1980 Livingston Taylor – Man’s Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend is singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor‘s sixth album, and fifth original album, released in 1980.

Livingston Taylor (born November 21, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He attended the Westtown School in Pennsylvania. He is the brother of singer-songwriter James Taylor and a faculty member at Berklee College of Music.

In the 1980s Taylor released his second album on the Epic label, Man’s Best Friend. The album contained the songs: “First Time Love,” and “Pajamas” (sometimes known as “I’ve Got My Pajamas On”), which was later adapted into a book for children written by Taylor and his wife, Maggie. Taylor hosted a nationally syndicated television show, This Week’s Music, and began teaching performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Tracks

1  Ready Set Go (Jeff Baxter, Livingston Taylor, David Wolfert) 3:15
2  Dance With Me (John Hall, Joanna Hall) 3:19
3  First Time Love (Pat Alger, Peter Kaminsky) 2:45
4  Sunshine Girl (John Manchester, Livingston Taylor) 3:50
5  You Don’t Have To Choose (Jeff Baxter, Livingston Taylor) 3:30
6  Dancing In The Street (William Stevenson, Marvin Gaye, Ivy Hunter) 3:27
7  Out Of This World (Maggie Taylor, Livingston Taylor) 2:36
8  Face Like Dog (John Manchester, Livingston Taylor) 4:05
9  Pajamas (Maggie Taylor, Livingston Taylor) 1:57
10  Marie (Randy Newman) 2:22

Media

Musicians

1 Ready Set Go

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarJeff Baxter
KeyboardsJai Winding
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsCarta Thomas


2 Dance With Me

BassScott Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarLivingston Taylor
KeyboardsVictor Feldman
SaxGary Foster
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk
Background VocalsDon Henley


3 First Time Love

BassScott Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Acoustic GuitarLivingston Taylor
KeyboardsVictor Feldman
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk


4 Sunshine Girl

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJeff Baxter
Acoustic GuitarLivingston Taylor
KeyboardsJai Winding
Background VocalsMark Volman
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk


5 You Don’t Have To Choose

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarJeff Baxter
KeyboardsJai Winding
SynthesizerJeff Baxter


6 Dancing In The Street

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarSteve Cropper
KeyboardsJai Winding
OrganJeff Baxter
SaxJames Mitchell
SaxAndrew Love
SaxLewis Collins Jr
TromboneJack Hale
TrumpetBen Cauley
VocalsCarla Thomas


7 Out Of This World

BassScott Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Acoustic GuitarLivingston Taylor
KeyboardsVictor Feldman
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk


8 Face Like Dog

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarJeff Baxter
KeyboardsJai Winding
PercussionVictor Feldman


9 Pajamas

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarJeff Baxter
KeyboardsJai Winding


10 Marie

OrchestrationJimmie Haskell

Liner Notes

Producer – Jeff Baxter, John Boylan