October Road (James Taylor album)

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October Road
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Studio album by James Taylor
Released August 13, 2002
Recorded Summer 2001–spring 2002
Genre Rock, folk rock, country rock
Length 52:00
Label Columbia
Producer Russ Titelman
James Taylor chronology
Greatest Hits Volume 2
(2000)
October Road
(2002)
The Best of James Taylor
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]

October Road is singer-songwriter James Taylor's fifteenth studio album. It was released on August 13, 2002 in two versions: a single-disc version and a "limited edition" two-disc version, which contains three extra songs, as well as a video presentation. October Road would become James Taylor's last album of original material until the 2015 Before This World.

The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 154,000 copies sold in its opening week, which is Taylor's best sales week performance for an album in the SoundScan era.[5] The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on November 21, 2002,[6], and has sold 1,076,000 copies in the US as of May 2015.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by James Taylor except where noted.

  1. "September Grass" (John I. Sheldon) – 4:51
  2. "October Road" – 3:57
  3. "On the 4th of July" – 3:25
  4. "Whenever You're Ready" – 4:14
  5. "Belfast to Boston" – 4:16
  6. "Mean Old Man" – 3:44
  7. "My Traveling Star" – 3:55
  8. "Raised Up Family" – 4:40
  9. "Carry Me on My Way" – 4:30
  10. "Caroline I See You" – 4:58
  11. "Baby Buffalo" – 4:50
  12. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (H. Martin, R. Blane) – 3:50

Included on the second disc of the "limited edition" two-disc version:

  1. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – 4:43
  2. "Benjamin" (J. Taylor, composed in 1976 or 1977 as a tribute/lullaby to his new-coming or -born son. First released by David Sanborn on Promise Me the Moon in December 1977) – 3:30
  3. "Sailing to Philadelphia" (M. Knopfler) – 5:28

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 48
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 40
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 71
Italian Albums (FIMI)[11] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 39
US Billboard 200[14] 4

Personnel[edit]

  • James Taylor – vocals, guitar
  • Harry Allen – tenor saxophone (track 12)
  • Karen Bakunin – viola (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Michael Brecker – saxophone (track 2, track 1 CD, 2)
  • Clifford Carterorgan (track 2), keyboards (track 3), piano (track 10), synth rhodes (track 10), synth organ (track 11), string pad (track 12)
  • Valerie Carter – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (track 5)
  • Chiara Civello – backing vocals, piano (track 3)
  • Luis Contepercussion (tracks 2–4, 7–9, 11)
  • Ry Cooder – guitar (track 2)
  • Cenovia Cummins – violin (track 12)
  • Brian Dembow – viola (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Bruce Dukov – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Stuart Duncan – violin (tracks 2, 7)
  • Michael Eisenstein – chorus (track 5)
  • Stephen Erdody – cello (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Walt Fowler – trumpet (tracks 4, 8)
  • Steve Gadddrums
  • Julie Ann Gigante – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Larry Goldings – piano (tracks 6, 12)
  • Nina Gordon – chorus (track 5)
  • Alan Grunfeld – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Kay Hanley – chorus (track 5)
  • Tamara Hatwan – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Paula Hochhalter – cello (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Carrie Holzman-Little – viola (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Jimmy Johnson – bass
  • Karen Jones – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Robbie Kilgore – piano (track 10)
  • Mark Knopfler – vocals, guitar (track 3, CD 2)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (tracks 2–4, 8, 9)
  • David Lasley – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (track 5)
  • Josh Lattanzi – chorus (track 5)
  • Natalie Leggett – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • M Hans Liebert – synth conga (tracks 1, 4), piano (track 5), synth percussion (track 8)
  • Yo-Yo Ma – cello (track 2, CD 2)
  • Bobby Mann – guitar (track 1, 3, 4, 8)
  • Lou Marini – saxophone (tracks 4, 8)
  • Kate Markowitz – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (track 5)
  • Liane Mautner – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Arnold McCuller – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (track 5)
  • Tommy Morgan – harmonica (track 10)
  • Rob Mounsey – keyboards (tracks 1, 7), synthesizer (tracks 3, 6), synth bagpipes (track 5), penny whistle (track 5), percussion (track 5), string pad (track 10)
  • Mark O'Connor – violin (track 2, CD 2)
  • Robin Olson – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • John Pizzarelli – guitar (tracks 6, 12)
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (tracks 4, 5, 8)
  • Steve Scully – chorus (track 5)
  • Richard Sebring – French horn (track 5)
  • John Sheldon – guitar harmonics (track 1)
  • Richard Sortomme – violin (track 12)
  • Caroline Taylor – backing vocals (track 1)
  • Sally Taylor – backing vocals (tracks 7, 11)
  • Donna Tecco – violin (track 12)
  • Belinda Whitney – violin (track 12)
  • Margaret Wooten – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)
  • Kenneth Yerke – violin (tracks 6, 7, 10)

References[edit]

  1. ^ October Road at AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Aizlewood, John (August 8, 2002). "Pop CD releases: James Taylor: October Road". The Guardian. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Walters, Barry (September 10, 2002). "October Road | Album Reviews". Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "James Taylor Hits The 'Road' This Fall". Billboard. August 27, 2002. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – James Taylor – October Road". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on May 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – James Taylor – October Road". Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – James Taylor – October Road" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  11. ^ "Italiancharts.com – James Taylor – October Road". Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – James Taylor – October Road". Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "James Taylor | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  14. ^ "James Taylor – Chart history" Billboard 200 for James Taylor.