James Taylor's Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon is one of those fantastic albums that works best when played in summer, on a relaxed afternoon, like America's first brilliant acoustic album, like Manassas, or the first Eagles album, Joni Mitchell's Blue
Mud Slide Slim was Taylor's third record, a follow up from Sweet Baby James, but without steel guitar and only a little electric.
It has been critisised for being boring (Rolling Stone), for having no standout tracks (hello.... You've Got a Friend), for being too sad, but I couldnt agree less.
It's beauty lies in it's mood, in the fact that the songs blend together seemlessly, like one complete story. Comfortable is a much more accurate description than boring; reflective is better than sad.
If you have been listening to it for thirty years, like I have, it's an old friend, an album that you can return to every now and then, one that won't challenge you, but will bring back all the memories it's attached to......