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Old 07-24-2018, 05:09 AM
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Default 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.



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Old 07-24-2018, 05:30 AM
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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!
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Great song that I haven't heard in a long time. Thanks for posting.
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Yes, this song and Gordon LIghtfoot's "Broken Dreams" are two of the best that left a deep impression on my choice of music.
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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.
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Great album, thanks! Haven't heard that tune in a long while.
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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?
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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.
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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.


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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.


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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.

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

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


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Old 07-24-2018, 02:09 PM
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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.

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