New James Taylor Album Coming
I've always been a fan of James Taylor and was happy to find the following information from an 8/13/07 Reuters story:
Coffee shop chain Starbucks Corp. said on Monday its new Hear Music record label will release a live album by singer-songwriter James Taylor this holiday season.
Taylor's "One Man Band" will be the third album released by Hear Music, which was formed by Starbucks and Concord Music Group earlier this year. An album by folk singer Joni Mitchell will hit stores in September.
The label's first release, Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full," had sold 496,000 copies in the United States as of August 5, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sales at Starbucks stores account for 46 percent of those sales.
Starbucks' influence as a music retail outlet has grown in recent years. Before forming its own record label, it posted a big success with the Ray Charles album, "Genius Loves Company," which won eight Grammy awards.
Hear Music releases are available at U.S. Starbucks and traditional music retailers.
"One Man Band" will be an "intimate retrospective of 40 years worth of songs," Taylor said in a statement, and will include live recordings of "Something in the Way," "Carolina in my Mind," and "Fire and Rain."