One Man Band (James Taylor album)

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One Man Band
Live album by James Taylor
Released November 13, 2007 (2007-11-13)
Recorded July 19–21 , 2007
Venue Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Genre folk, country
Length 74:3174:31
Label Hear Music
Producer Dave O'Donnell, James Taylor
James Taylor chronology
James Taylor at Christmas
(2006)
One Man Band
(2007)
Covers
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC (favourable)[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]

One Man Band is a live album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor that was released in November 2007 on Hear Music. It was recorded over several days at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The songs span over five decades. The premise for One Man Band is that instead of having a wide array of instruments, as with most concerts, Taylor is accompanied by only his guitar and Larry Goldings on piano. There are some exceptions, such as the pre-recorded Tanglewood Festival Chorus sings on "My Traveling Star" and "Shower the People". Also, a "drum machine" (in this case, a large mechanical device that physically plays drums) made by Taylor and his friend Gordon Fairfield appears on "Slap Leather" and "Chili Dog".

The digital discrete 5.1 surround sound mix of One Man Band won a TEC Award for best surround sound recording in 2008.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Something in the Way She Moves" – 3:47
  2. "Never Die Young" – 4:24
  3. "The Frozen Man" – 5:07
  4. "Mean Old Man" – 3:42
  5. "School Song" – 1:27
  6. "Country Road" – 4:08
  7. "Slap Leather" – 3:07
  8. "My Traveling Star" – 4:11
  9. "You've Got a Friend" – 5:02
  10. "Steamroller Blues" – 5:59
  11. "Secret O' Life" – 3:42
  12. "Line 'Em Up" – 4:39
  13. "Chili Dog" – 1:50
  14. "Shower the People" – 4:56
  15. "Sweet Baby James" – 3:41
  16. "Carolina in My Mind" – 5:04
  17. "Fire and Rain" – 4:52
  18. "Copperline" – 4:52
  19. "You Can Close Your Eyes" – 3:08

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ BBC review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Mix Foundation. 2008 TEC Awards Winners. Retrieved on May 20 , 2009.