October Road (James Taylor album)

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October Road
Studio album by James Taylor
Released August 13, 2002
Recorded 2001 – 2002
Genre Rock, folk rock, country rock
Length 52:00
Label Columbia
Producer Russ Titelman
James Taylor chronology
Greatest Hits Volume 2
(2000)
October Road
(2002)
The Best of James Taylor
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

October Road is singer-songwriter James Taylor's fifteenth album. It was released in 2002, in two versions: a single-disc version and a "limited edition" two-disc version, which contains three extra songs, as well as a video presentation. It has been certified Platinum.

The album reached number four in Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by James Taylor except where noted.

  1. "September Grass" (John I. Sheldon) – 4:51
  2. "October Road" – 3:57
  3. "On the 4th of July" – 3:25
  4. "Whenever You're Ready" – 4:14
  5. "Belfast to Boston" – 4:16
  6. "Mean Old Man" – 3:44
  7. "My Traveling Star" – 3:55
  8. "Raised Up Family" – 4:40
  9. "Carry Me on My Way" – 4:30
  10. "Caroline I See You" – 4:58
  11. "Baby Buffalo" – 4:50
  12. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (H. Martin, R. Blane) – 3:50

Included on the second disc of the "limited edition" two-disc version:

  1. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – 4:43
  2. "Benjamin" (J. Taylor, composed in 1976 or 1977 as a tribute/lullaby to his new-coming or -born son. First release by David Sanborn dec. 1977) – 3:30
  3. "Sailing to Philadelphia" (M. Knopfler) – 5:28

Personnel[edit]

  • James Taylor – vocals, guitar
  • Harry Allen – tenor saxophone (track 12)
  • Karen Bakunin – viola (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Michael Brecker – saxophone (track 2, track 1 CD, 2)
  • Clifford Carterorgan (track 2), keyboards (track 3), piano (track 10), synth rhodes (track 10), synth organ (track 11), string pad (track 12)
  • Valerie Carter – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (track 5)
  • Chiara Civello – backing vocals, piano (track 3)
  • Luis Contepercussion (tracks 2–4, 7–9, 11)
  • Ry Cooder – guitar (track 2)
  • Cenovia Cummins – violin (track 12)
  • Brian Dembow – viola (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Bruce Dukov – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Stuart Duncan – violin (tracks 2, 7)
  • Michael Eisenstein – chorus (track 5)
  • Stephen Erdody – cello (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Walt Fowler – trumpet (tracks 4, 8)
  • Steve Gadddrums
  • Julie Ann Gigante – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Larry Goldings – piano (tracks 6, 12)
  • Nina Gordon – chorus (track 5)
  • Alan Grunfeld – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Kay Hanley – chorus (track 5)
  • Tamara Hatwan – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Paula Hochhalter – cello (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Carrie Holzman-Little – viola (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Jimmy Johnson – bass
  • Karen Jones – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Robbie Kilgore – piano (track 10)
  • Mark Knopfler – vocals, guitar (track 3, CD 2)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (tracks 2–4, 8, 9)
  • David Lasley – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (track 5)
  • Josh Lattanzi – chorus (track 5)
  • Natalie Leggett – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • M Hans Liebert – synth conga (tracks 1, 4), piano (track 5), synth percussion (track 8)
  • Yo-Yo Ma – cello (track 2, CD 2)
  • Bobby Mann – guitar (track 1, 3, 4, 8)
  • Lou Marini – saxophone (tracks 4, 8)
  • Kate Markowitz – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (track 5)
  • Liane Mautner – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Arnold McCuller – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (track 5)
  • Tommy Morgan – harmonica (track 10)
  • Rob Mounsey – keyboards (tracks 1, 7), synthesizer (tracks 3, 6), synth bagpipes (track 5), penny whistle (track 5), percussion (track 5), string pad (track 10)
  • Mark O'Connor – violin (track 2, CD 2)
  • Robin Olson – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • John Pizzarelli – guitar (tracks 6, 12)
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (tracks 4, 5, 8)
  • Steve Scully – chorus (track 5)
  • Richard Sebring – French horn (track 5)
  • John Sheldon – guitar harmonics (track 1)
  • Richard Sortomme – violin (track 12)
  • Caroline Taylor – backing vocals (track 1)
  • Sally Taylor – backing vocals (tracks 7, 11)
  • Donna Tecco – violin (track 12)
  • Belinda Whitney – violin (track 12)
  • Margaret Wooten – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Kenneth Yerke – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)

References[edit]

  1. ^ October Road at AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Aizlewood, John (August 8, 2002). "Pop CD releases: James Taylor: October Road". The Guardian. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Walters, Barry (September 10, 2002). "October Road | Album Reviews". Retrieved January 27, 2012.