JT (album)

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JT
James Taylor - JT.jpg
Studio album by James Taylor
Released June 1977 (1977-06)
Recorded April 24 – March 15, 1977 (1977-04-24 – 1977-03-15)
Studio The Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
Genre Soft 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[3]
MusicHound3.5/5[4]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[5]

JT is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, and his first album for Columbia Records. Released in June 1977, two hit singles were spawned from the album: "Handy Man", a Jimmy Jones cover, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also topped the Adult Contemporary chart. "Your Smiling Face", the other big hit, peaked at #20. The record also contains other Taylor classics 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 version of "Handy Man". JT itself was also nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

JT was Taylor's highest-charting album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, and stands as Taylor's biggest-selling studio album in the United States with over 3.5 million copies sold.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by James Taylor unless otherwise noted.[6]

Side One

  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

Side Two

  1. "Handy Man" (Otis Blackwell, Jimmy Jones)  – 3:17
  2. "I Was Only Telling a Lie"  – 3:24
  3. "Looking for Love on Broadway"  – 2:23
  4. "Terra Nova" (Taylor, Carly Simon)  – 4:32
  5. "Traffic Jam"  – 1:58
  6. "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". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  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. 
  5. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Amazon.com: JT: James Taylor: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-12-06.