James Taylor Gorilla on Numbered Limited Edition Gold CD from Audio Fidelity
Mastered for Gold CD by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Audio
1975's, Gorilla is James Taylor's sixth album and in many ways it showcases his electric, lighter side. Taylor's unique blend of well-crafted songs, meticulous production and heartfelt singing are all in abundance here on Gorilla. Several chart-topping singles came out of the album including "Mexico" and Taylor's take on Motown's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" thrust the introspective balladeer into the role of hit-making cover artist.
However, the two big Billboard hits from this album shouldn't overshadow some other true classic James Taylor performances and compositions on Gorilla, such as "Music," "Fool to Care," "Lighthouse" and "Wandering" may very well be the most beautiful song ever created. The lush mini-suite "Love Songs" opens with a guitar and clarinet duet and finds James moving ever so discreetly into Gershwin territory.
In this period of JT's creativity he was surrounded by a busy and fulfilling musical landscape where Philly Soul, Motown, funk and country rock were all over the charts and radio stations across the nation and he was more then willing to harness all of this into his own signature sound. Gorilla is a beautifully mature album that contains some very good easy listening soft rock music and Taylor is backed up by some of the greatest musicians around, like Graham Nash, David Crosby, Carly Simon, Randy Newman, David Sanborn, David Grisman, Lowell George and Linda Ronstadt. Mastered for Gold CD by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Audio.
Audio Fidelity's 24K + Gold compact discs reproduce the ultimate sound of classic recorded performances without the irregular plated surfaces of standard aluminum discs. Their 24K + Gold series brings you classic music in deluxe packaging with see-through slip cases. They only use the original vintage mixes played back on a specially constructed playback deck.
Here's where the Plus comes in: engineers Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray use their 30 years of expertise to create the best sounding versions of the music ever released. When they are satisfied with the end result, the final digital master is shipped directly to the manufacturing plant for etching in "real time" onto the glass surface by laser.
The end result of this unique mastering process is a compact disc with the warm sound of the original analog master tape combined with a genuine 24 karat gold surface free of any type of physical defect making their 24K Gold CD series truly one of a kind!
James Taylor Gorilla Track Listing:
3. How Sweet It Is
6. You Make It Easy
7. I Was a Fool to Care
9. Angry Blues
10. Love Songs
11. Sarah Maria