JT (album)

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Studio album by James Taylor
Released June 1977
Recorded March 15 – April 24, 1977
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)Greatest Hits1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[3]
MusicHound 3.5/5[4]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 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, the album contains hit singles such as "Handy Man", which was a Jimmy Jones cover, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and "Your Smiling Face", which was peaked at number twenty, and it was Taylor's highest charting album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.

This album also contains several Taylor classic songs 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 chart-topping version of "Handy Man". JT itself was also nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

JT 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



  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.