JT (album)

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James Taylor - JT.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 1977 (1977-06-22)
RecordedMarch 15 – April 24, 1977 (1977-03-15 – 1977-04-24)
StudioThe Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
GenreSoft rock
LabelColumbia/Sony Legacy
ProducerPeter Asher
James Taylor chronology
Greatest Hits
Singles from JT
  1. "Bartender's Blues"
    Released: 1977
  2. "Your Smiling Face"
    Released: September 1977
  3. "Honey Don't Leave L.A."
    Released: February 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]
Christgau's Record GuideB[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[6]

JT is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, and his first album for Columbia Records. Released on June 22, 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 (Taylor's final top 10 hit) 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.[7]

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



  • Producer – Peter Asher
  • Recorded and Mixed by Val Garay at The Sound Factory (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – John Kosh
  • Front Cover and Sleeve Photos – David Alexander
  • Back Cover and Inside Photos – Jim Shea


Chart (1977) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 10


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Amazon.com: JT: James Taylor: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 305. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.