- Released: March 24, 2005
- Label: Gadfly
- 1.Night Owl - (new version)
- 2.Knocking 'Round The Zoo - (new version)
- 3.Rainy Day Man
- 4.Brighten Your Night With My Day (Intro)
- 5.Brighten Your Night With My Day
- 6.Kootch's Song
- 7.Something's Wrong - (instrumental version)
- 8.Night Owl - (original version)
- 9.Knocking 'Round The Zoo (Intro) - (original version)
- 10.Knocking 'Round The Zoo - (original version)
This features recordings made in 1967 by the rock and roll band in which James Taylor played before he was signed as a solo artist to Apple Records. This 1996 reissue includes versions of "Night Owl" and "Knocking 'Round The Zoo" that did not appear on the original LP version of JAMES TAYLOR AND THE ORIGINAL FLYING MACHINE (which was released in 1970, after Taylor gained solo fame).
James Taylor And The Original Flying Machine: James Taylor (vocals, guitar); Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar (guitar, background vocals); Al Gorgoni (harpsichord); Zachary Wiesner, Jerry (bass); Joel O'Brien (drums).
Additional personnel: John Platania, Ralph Legnini (guitar); Charles Lagonde (saxophone); Dave Herndon (trumpet, flugelhorn); Oscar Hernandez (organ, percussion); Rob Sabino (organ); Tony Mercadante (bass, programming); Bobby Sabella (drums, percussion).
Engineers include: Eddie Youngblood, Wally Sheffey, Ed Solan.
Recorded in 1967. Includes original release liner notes by Al Gorgoni and Chip Taylor and new liner notes by Chip Taylor.
Personnel: James Taylor (vocals, guitar); Danny Kortchmar (guitar); Ralph Legnini, John Platania (electric guitar); Al Gorgoni (harpsichord); Oscar Hernandez (organ, percussion); Robert Sabino (organ); Joel O'Brien (drums).
Audio Remixers: David Smith ; David Smith .
Recording information: Northlake Sound Studios; Select Sound Studios; Soul City Sound.
Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and see how an artist got his start? You can with James Taylor's first taste of success, JAMES TAYLOR & THE ORIGINAL FLYING MACHINE 1967. This is a unique collection of demos and incomplete versions of early songs by Taylor's first group, recorded at the start of his long and prosperous career. Teaming with his boyhood friend Danny Kortchmar and singing lead is a young Taylor who sounds very little like the artist we've come to know.
Instead, this is a very "San Francisco Summer Of Love"-sounding collection that is reflective of the time it was recorded. Still, there are glimmers of Taylor's future style as in the gently sung "Brighten Your Night With My Day" and parts of the psychedelic demo "Kootch's Song." An obvious Motown influence is evident in the funky "Night Owl" and "Knocking 'Round the Zoo." New versions of these two tracks are included for a look at a more polished performer a little further down the line. This disc is a treat for any James Taylor fan.