New Numbered Edition Mini-LP-Style Packaging
Flag is Classic JT: At-Home Folk Arrangements, Soft-Rock Coziness, Captivating Emotion - Contains Classics "Up On the Roof" and "Rainy Day Man"
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.
Mobile Fidelityâ€™s brilliant-sounding hybrid SACD is, and the results are as spectacular as chilling out to Taylorâ€™s mellifluous voice on a summer night. Flush with exquisite acoustic textures, beautiful tonalities, and studio-perfect dynamics, this audiophile version brings Taylorâ€™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 Taylorâ€™s most under-appreciated efforts. And itâ€™s not because the content is lacking. The beloved singer enters his hallmark storytelling mode on â€œSleep Come Free Meâ€ and dizzies the senses with the beloved â€œRainy Day Man.â€ Drawing from his musical Working (based on legendary author Studs Terkelâ€™s book of the same name), â€œMillworkerâ€ and â€œBrother Truckerâ€ are lessons in character studies, Taylorâ€™s narratives peering into the heart of blue-collar America and reflecting his knack for the everymanâ€”and everywoman.
Similarly, a pair of coversâ€”â€œUp on the Roofâ€ and â€œDay Tripperâ€â€”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 Fidelityâ€™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, Taylorâ€™s finite acoustic playing, well-mannered melodies, reflective words, and refined singing are experienced as a whole. The amount of new musical information thatâ€™s been uncovered will boggle the minds of even the most ardent Taylor fans.
Trust us: Flag is one of Taylorâ€™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" â€“ 3:47
2. "Johnnie Comes Back" â€“ 3:55
3. "Day Tripper" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) â€“ 4:25
4. "I Will Not Lie for You" â€“ 3:16
5. "Brother Trucker" â€“ 4:01
6. "Is That the Way You Look?" â€“ 1:59
7. "B.S.U.R." â€“ 3:23
8. "Rainy Day Man" (Taylor, Zach Wiesner) â€“ 3:02
9. "Millworker" â€“ 3:52
10. "Up on the Roof" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) â€“ 4:21
11. "Chanson FranÃ§aise" â€“ 2:05
12. "Sleep Come Free Me" â€“ 4:43