Taylor album)

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Flag
Studio album by James Taylor
Released May 1979
Recorded January 4–March 25, 1979
Genre Rock
Length 42:49
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer Peter Asher
James Taylor chronology
JT
(1977)
Flag
(1979)
Dad Loves His Work
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]

Flag is singer-songwriter James Taylor's ninth album. Released in 1979, it included songs from Taylor's music score to Studs Terkel and Stephen Schwartz's Broadway musical, Working ("Millworker", "Brother Trucker").

The album was not particularly well received, but it did provide a hit in Taylor's cover version of the Gerry Goffin/Carole King composition, "Up on the Roof".

The signal flag that makes up the cover of the album is "O (Oscar)", standing for "man overboard."

On the 12 May 1979 episode of Saturday Night Live, James Taylor was the musical guest, and performed three songs from the album, "Up on the Roof", "Millworker", and "Johnnie Comes Back".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by James Taylor unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Company Man" – 3:47
  2. "Johnnie Comes Back" – 3:55
  3. "Day Tripper" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 4:25
  4. "I Will Not Lie for You" – 3:16
  5. "Brother Trucker" – 4:01
  6. "Is That the Way You Look?" – 1:59
  7. "B.S.U.R. (S.U.C.S.I.M.I.M.)" – 3:23
  8. "Rainy Day Man" (Taylor, Zach Wiesner) – 3:02
  9. "Millworker" – 3:52
  10. "Up on the Roof" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 4:21
  11. "Chanson Française" – 2:05
  12. "Sleep Come Free Me" – 4:43

Personnel[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone review". RollingStone.com. 2010-03-29. Archived from the original on 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  4. ^ Saturday Night Live (1975) - Episodes - IMDb