In the Pocket (James Taylor album)

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In the Pocket
Studio album by James Taylor
Released June 1976
Recorded 1975-76 at Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood and The Burbank Studios, Burbank
Genre Folk, rock, soft rock, R&B
Length 45:04
Label Warner, Rhino, Flashback
Producer Russ Titelman, Lenny Waronker
James Taylor chronology
In the Pocket
Greatest Hits

In the Pocket is singer-songwriter James Taylor's seventh studio album, and his last to be released under Warner Bros. Records before signing with Columbia. One of his most memorable records, In the Pocket found Taylor recording in the studio with many colleagues and friends, mainly Art Garfunkel (who duetted with him on "A Junkie's Lament" and also contributed vocals on "Captain Jim's Drunken Dream"), Carly Simon (Taylor's wife, who harmonised with him on "Shower the People"), Stevie Wonder (who wrote with Taylor the song "Don't Be Sad 'Cause Your Sun Is Down", a song on which he also played the harmonica) and also David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt, among others.

The result of the sessions, which took place between late 1975 and early '76, was a very melodic album and one of his most diverse and polished, highlighted with the single "Shower the People", which through the years became a Taylor standard and concert favorite. Released as a single, the track peaked at #22 on the Billboard charts on September 18, 1976 and reached the summit of the Adult Contemporary charts in the US. Despite its success, In the Pocket didn't match the success of Taylor's previous album Gorilla, reaching only #16 on the Billboard album charts (it was Taylor's lowest chart position during the seventies and also the lowest since his debut album). Nevertheless, it managed to eventually get a Gold certification by the RIAA and became a fan favorite.

In 2008, the album was reissued on Rhino's budget Flashback label.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (very negative) link

Track listing[edit]

All songs by James Taylor unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Shower the People" – 4:32
  2. "A Junkie's Lament" (duet with Art Garfunkel) – 3:27
  3. "Money Machine" – 4:35
  4. "Slow Burning Love" – 3:43
  5. "Everybody Has the Blues" – 2:01
  6. "Daddy's All Gone" – 3:38
  7. "Woman's Gotta Have It" (Bobby Womack, Darryl Carter, Linda Cooke Womack) – 4:20
  8. "Captain Jim's Drunken Dream" – 4:00
  9. "Don't Be Sad 'Cause Your Sun Is Down" (featuring Stevie Wonder) (Taylor, Wonder) – 3:28
  10. "Nothing Like a Hundred Miles" – 3:35
  11. "Family Man" – 3:34
  12. "Golden Moments" – 3:35