James Taylor

The Essential James Taylor [Sony]

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The 2013 double-disc anthology The Essential James Taylor brings together most of the influential singer/songwriter's best-loved recordings from across his 45-year career. Included are such cuts as "Fire and Rain," "You've Got a Friend," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," "Something in the Way She Moves," and other classics. Also featured are many latter-day recordings such as "Her Town Too," "Everyday," "Never Die Young," "My Traveling Star," and more. The Essential James Taylor offers a superb overview of Taylor's career from earthy folk-singer and journeyman troubadour to elder statesman of traditional pop music.

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