Monday, November 25, 2013

"Hard Times" by James Taylor

Song#:  0633
Date:  06/13/1981
Debut:  81
Peak:  72
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Taylor's break-up album, "Dad Loves His Work," yielded his last Top 40 hit with "Her Town Too," a collaboration with J.D. Souther. This second single from the album didn't catch on and spent a minor few weeks at pop and only hit #23 at AC. The album reached #10 and went platinum, but it would be Taylor's last Top 10 album for sixteen years. He finally returned to the Top 10 with 1997's "Hourglass," which peaked at #9.

ReduxReview:  This is very, well, James Taylor-y. It's a mid-tempo shuffle with the theme of trying to keep positive to make it through all the bad stuff. It's a nice tune, but since Taylor's music doesn't really grab me, it's nothing I'd choose to hear again. The background voices and arrangement are quite nice and perk up the song, but I don't think it was a solid single choice.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Taylor's first solo recording contract was with The Beatles' Apple Records. He was the first non-UK artist signed to the label. Taylor's self-titled debut came out in 1968 and featured his classic song "Caroline in My Mind." Neither were major hits at the time, which was partially due to Taylor's inability to do promotions stemming from hospitalization from his drug use. It would be his only album for Apple as the company went through an overhaul and Taylor left the label. He later signed with Warner where his hit streak started with the #3 LP "Sweet Baby James" (1970).


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