October Road (album)

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October Road
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 13, 2002 (2002-08-13)
RecordedEarly 2000–2002
Genre
Length52:00
LabelColumbia
ProducerRuss Titelman
James Taylor chronology
Greatest Hits Volume 2
(2000)
October Road
(2002)
The Best of James Taylor
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 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" (Hugh Martin, Ralph 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" (Mark Knopfler) – 5:28

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 48
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[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 – lead vocals, guitar, backing vocals (1, 3, 7, 11), harmony vocals (2)
  • John Sheldon – guitar harmonics (1)
  • Ry Cooder – lead guitar (2)
  • Michael Landau – rhythm guitar (2), electric guitar (3, 4), gut-string guitar (3), guitar (8, 9), guitar solo (9)
  • John Pizzarelli – guitar (6, 12)
  • Mark Knopfler – guitar, backing vocals (track 3, CD 2)
  • Rob Mounsey – keyboards (1, 7), synthesizer (3, 6), synth bagpipes (5), penny whistle (5), percussion (5), string pad (10, 12), string arrangements (12)
  • M. Hans Liebert – synth conga (1, 4), acoustic piano (5), synth percussion (8)
  • Clifford Carterorgan (2), keyboards (3), acoustic piano intro (10), Rhodes (10), synth organ (11), synth pad (12)
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (4, 5, 8)
  • Larry Goldings – acoustic piano (6, 12)
  • Robbie Kilgore – acoustic piano (10)
  • Jimmy Johnson – bass guitar
  • Steve Gadddrums
  • Luis Contepercussion (2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11)
  • Michael Brecker – saxophones (2), (track 1, CD 2)
  • Lou Marini – saxophone (4, 8)
  • Harry Allentenor saxophone (12)
  • Walt Fowler – trumpet (4, 8)
  • Richard Sebring – French horn (5)
  • Tommy Morganharmonica (10)
  • Dave Grusin – string arrangements and conductor (6, 7, 10)
  • Ralph Morrison III – concertmaster (6, 7, 10)
  • Stephen Erdody – cello (6, 7, 10)
  • Paula Hochhalter – cello (6, 7, 10)
  • Yo-Yo Ma – cello (track 2, CD 2)
  • Edgar Meyer – double bass (track 2, CD 2)
  • Karen Bakunin – viola (6, 7, 10)
  • Brian Dembow – viola (6, 7, 10)
  • Carrie Holzman-Little – viola (6, 7, 10)
  • Stuart Duncan – violin solo (2, 7)
  • Bruce Dukov – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Julie Ann Gigante – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Alan Grunfeld – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Tamara Hatwan – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Karen Jones – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Natalie Leggett – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Liane Mautner – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Robin Olson – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Margaret Wooten – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Kenneth Yerke – violin (6, 7, 10)
  • Cenovia Cummins – violin (12)
  • Richard Sortomme – violin (12)
  • Donna Tecco – violin (12)
  • Belinda Whitney – violin (12)
  • Mark O'Connor – violin (track 2, CD 2)
  • David Lasley – backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 8), harmony vocals (2), chorus (5)
  • Kate Markowitz – backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (5)
  • Arnold McCuller – backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 8), chorus (5)
  • Caroline Taylor – backing vocals (1)
  • Chiara Civello – backing vocals (3)
  • Michael Eisenstein – chorus (5)
  • Nina Gordon – chorus (5)
  • Josh Lattanzi – chorus (5)
  • Steve Scully – chorus (5)
  • Sally Taylor – backing vocals (7, 11)

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Russ Titelman
  • Production Coordinator – JoAnn Tominaga
  • Engineer – Dave O’Donnell
  • Additional Engineers – Mark Howard and M. Hans Liebert
  • Assistant Engineers – Matt Beaudoin, Jimmy Hoyson, M. Hans Liebert, Bruce MacFarlane, Ben Parrish, Joe Prins, Keith Shortreed, Rafi Sofer, Joe Wormer and Luke Yaeger.
  • Recorded at Linden Oaks Studios (Rochester, NY); Right Track Recording, Clinton Recording Studio, Secret Studio and Flying Monkey Studio(New York, NY); Signal Path Studios (Nashville, TN); Q Division Studios (Somerville, MA); The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA); Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mixed by Dave O’Donnell and Russ Titelman at Right Track Recording.
  • Mix Assistant – Ryan Smith
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Cover Consultant – Stephanie Mauer
  • Art Direction – Gail Marowitz
  • Design – Giulio Turturro
  • Photography – Sante D’Orazio, Craig Nelson and Russ Titelman.
  • Personal Assistant – Jessica Byrne Kusmin
  • Management – Gary Borman and Barbara Rose for Borman Entertainment.

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)". Billboard.