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James Taylor - Covers, Due September 30th

One of James Taylor's greatest strengths is his uncanny ability to do cover versions in a way that both retains the quality of the original composition but at the same time make it sound totally like a James Taylor song. There are many instances of this over the course of his career, "Handyman" is a classic example. His next album will be all cover versions, the cleverly titled CD, Covers will be released on September 30th on Starbucks' Hear Music label. James describes the album thusly on Amazon where the album is already available for preorder. I've done covers of other people's songs since the beginning. Looking over the various collections of my tunes a fair-sized portion of my "hits" have been covers: "You've Got a Friend", "How Sweet it Is", "Up On the Roof", "Handyman" this is not uncharted water for me. I've always thought that writing an original song and reinterpreting someone else's