James Taylor announces that he loves to cuddle

There are lots of other things he loves to do as well – rolling cigarettes for example, or falling off logs.  Now, he knows that sounds crazy – and who are we to disagree – but there’s a reason behind all these confessions of strange behaviour.  They are all things that he believes are as easy “as falling in love with you“, as James Taylor recounts on his new recording of the song ‘As Easy as Rolling Off a Log‘.

It’s just one of the tracks off his new album ‘American Standard‘ (released on 28th February on Fantasy Records) which sees James Taylor sprinkle some of that old James Taylor magic over, you’ve guessed it, fourteen songs from the storied American repertoire of song.  Heck, if Dylan can do it why not James Taylor too – and before Rod Stewart gets ’em all?  Moreover these songs hold a special place in James Taylor’s heart as he notes “these are songs I have always known, most of them were part of my family’s record collection, the first music I heard as a kid growing up in North Carolina.

The tracklist for ‘American Standard’  is:

My Blue Heaven (Walter Donaldson-George A. Whiting)
Moon River (Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer)
Teach Me Tonight (Gene De Paul-Sammy Cahn)
As Easy As Rolling Off A Log (M.K. Jerome-Jack Scholl)
Almost Like Being In Love (Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay Lerner)
Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat (Frank Loesser)
The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael-Ned Washington)
You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught (Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II)
God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday-Arthur Herzog Jr.)
Pennies From Heaven (Arthur Johnston-Johnny Burke)
My Heart Stood Still (Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart)
Ol’ Man River (Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II)
It’s Only A Paper Moon (Harold Arlen-Yip Hardburg-Billy Rose)
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II)

And here is a taste of what is to come….take it away James!

Photo: Norman Seeff

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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