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Before This World

James Taylor

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Billboard 200 - #1, 2015
Grammy nomination - Best Pop Vocal Album, 2015
Grammy nomination - Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, 2015

"... a collection of mellow, folky music that's reminiscent of his enduring work from the 1970s."
- Rolling Stone

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1
Today Today Today
James Taylor
3:09
2
You And I Again
James Taylor
3:53
3
Angels Of Fenway
James Taylor
3:18
4
Stretch Of The Highway
James Taylor
5:32
5
Montana
James Taylor
3:26
6
Watchin’ Over Me
James Taylor
4:08
7
SnowTime
James Taylor
5:49
8
Before This World / Jolly Springtime
James Taylor
5:35
9
Far Afghanistan
James Taylor
4:04
10
Wild Mountain Thyme
James Taylor
2:57
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    41:51
Before This World is the first album from James Taylor in 13 years and an album he felt he had to make. Cutting all ties with family and friends, he isolated himself in an apartment in Newport, Rhode Island and wrote this batch of songs with subject matter ranging from his own personal rehab to the Boston Red Sox. Recorded at his home studio in Massachussetts, Taylor enlisted the longtime members of his touring band for the sessions including bassist Jimmy Johnson, drummer Steve Gadd, guitarist Michael Landau, keyboardist Larry Goldings and percussionist Luis Conte. Taylor's close friends Yo-Yo Ma and Sting make guest appearances and his wife Kim and son Henry sing harmony on two songs.

"I got out of the habit of writing songs for about 10 years. I just never prioritized it. I hadn't been able to convince my manager, my wife and my kids that this had to be a priority. But I said to them, 'If I don't get this record written, I don't know what's going to happen.' And then they let me go."
- James Taylor
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Produced by Dave O’Donnell
Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Donnell
Additional engineer: Rick Kwan
Assistant engineers: Tyler Hartman, Scott Moore, Fernando Lodeiro, Tommy Joyner, Justin Rose, Jay Zubricky
Recorded at TheBarn, Washington, MA
Additional recording at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA;
Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Milkboythestudio, Philadelphia, PA; GCR Audio, Buffalo, NY; The Ritz-Carlton, SF and Four Seasons Hotel, LA
Mixed at TheBarn and Studio D
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound
Additional mastering by Justin Shturtz (Sterling Sound), Matt Agoglia (The Ranch)
Senior production coordinator: Ellyn Kusmin
Production coordination: JoAnn Tominaga

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