James Taylor Flag on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Flag is Classic JT: At-Home Folk Arrangements, Soft-Rock Coziness, Captivating Emotion - Contains Classics "Up On the Roof" and "Rainy Day Man"
Narratives on 1979 Gem Peer into the Heart of Everyman and Everywoman
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Sonics As Mellifluous As Taylor's Voice on a Cool Summer Night
James Taylor was an interesting place when he recorded the colossally underrated Flag. Fresh off his double-platinum J.T. (also available from Mobile Fidelity), the artist who defines the singer-songwriter genre had just collaborated with Art Garfunkel and Carly Simon, undertaken a Broadway musical, and become more active in political affairs. All these factors contribute to this 1979 treasure, which finds Taylor plying more of his trademark mellow vibes and insightful, soul-gazing lyrics.
Fidelity’s brilliant-sounding hybrid SACD is, and the results are as
spectacular as chilling out to Taylor’s mellifluous voice on a summer
night. Flush with exquisite acoustic textures, beautiful tonalities, and studio-perfect dynamics, this audiophile version brings Taylor’s music to life like never before.
Having landed in the Top Ten and sold more than two million copies, Flag
nonetheless remains one of Taylor’s most under-appreciated efforts. And
it’s not because the content is lacking. The beloved singer enters his
hallmark storytelling mode on “Sleep Come Free Me” and dizzies the
senses with the beloved “Rainy Day Man.” Drawing from his musical Working (based on legendary author Studs Terkel’s book of the same name), “Millworker” and “Brother Trucker” are lessons in character studies, Taylor’s narratives peering into the heart of blue-collar America and reflecting his knack for the everyman—and everywoman.
Similarly, a pair of covers—“Up on the Roof” and “Day Tripper”—show his
knack for reverent interpretation as well as originality. Flag
reveals why we love JT. The literary descriptiveness, at-home folk
arrangements, soft-rock fireplace coziness, captivating emotion,
faithful tones, and stellar sense of instrumental placement, be it
backing vocals, nuanced percussion, pedal-steel guitar, or subtle horns,
the latter courtesy of do-it-all saxophonist David Sanborn. Alas, many of these facets have long gone unnoticed.
Ever since its original release, Flag has been plagued with muddled sound. No longer. Mobile Fidelity’s digital reissue unlocks the well-kept sonic secrets and floods the
record with the intimacy and impact that have always lurked underneath
the surface. Finally, Taylor’s finite acoustic playing,
well-mannered melodies, reflective words, and refined singing are
experienced as a whole. The amount of new musical information that’s
been uncovered will boggle the minds of even the most ardent Taylor fans.
Trust us: Flag is one of Taylor’s finest works. After three decades, hear it all for yourself. And discover what is certain to become of your new favorite records.
James Taylor Flag Track Listing:
1. "Company Man" – 3:47
2. "Johnnie Comes Back" – 3:55
3. "Day Tripper" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 4:25
4. "I Will Not Lie for You" – 3:16
5. "Brother Trucker" – 4:01
6. "Is That the Way You Look?" – 1:59
7. "B.S.U.R." – 3:23
8. "Rainy Day Man" (Taylor, Zach Wiesner) – 3:02
9. "Millworker" – 3:52
10. "Up on the Roof" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 4:21
11. "Chanson Française" – 2:05
12. "Sleep Come Free Me" – 4:43