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Joel David Risberg

Dec 2, 1993, 9:56:34 PM12/2/93

Tentative FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for
Version 0.9
December 2, 1993

This FAQ is only a first attempt to compile some useful information about JT
and his music. I expect to flesh it out considerably in the coming weeks.

[in the works]
James Taylor was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 12, 1948
Two brothers: Livingston and Alex
One sister: Kate
All four studied music and have recorded albums
Livingston released another album in 1993
James met Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar while in school
James and Kootch played folk gigs locally
1964 - James formed a band, The Fabulous Corsairs, with brother Alex
Kootch and Joel O' Brien joined James to form The Flying Machine
Released one single: "Night Owl" / "Brighten Your Night With My Day"
Record didn't sell well
1968 - James went to England and recorded demos
Introduced to Paul McCartney by Peter Asher and signed to the Beatles' record
label, Apple Records
December, 1968 - "James Taylor" released with little commercial success
1970 - "Sweet Baby James" released on Warner Brothers label, went to top ten
1971 - JT on the cover of Time Magazine, touted as originator of the
"singer/singwriter era".
1971 - Appeared in film "Two Lane Blacktop"
1974? - Marries Carly Simon, later divorced

Body of Work:

"James Taylor" -- 1968 - Apple Records
Remastered and re-released on CD and tape by EMI Records in 1991
Reference #: CDP 7975772 (U.S.) / SAPCOR3 (U.K.)
Don't Talk Now
Something's Wrong
Knocking 'Round the Zoo
Sunshine Sunshine
Taking It In
Something In the Way She Moves
Carolina In My Mind
Brighten Your Night With My Day
Night Owl (later recorded by Carly Simon)
Rainy Day Man
Circle Round the Sun
The Blues Is Just a Bad Dream

"Sweet Baby James" -- 1970 - Warner Brothers Records
Reference #: 1843-2
Sweet Baby James
Lo and Behold
Sunny Skies
Country Road
Oh, Susannah
Fire and Rain
Anywhere Like Heaven
Oh Baby, Don't You Loose Your Lip On Me
Suite For 20G

"Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon" -- 1971 - Warner Bros.
Reference #: W2 2561
Love Has Brought Me Around
You've Got A Friend
Places In My Past
Riding On A Railroad
Mud Slide Slim (with Carole King, Kate Taylor, et al.)
Hey Mister, That's Me Up On The Jukebox
You Can Close Your Eyes
Machine Gun Kelly (with Peter Asher)
Long Ago and Far Away
Let Me Ride (with Kate Taylor)
Highway Song
Isn't It Nice To Be Home Again

"One Man Dog" -- 1972 - Warner Brothers
Reference #: WAR 25933
Back On the Street Again
Chili Dog
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Fool For You
Instrumental I
Instrumental II
Little David
New Tune
Nobody But You
One Man Parade
One Morning In May
Woh, Don't You Know?

"Walking Man" -- 1974 - Warner Brothers
Reference #: WAR 2794
Ain't No Song
Daddy's Baby
Fading Away
Hello, Old Friend
Let It All Fall Down
Me and My Guitar
Promised Land
Rock and Roll Is Music Now
Walking Man

"Mexico" -- 1975 - Warner Bros.
Reference #: 2866-2
Mexico (with Graham Nash and David Crosby)
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - (with Carly Simon)
You Make It Easy
I Was a Fool To Care
Lighthouse (with Nash and Crosby)
Angry Blues
Love Songs
Sarah Maria

"In the Pocket" -- 1976 - Warner Bros.
Reference #: 2912-2
Shower the People (with Carly Simon)
A Junkie's Lament (with Art Garfunkel)
Money Machine
Slow Burning Love
Everybody Has the Blues
Daddy's All Gone
Woman's Gotta Have It
Captain Jim's Drunken Dream (with Garfunkel)
Don't Be Sad 'Cause Your Sun Is Down (with Stevie Wonder)
Nothing Like a Hundred Miles (with David Crosby and Graham Nash)
Family Man
Golden Moments

"Greatest Hits" - 1976? - Warner Brothers
Reference #: WAR3113
Carolina In My Mind (re-recording since "James Taylor")
Country Road
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Fire and Rain
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Shower the People
Something In the Way She Moves (re-recording)
Steamroller Blues (live version)
Sweet Baby James
Walking Man
You've Got a Friend

"JT" -- 1977 - CBS Records
Reference #: CK 34811
Also available in a new edition on a 24K gold CD with 20-bit recording
Reference #: CBS 53787
Your Smiling Face
There We Are
Honey Don't Leave L.A.
Another Grey Morning
Bartender's Blues (with Linda Ronstadt)
Secret O' Life
I Was Only Telling A Lie
Looking For Love On Broadway
Terra Nova (with Carly Simon)
Traffic Jam
If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight

"Dad Loves His Work" -- 1978? - CBS
Reference #: CBS 37009
Believe It Or Not
Hard Times
Her Town Too
Hour that the Morning Comes
I Will Follow
London Town
Only For Me
Stand and Fight
Sugar Trade
Summer's here
That Lonesome Road

"Flag" -- 1979 - CBS
Reference #: CD 36058
Company Man (with Graham Nash)
Johnnie Comes Back
Day Tripper
I Will Not Lie For You
Brother Trucker (with Alex Taylor)
Is That the Way You Look?
B. S. U. R. (with Carly Simon)
Rainy Day Man
Up On the Roof
Chanson Francaise
Sleep Come Free Me

"That's Why I'm Here" -- 1985 - CBS
Reference #: CK 40052
That's Why I'm Here
Song For You Far Away
Only A Dream In Rio
Turn Away
Going Around One More Time
My Romance (only on CD version)
Limousine Driver
Only One (with Don Henley, Joni Mitchell, et al.)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (with Graham Nash)
That's Why I'm Here (reprise)

"Never Die Young" -- 1988 - CBS
Reference #: CK 40851
Never Die Young
Baby Boom Baby
Runaway Boy
Valentine's Day
Sun On the Moon
Sweet Potato Pie
Home By Another Way
Letter In the Mail
First Of May

"New Moon Shine" -- 1991 - Columbia
Reference #: CK 46038
Down In the Hole
(I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That
Shed a Little Light
The Frozen Man
Slap Leather
Like Everyone She Knows
One More Go Round
Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha
Native Son
Oh Brother
The Water Is Wide

"James Taylor Live" -- 1993 - Columbia
Reference #: C2K 47056
Songs: (all new live versions recorded in concert and the music that inspired
the writing of this FAQ)
Disc 1:
Sweet Baby James
Traffic Jam
Handy Man
Your Smiling Face
Secret O' Life
Shed a Little Light
Everybody Has the Blues
Steamroller Blues
Country Road
Fire and Rain
Shower the People
How Sweet It Is
New Hymn

Disc 2:
Walking Man
Riding On A Railroad
Something In the Way She Moves
Sun On the Moon
Up On the Roof
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
She Thinks I Still Care
Slap Leather
Only One
You Make It Easy
Carolina In My Mind
I Will Follow
You've Got A Friend
That Lonesome Road

Non-U.S. Compilations:

"Best Classics" -- ?
Reference #: iMi10985

"Classic Songs" -- ? - Alex Imports
Reference #: ALE 3645

"Starbox" -- ? - Alex Imports
Reference #: ALE 393

"Squibnocket" -- 1993 - ?
Pre-1992 tour covering through "New Moon Shine"
VHS, 65 minutes, stereo


Many appearances on Saturday Night Live (most recent was 11/13/93)
Several appearances on Sesame Street
Several benefit concerts aired on Public Television (U.S.)

Anyone have specific info/dates for these or others?

Fan Mail:

Try reaching him through his manager, Peter Asher at:
James Taylor
c/o Peter Asher Management
644 North Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90069

And no, he probably doesn't have an email address.

That's all I have for now. Please email any corrections, additions, or
suggestions to the address below:

-= Joel Risberg =-

Joel Risberg -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
904-853-2691 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
And yes, my views do represent the official opinion of Florida State U.

Robert Fries

Dec 3, 1993, 5:31:28 PM12/3/93
In article <2dm9t2$> (Joel David Risberg) writes:
>"Mexico" -- 1975 - Warner Bros.
>Reference #: 2866-2
> Mexico (with Graham Nash and David Crosby)
> Music
> How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - (with Carly Simon)
> Wandering
> Gorilla
> You Make It Easy
> I Was a Fool To Care
> Lighthouse (with Nash and Crosby)
> Angry Blues
> Love Songs
> Sarah Maria

Wrong. The title of this album is Gorilla, (unless they've changed it).


Joel David Risberg

Dec 4, 1993, 1:07:19 PM12/4/93

You're right. Sorry. It's fixed now. And I'll be posting an expanded version
of the FAQ very soon.

-= Joel "FAQ Novice" Risberg =-

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