JT (album)

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JT
Studio album by James Taylor
Released June 1977
Recorded March 15–April 24, 1977
The Sound Factory
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Rock
Length 38:17
Label Columbia/Sony Legacy
Producer Peter Asher
James Taylor chronology
Greatest Hits
(1976)
JT
(1977)
Flag
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau (B)[3]

JT is the eighth album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, and his first album for Columbia Records. Released in June 1977, the album contains hit singles such as "Handy Man", a Jimmy Jones cover, hit #2 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Taylor's 45 sold 990,000 copies in the US.) The follow-up, "Your Smiling Face", hit #11 in Cash Box and #20 in Billboard. The disc was Taylor's highest charting album since 1971's Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.

This album also contains several Taylor classic songs such as "Secret O' Life" and "Terra Nova", with the participation of Taylor's then-wife Carly Simon.

At the 1978 Grammy Awards, Taylor won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his chart-topping version of "Handy Man". JT itself was also nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

JT stands as James Taylor's biggest selling studio album with over 3.5 million copies sold in the United States alone.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by James Taylor unless otherwise noted.[4]

  1. "Your Smiling Face" – 2:50
  2. "There We Are" – 3:02
  3. "Honey Don't Leave L.A." (Danny Kortchmar) – 3:05
  4. "Another Grey Morning" – 2:44
  5. "Bartender's Blues" – 4:12
  6. "Secret O' Life" – 3:34
  7. "Handy Man" (Otis Blackwell, Jimmy Jones) – 3:17
  8. "I Was Only Telling a Lie" – 3:24
  9. "Looking for Love on Broadway" – 2:23
  10. "Terra Nova" (Carly Simon, Taylor) – 4:32
  11. "Traffic Jam" – 1:58
  12. "If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight" – 3:01

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone review review". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Amazon.com: JT: James Taylor: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-12-06.