is Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon James Taylor's third studio album. Released in March 1971 as the follow-up to his commercial breakthrough and critical triumph, , it almost equaled the acclaim and surpassed the success of its predecessor at the time of its release. It contains Taylor's biggest hit single in the US, a version of the Sweet Baby James Carole King standard " You've Got a Friend", which became his only #1 on the charts on July 31, 1971. The week before, the album itself reached its peak position of #2 in the Billboard Billboard album charts. It was held off the top spot by King, then ruling the charts with the blockbuster album, which contained her version of "You've Got a Friend". (Taylor also worked with King on her album and appears on several tracks performing acoustic guitar and backing vocals.) Tapestry
Months later, the album managed to generate another Top 40 hit, "
Long Ago and Far Away", which reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other songs became standards in concert, particularly " You Can Close Your Eyes".
In 1972, "You've Got a Friend" received
Grammy Awards both for Taylor ( Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male) and King ( Song of the Year).
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs by
James Taylor unless otherwise noted.
"Love Has Brought Me Around" – 2:41
You've Got a Friend" ( Carole King) – 4:28 "Places in My Past" – 2:01
"Riding on a Railroad" – 2:41
"Soldiers" – 1:13
"Mud Slide Slim" – 5:20
"Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox" – 3:46
You Can Close Your Eyes" – 2:31 "Machine Gun Kelly" (
Danny Kortchmar) – 2:37 "
Long Ago and Far Away" – 2:20 "Let Me Ride" – 2:42
Highway Song" – 3:51 "Isn't It Nice to Be Home Again" – 0:55
Personnel [ edit ]
James Taylor -
acoustic guitar, piano, vocals
Peter Asher - tambourine, backing vocals
Richard Greene - fiddle Gail Haness - backing vocals
John Hartford - banjo
Wayne Jackson - trumpet Kevin Kelly - piano,
Carole King - piano, backing vocals
Danny Kortchmar - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, congas
Russ Kunkel - drums, congas, tambourine, cabasa, cowbell, small cymbals
Andrew Love - tenor saxophone
Leland Sklar - bass
Steven Edney - backing vocals
Joni Mitchell - backing vocals
Kate Taylor - backing vocals
The Memphis Horns - horns
Peak positions [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums
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Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ "American album certifications – James Taylor – Mud Slide Slim". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH