Walking Man

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Walking Man
James Taylor - Walking Man.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1974 (1974-06)
RecordedJanuary 1974 (1974-01)–April 1974 (1974-04)
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerDavid Spinozza
James Taylor chronology
One Man Dog
Walking Man

Walking Man is the fifth studio album by singer-songwriter James Taylor. Released in June 1974, it was not as successful as his previous efforts, only reaching #13 on the Billboard Album Chart and only selling 300,000 copies in the USA. Until 2008's Covers, it was the only studio album he released that never received a certification as a gold or platinum record from the RIAA. The song "Walking Man", released as the album's first single, failed to place on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at all, but nevertheless, stands today as an often reprised fan favorite.

"Hello Old Friend" was used in the intro for ABC's Game 3 coverage of the 1989 World Series, just before the pre-game broadcast was interrupted by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written and composed by James Taylor where not otherwise noted.

Side one
  1. "Walking Man" – 3:30
  2. "Rock 'n' Roll Is Music Now" – 3:25
  3. "Let It All Fall Down" – 3:30
  4. "Me and My Guitar" – 3:30
  5. "Daddy's Baby" – 2:37
Side two
  1. "Ain't No Song" (Joey Levine, David Spinozza) – 3:28
  2. "Hello Old Friend" – 2:45
  3. "Migration" – 3:14
  4. "The Promised Land" (Chuck Berry) – 4:03
  5. "Fading Away" – 3:32



  • Producer – David Spinozza
  • Engineered and Mixed by Harry Maslin
  • Assistant Engineers – Blaise Castellano and David Henson
  • Design – Rod Dyer
  • Photography – Richard Avedon


  1. ^ link
  2. ^ 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.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ link
  4. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015.