2002 James Taylor – October Road

October Road is singer-songwriter James Taylor‘s fifteenth studio album. It was released on August 13, 2002 in two versions: a single-disc version and a “limited edition” two-disc version, which contains three extra songs, as well as a video presentation. October Road would become James Taylor’s last album of original material until the 2015 Before This World.

The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 154,000 copies sold in its opening week, which is Taylor’s best sales week performance for an album in the SoundScan era. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on November 21, 2002, and has sold 1,076,000 copies in the US as of May 2015.

Tracks

1  September Grass (John Sheldon) 04:52
2  October Road (James Taylor) 03:58
3  On The 4th Of July (James Taylor) 03:26
4  Whenever You’re Ready (James Taylor) 04:15
5  Belfast To Boston (James Taylor) 04:17
6  Mean Old Man (James Taylor) 03:44
7  My Traveling Star (James Taylor) 03:56
8  Raised Up Family (James Taylor) 04:41
9  Carry Me On My Way (James Taylor) 04:31
10  Caroline I See You (James Taylor) 04:59
11  Baby Buffalo (James Taylor) 04:51
12  Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin; Ralph Blane) 03:50

Media

Musicians

1 September Grass

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJohn Sheldon
KeyboardsRob Mounsey
PercussionM Hans Liebert
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsCaroline Taylor
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
VocalsJames Taylor


2 October Road

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarRy Cooder
GuitarMike Landau
OrganClifford Carter
SaxMichael Brecker
ViolinStuart Duncan
PercussionLuis Conte
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
VocalsJames Taylor


3 On The 4th Of July

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsClifford Carter
SynthesizerRob Mounsey
PercussionLuis Conte
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsChiara Civello
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
VocalsJames Taylor


4 Whenever You’re Ready

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
HornsLou Marini
HornsWalt Fowler
PercussionLuis Conte
PercussionM Hans Liebert
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
VocalsJames Taylor


5 Belfast To Boston

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
PianoM Hans Liebert
BagpipesRob Mounsey
WhistleRob Mounsey
PercussionRob Mounsey
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsJohn Lattanzi
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
Background VocalsKay Hanley
Background VocalsMichael Eisenstein
Background VocalsNina Gordon
Background VocalsSteve Scully
VocalsJames Taylor


6 Mean Old Man

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJohn Pizzarelli
PianoLarry Goldings
SynthesizerRob Mounsey
VocalsJames Taylor


7 My Traveling Star

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
KeyboardsRob Mounsey
ViolinStuart Duncan
PercussionLuis Conte
Background VocalsSally Taylor
VocalsJames Taylor


8 Raised Up Family

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
HornsLou Marini
HornsWalt Fowler
PercussionLuis Conte
PercussionM Hans Liebert
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
VocalsJames Taylor


9 Carry Me On My Way

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarMike Landau
PercussionLuis Conte
VocalsJames Taylor


10 Caroline I See You

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
Fender RhodesClifford Carter
PianoRobbie Kilgore
PianoClifford Carter
HarmonicaTommy Morgan
VocalsJames Taylor


11 Baby Buffalo

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
OrganClifford Carter
PercussionLuis Conte
Background VocalsSally Taylor
VocalsJames Taylor


12 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJohn Pizzarelli
SynthesizerClifford Carter
SaxHarry Allen
VocalsJames Taylor

Strings

Cello – Paula Hochhalter, Steve Erdody (Tracks 6, 7, 10)
Viola – Brian Dembow, Carrie Holzman-Little, Karen Elaine Bakunin (Tracks 6, 7, 10)
Violin – Alan Grunfeld, Bruce Dukov, Julie Gigante, Karen Jones, Kenneth Yerke, Liane Mautner, Margaret Wooten, Natalie Leggett, Robin Olson, Tamara Hatwan (Tracks 6, 7, 10)
Violin – Belinda Whitney, Cenovia Cummins, Donna Tecco, Richard Sortomme (Track 12)

Liner Notes

Producer – Russ Titelman
Arranged By (Strings) – Dave Grusin (Tracks 6, 7, 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – Rob Mounsey (Track 12)
Conductor – Dave Grusin (Tracks 6, 7, 10)
Concertmaster – Ralph Morrisob (Tracks 6, 7, 10)
Coordinator – JoAnn Tominaga
Engineer (Additional Engineers) – M Hans Liebert, Mark Howard
Engineer (Assistant Engineers) – Ben Parrish, Bruce MacFarlane, J Prins, Jason Wormer, Jimmy Hoyson, Keith Shortreed, Luke Yaeger, M Hans Liebert, Matt Beaudoin, Rafi Sofer
Engineer (Engineered By) – Dave O’Donnell
Mastered By – Ted Jensen
Mixed By – Dave O’Donnell, Russ Titelman
Mixed By (Assisted By) – Ryan Smith

Art Direction – Gail Marowitz
Consultant (Cover) – Stephanie Mauer
Design – Giulio Turturro
Photography By (All Other Photos) – Russ Titelman
Photography By (Buffalo Photograph, South Dakota, 1947) – Craig Nelson
Photography By (Cover And Back Cover) – Sante D’Orazio

Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Manufactured By – Columbia Records
Recorded At – Linden Oaks Studios
Recorded At – Clinton Recording Studio
Recorded At – Q Division Studios
Recorded At – Secret Studio, New York
Recorded At – The Village Recorder
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Recorded At – Flying Monkey Studio
Recorded At – Signal Path Studios
Recorded At – Right Track Recording
Mixed At – Right Track Recording
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Copyright (c) – Owl Rat Publishing
Copyright (c) – Rowzer Music
Copyright (c) – Loew’s Incorporated
Pressed By – DADC