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Gorilla (James Taylor album)

Gorilla
Studio album by James Taylor
Released May 1, 1975
Recorded March 17 – April 24, 1975 at Warner Bros. Studios, North Hollywood and The Burbank Studios, Burbank
Genre Rock, folk, easy listening
Length 38:46
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Russ Titelman, Lenny Waronker
James Taylor chronology
Walking Man
(1974)
Gorilla
(1975)
In the Pocket
(1976)

Gorilla is singer-songwriter James Taylor's sixth studio album. Released in 1975, it was more successful than Walking Man, his previous release, with two hits: "Mexico" and "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", which rose to the top five on the Billboard charts. This would be his second-to-last release of new material for Warner Bros. Records, his last being In the Pocket. In many ways, Gorilla showcased Taylor's electric, lighter side that became evident on Walking Man. The song "Sarah Maria" is about his daughter Sally (born Sarah Maria Taylor on January 7, 1974). His wife Carly Simon is featured on "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" originally recorded by Marvin Gaye. Jimmy Buffett covered "Mexico" on his 1995 album Barometer Soup and performed "Lighthouse" during his Salty Piece of Land tour of 2005.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
MusicHound 3.5/5[4]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [6]

Track listing

All songs by James Taylor unless otherwise noted.

Side One

  1. "Mexico" – 2:57
  2. "Music" – 3:46
  3. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" (Holland/Dozier/Holland) – 3:33
  4. "Wandering" (Traditional; arrangement and additional lyrics: Taylor) – 2:40
  5. "Gorilla" – 3:10
  6. "You Make It Easy" – 4:10

Side Two

  1. "I Was a Fool to Care" – 3:19
  2. "Lighthouse" – 3:15
  3. "Angry Blues" – 3:25
  4. "Love Songs" – 5:45
  5. "Sarah Maria" – 2:46

Personnel

References

  1. ^ http://www.buffettnews.com/resources/songs/?song=299
  2. ^ link
  3. ^ link
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1125.  
  5. ^ link
  6. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide".  
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