On March 16, 1971.


On March 16, 1971, “Warner Bros” label released “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon”, the third James Taylor studio album. It was recorded January – February 1971, at “Crystal Sound Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Peter Asher. In 1972, song “You’ve Got a Friend” won “Grammy” for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance”.


  • James Taylor -vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
  • Danny Kortchmar- acoustic and electric guitar, congas
  • John Hartford – banjo
  • Peter Asher- tambourine, backing vocals
  • Kevin Kelly – piano, accordion
  • Carole King- piano, backing vocals
  • Richard Greene- fiddle
  • Leland Sklar – bass
  • Russ Kunkel – drums, congas, tambourine, cabasa, cowbell, small cymbals
  • The Memphis Horns- horns
  • Andrew Love- tenor saxophone
  • Wayne Jackson- trumpet
  • Gail Haness – backing vocals
  • Steven Edney- backing vocals
  • Joni Mitchell- backing vocals
  • Kate Taylor- backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by James Taylor, except where noted.

  1. Love Has Brought Me Around
  2. You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
  3. Places in My Past
  4. Riding on a Railroad
  5. Soldiers
  6. Mud Slide Slim
  7. Hey Mister, That’s Me up on the Jukebox
  8. You Can Close Your Eyes
  9. Machine Gun Kelly – Danny Kortchmar
  10. Long Ago and Far Away
  11. Let Me Ride
  12. Highway Song
  13. Isn’t It Nice to Be Home Again

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