Greatest Hits (James Taylor album)

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Greatest Hits
James Taylor - Greatest Hits.jpg
Greatest hits album by James Taylor
Released November 1, 1976
Recorded December 1969 – October 1976
Genre Folk-Rock
Length 43:42
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Peter Asher, David Spinozza, Lenny Waronker, Russ Titelman
James Taylor chronology
In the Pocket
(1976)
Greatest Hits
(1976)
JT
(1977)

Greatest Hits is singer-songwriter James Taylor's first compilation album. Released on November 1, 1976. To this day, it is the best-selling album of his career.

The album featured newly recorded versions of "Carolina in My Mind" and "Something in the Way She Moves", and a previously unavailable live version of "Steamroller".

The album did not rise higher than #23 on the Billboard albums chart on its original release. However it became a steady seller for many years, and Greatest Hits has sold over 11,000,000 copies certifying it as a platinum album eleven times over, and a diamond album once (for 10 million copies).

In August 2012, the album re-entered the Billboard albums chart at #15, which gave the album a new peak.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 3.5/5[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1:

  1. "Something in the Way She Moves" (1976 Version) – 3:14
  2. "Carolina in My Mind" (1976 Version) – 4:00
  3. "Fire and Rain" – 3:26
  4. "Sweet Baby James" – 2:55
  5. "Country Road" – 3:26
  6. "You've Got a Friend" (Carole King) – 4:33

Side 2:

  1. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – 2:39
  2. "Walking Man" – 3:36
  3. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (Holland, Dozier, Holland) – 3:39
  4. "Mexico" – 3:01
  5. "Shower the People" – 4:01
  6. "Steamroller" (Live) – 5:19

All songs written by James Taylor, except where noted.

Personnel[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ link
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1124. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  3. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015.