Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor , recorded and released in Released in April , the album contains Taylor's biggest hit single in the US, a cover version of the Carole King standard " You've Got a Friend ", which hit 1 on the Billboard charts on July 31, , his only song to do so. The week before, the album itself reached its peak position of 2 in the Billboard album charts.
It was held off the top spot by King, then ruling the charts with the blockbuster Tapestry album, which contained her version of "You've Got a Friend".
Reviewing for Rolling Stone in , Ben Gerson found the album to be a "dull listening" the first few times: "Once the melodies begin to sink in, and the LP's raison d'etre is discovered, the album's subtle tensions begin to appear.
And while the album at this point makes for pleasant, absorbing listening, there is a terrible weariness to it which is part of its artistic statement. Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was more critical of Taylor's songwriting. From what? From success, poor fella.
Blues singers lived on the road out of economic necessity, although they often got into it; Taylor is an addict, pure and simple. A born-rich nouveau star who veers between a 'homestead on the farm' what does he raise there, hopes? Interesting, intricate, unlistenable. All songs by James Taylor unless otherwise noted.
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Maybe you an me can meet again. Just nine lucky soldiers had come through the night Half of them wounded and barely alive Just nine out of twenty was a headed for home With eleven sad stories to tell.
Let the doctor and the lawyer do as much as they can Let the springtime begin Let the boy become a man I done wasted too much time just to sing you this sad song I done been this lonesome picker a little too long.
The government boys they came for Machine Gun And took the poor boy away They stuck him in a hole in Leavenworth prison Where he lived until his dying day. You've Got a Friend. Carole King. Places in My Past. Riding on a Railroad.
Mud Slide Slim. Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox. You Can Close Your Eyes. Machine Gun Kelly. Long Ago and Far Away. Let Me Ride. Highway Song. Spotify Amazon. You've Got a Friend Carole King. Places in My Past James Taylor. Riding on a Railroad James Taylor.