For this ‘Throwback Thursday’ (TBT) episode of Documenting Popular Music, we are replaying our 2015 review of James Taylor’s ‘Before this World' album. To date, it is the last studio album Taylor has released, and he has been performing songs from the album on his current concert tour.
‘Before this World’ was produced by one of Taylor’s long-time collaborators, Dave O’Donnell, and the core musicians who perform on the album have also been part of Taylor's inner circle for a long time. Additionally, guests Sting and Yo-Yo Ma appear on the album, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s album chart when it was released.
Included on the album is the now classic “Angels of Fenway,” a tribute to the Boston Red Sox World Series championship season in 2004.
Musicians on the Album:
Luis Conte: Percussion
Walt Fowler: Handclaps
Steve Gadd: Drums
Larry Goldings: Piano, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, Organ, Accordion, Harmonium
Jimmy Johnson: Bass
Michael Landau: Electric and Nylon-String Guitars
David Lasley: Vocals
Yo-Yo Ma: Cello
Kate Markowitz: Vocals
Arnold McCuller: Vocals
Rajendra Prasanna: Shehnai
Caroline Taylor: Vocals
Henry Taylor: Vocals
James Taylor: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Hi-Strung Guitar, Synth Guitar
Andrea Zonn: Fiddle and Vocals
The O&F Studios is currently working on an elaborate edition of Documenting Popular Music, which will take a look at the year in music from 1977, a significant year that helped shape the latter half of the 70s.
Additional episodes currently being produced include an interview with the author of a new biography about Gordon Lightfoot and an in-depth interview with Merilee Rush (“Angel of the Morning”).