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NEWS 19 Oct 2007

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James Taylor's "One Man Band" To Be Released On November 13 On Hear Music

New CD/DVD Set Features Some of the Most Treasured Recordings in the History of American Music

Executive Producer Sydney Pollack and Producer/Director Don Mischer Weave Together Live Performances, Rare Home Movies, Exclusive Interviews and Special Features for DVD

LOS ANGELES; OCTOBER 18, 2007 - Hear Music will release James Taylor's "One Man Band" on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at all Starbucks Company-operated locations and traditional retailers in the U.S and Canada. "One Man Band" will be released globally at traditional retail on November 26, 2007. "One Man Band," a new CD/DVD set, marks a return to an earlier, simpler style of performance for the quintessential singer-songwriter. The DVD, produced and directed by Don Mischer ("Kennedy Center Honors," and "Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show with Prince") and executive produced by Sydney Pollack ("Out of Africa," "Sketches of Frank Gehry"), helps tell the stories behind some of Taylor's most beloved hits through exclusive interviews, rare multi-media footage, home movies and photographs from Taylor's personal archives. The result is an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind portrait of an iconic American artist, his renowned repertoire and the personal stories behind the songs.

"This project has been working in my mind for years," says Taylor. "Performing these songs in their original, stripped-down form in small halls is like going to the well for water. It reconnects me to the music and puts me back in touch with the audience."

Mr. Taylor began his career in the late-‘60s with a guitar, a suitcase and a handful of original songs. On "One Man Band," Taylor returns to this spirit and showcases material over the past 40 years from "Something in the Way She Moves," "Carolina In My Mind," "Fire and Rain," right up to "Mean Old Man" and "My Traveling Star" from Taylor's most recent release "October Road." Filmed at recent concerts at the Colonial Theatre in the Berkshires, the performances feature insightful and humorous anecdotes on the inspiration for the songs.

Over the course of his career, James Taylor has sold over 40 million albums, and won over 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards as well as five GRAMMY® Awards. Taylor's first "Greatest Hits" album earned him the RIAA's elite Diamond Award, given for sales in excess of 10 million units in the United States. In 2000, Taylor was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. In February 2006, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences named Taylor its MUSICARES Person of the Year.

As the next artist to appear on the Hear Music label, Taylor joins fellow music legends Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell, along with soon-to-be-announced emerging artists. Hear Music's inaugural release, McCartney's "Memory Almost Full," debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and Mitchell debuted at #14, her highest chart position in her career.

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