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Bob Womack 07-24-2018 05:09 AM

Folk rock was complete with James Taylor's "Lighthouse."
 
No, I don't mean all the good ideas were spent, but, darn, it sure felt close.



A guy in my four-man dorm room my first year of college (1975) had this album. I generously wore it out for him. The credits read like a who's who. The song is great for a rainy day like this.



Discuss amongst yourselves. :)


Bob

llew 07-24-2018 05:30 AM

I had that album too. And learned many of the songs from it. You're right about the "who's who". If I recall correctly David Crosby and Graham Nash sang backup vocals on "Lighthouse". Beautiful song and great album. Thanks for sharing and for bringing back a lot of old memories!

frances50 07-24-2018 07:23 AM

Great song that I haven't heard in a long time. Thanks for posting.

GHS 07-24-2018 07:53 AM

Yes, this song and Gordon LIghtfoot's "Broken Dreams" are two of the best that left a deep impression on my choice of music.

62&climbing 07-24-2018 07:54 AM

The Crosby/Nash harmonies are immediately identifiable. And they seem so effortless. I always wonder how many takes it takes to get it right? Too bad they are not working together anymore.

KenL 07-24-2018 07:56 AM

Great album, thanks! Haven't heard that tune in a long while.

llew 07-24-2018 08:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 62&climbing (Post 5791120)
The Crosby/Nash harmonies are immediately identifiable. And they seem so effortless. I always wonder how many takes it takes to get it right? Too bad they are not working together anymore.

Yeah...it's a shame really?

mercy 07-24-2018 09:27 AM

I have been thinking about this for several hours this morning and monitoring the responses so Im ready to ask. Ive never thought of James as folk or rock so how could he be folk rock? The Byrds define folk rock to me. Some would say Dylans electric period, certainly Buffalo springfield, some of CSNY etc. So educate me cause this is my favorite style and I wasnt to know.

Bob Womack 07-24-2018 10:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mercy (Post 5791194)
I have been thinking about this for several hours this morning and monitoring the responses so Im ready to ask. Ive never thought of James as folk or rock so how could he be folk rock? The Byrds define folk rock to me. Some would say Dylans electric period, certainly Buffalo springfield, some of CSNY etc. So educate me cause this is my favorite style and I wasnt to know.

I just looked at the ensemble on this song, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, hornorgan, and organ. Reviews tend to refer to this album as L.A. rock. I always thought of James' early style as folk.


What would you call it?


Bob

zombywoof 07-24-2018 10:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Womack (Post 5791262)
I just looked at the ensemble on this song, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, hornorgan, and organ. Reviews tend to refer to this album as L.A. rock. I always thought of James' early style as folk.


What would you call it?


Bob

How about Pop-Folk?

Tico 07-24-2018 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by KenL (Post 5791121)
Great album, thanks! Haven't heard that tune in a long while.

+1!

JT's guitar playing sounds so friendly and accessible, but coming anything close to nailing it is extraordinarily difficult.

I teach and find JT's playing to be a rich mother-load of technique to be mined.
It's so subtle and expressive, yet complex.
... and not just his playing alone; the advanced student can also work on tastefully incorporating some parts from the other instruments in his brilliantly produced songs.

When my students and I are selecting their next piece I'll play them some JT, of course only if they're ready for it.
They love it and want to learn it, but I warn them how deceptively difficult it is.

Dog Shape Cloud 07-24-2018 11:38 AM

When I think "folk rock" I think of these guys, though they're not anything like JT.


ahorsewithnonam 07-24-2018 01:28 PM

I still have that LP, along with In the Pocket. 1975, I was 20, dating my wife, what a great summer it was.

tippy5 07-24-2018 02:05 PM

My first concert 1971 Hollywood Bowl with the LA killer rhythm section Lee Sklar and Russell Kunkel. That was quite the night.

The same year my friend and I @ 15, played a wedding. We sang with duo acoustics 2 songs, one of which was Country Road. I still have the hand bill with Sweet Baby James smiling.

Thanks for the 1975 song. Graham Nash is playing my 400 seat theatre upcoming. Maybe David Crosby, who lives 45 minutes away will come by?

http://www.concertposterart.com/imag...er-Type-Ad.jpg

Glennwillow 07-24-2018 02:09 PM

I think I have the Lighthouse CD on a shelf somewhere. I need to go listen to it, because I don't remember a thing about it. I'll get back.

In 1975 I was 27 years old, my wife and I were having our first child, I was very busy at work, and we moved 3 times that year. So I was probably not paying attention to what James Taylor was doing at the time.

- Glenn


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