Musically this is one of Taylor’s best. Every track is good and many are wonderful. There are five or six James Taylor records that are Desert Island Discs for me. I know they probably wouldn’t let me take six of the same artists’ records to my island, but I would hope they would make an exception for James Taylor’s LPs, because they really do set a standard that few other popular performers can meet.
The average copy of this record is dreadful. All the recuts that were done by Columbia that I’ve ever heard are garbage. There are at least 6 different stampers for both sides one and two that are cut by The Mastering Lab, and it’s very unusual to find two good sides, let alone two AMAZING sides like this one has.