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James Last’s ‘lost’ America album finally released

July 31, 2013

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James LastA ‘lost album’ by James Last has finally been released – 44 years after it was recorded.

Titled The America Album, it was produced in Hamburg in 1969 specifically for American audiences. The album wasn’t released and disappeared into Polydor’s archives for almost five decades.

The 11-track album has been described as “artistically ambitious” and “ahead of its time”. It features pop and rock-oriented songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Jimmy Webb, Laura Nyro and Rod McKuen – including classic late-1960s songs such as ‘Wedding Bell Blues’, ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, ‘Lady Lady Lay’ and ‘Ballad of Easy Rider’.

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James Taylor to release album of cover versions of classic hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s

August 7, 2008


James Taylor is set to release a new album featuring versions of 12 classic songs from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies – written by legendary songwriters such as Leiber & Stoller, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Jimmy Webb and Leonard Cohen.


Following in the footsteps of Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell, Taylor will release the new album – titled Covers – on the Starbucks-owned record label, Hear Music, in September.


James Taylor fans will be able to purchase the album from Starbucks coffee shops as well as traditional record stores.


Covers is Taylor’s first studio release since October Road in 2002. It’s his second collaboration with Starbucks, having released a live CD/DVD collection via Hear Music in the US last November.


As one of the world’s greatest singer-songwriters, it’s ironic that the creator of songs like ‘Fire and Rain’, ‘Carolina On My Mind’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ has enjoyed much greater commercial success with other people’s songs – most notably ‘You’ve Got A Friend’,’ Handy Man’, and ‘How Sweet It Is’.


The new Covers album even features James Taylor’s take on ‘Some Days You Gotta Dance’ by the Dixie Chicks.


Taylor and his Band of Legends reportedly gathered in a converted barn in Massachusetts last January and recorded the whole album in ten days.


“An album of other people’s music is something I’ve been wanting to do for years,” says Taylor. “I’ve enjoyed performing these songs over the years, but to record them live in a room with these incredible musicians was just extraordinary.”


Full list of tracks:


1. ‘It’s Growing’ (written by William ‘Smokey’ Robinson & Warren Moore and recorded by The Temptations).

2. ‘(I’m A) Road Runner’ (by Edward Holland Jr.-Lamont Dozier-Brian Holland and made popular by Jr. Walker & the All Stars).

3. ‘Wichita Lineman’ (written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by Glen Campbell).

4. ‘Why Baby Why’ (by Darrell Edwards & George Jones).

5. ‘Some Days You Gotta Dance’ (by Troy Johnson & Marshall Morgan and recorded by the Dixie Chicks).

6. ‘Seminole Wind’ (by John Anderson).

7. ‘Suzanne’ (by Leonard Cohen).

8. ‘Hound Dog (written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, with Taylor’s version inspired by the original Big Mama Thornton recording).

9. ‘Sadie’ (by Joseph Jefferson, Charles Simmons & Bruce Hawes and made popular by The Spinners).

10. ‘On Broadway’ (by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Cynthia Weil & Barry Mann – recorded by The Drifters).

11. ‘Summertime Blues’ (written by Eddie Cochran & Jerry Capehart).

12. ‘Not Fade Away’ (by Norman Petty & Buddy Holly).

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