James Taylor Flag on Numbered Edition 180g LP
Flag is Classic JT: At-Home Folk Arrangements, Soft-Rock Coziness, Captivating Emotion
James Taylor was in 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.
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. our analog 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.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