Flag (James Taylor album)

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Flag
James Taylor - Flag.svg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1979 (1979-05)
RecordedJanuary 4 – March 25, 1979 (1979-01-04 – 1979-03-25)
GenreRock
Length42:49
LabelColumbia/Legacy
ProducerPeter Asher
James Taylor chronology
JT
(1977)
Flag
(1979)
Dad Loves His Work
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
MusicHound3.5/5[4]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[5]

Flag is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, released in May 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 GoffinCarole 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, Taylor was the musical guest, and performed three songs from the album, "Up on the Roof", "Millworker", and "Johnnie Comes Back".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by James Taylor unless otherwise noted.

Side One

  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

Side Two

  1. "B.S.U.R. (S.U.C.S.I.M.I.M.)" – 3:23
  2. "Rainy Day Man" (Taylor, Zach Wiesner) – 3:02
  3. "Millworker" – 3:52
  4. "Up on the Roof" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 4:21
  5. "Chanson Française" – 2:05
  6. "Sleep Come Free Me" – 4:43

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Peter Asher
  • Engineer – Val Garay
  • Assistant Engineers – Lincoln Clapp and George Ybarra
  • Recorded and Mixed at The Sound Factory (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – John Kosh
  • Photography – Mark Hanauer

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. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 15, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1125. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Saturday Night Live (1975) - Episodes - IMDb