James Taylor Strikes up His ''One Man Band'' on Hear Music

    New CD/DVD Set Features Live Recordings of Taylor's Greatest Hits

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

    LOS ANGELES, August 13 /CNW/ - Hear Music announced today it will release
James Taylor's "One Man Band," a new CD/DVD set of live recordings and the
stories behind the songs. The set list is drawn from Taylor's recent concerts
at the Colonial Theatre in the Berkshires and features new performances from
some of the iconic singer/songwriter's most beloved recordings including
"Something in the Way," "Carolina in my Mind," and "Fire and Rain,"
interspersed with Taylor's insightful and humorous anecdotes on the
inspiration for the songs. "One Man Band" will be available at Starbucks
Company-operated locations and traditional retailers around the world this
holiday season.

    "This set is an intimate retrospective of 40 years worth of songs and the
people, places and events that inspired them," said Taylor. "I am very
grateful to Don Mischer, Sydney Pollack, and Hear Music for taking great care
with what are very personal songs for me and my fans."

    For the DVD portion of "One Man Band," Taylor called on veteran
television events producer and director Don Mischer ("Kennedy Center Honors,"
and "Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show with Prince") and executive producer and
acclaimed filmmaker Sydney Pollack ("Out of Africa," "Sketches of Frank
Gehry") and their extensive talents to properly capture the feel of the live
concerts. "One Man Band" tells the story of Taylor's songs through exclusive
interviews and rare multi-media footage, including home movies and photographs
from Taylor's personal archives. The result is an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind
portrait of an artist, his renowned repertoire and the personal stories behind
the songs.

    "James is one of the most respected and beloved artists in the history of
popular music," said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment who
also oversees Hear Music. "This exceptional collection of songs, combined with
Taylor's unique, first-hand reflections, is a must-have for any music fan.
We're so pleased to have James on our label and to release an album of songs
that have become the soundtrack to so many lives."

    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(R) 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.

    About Hear Music

    Hear Music is an innovative record label and partnership between
Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group. Rooted in quality,
authenticity and passion, Hear Music works directly with artists, both
emerging and established, to bring quality music to the widest possible
audience, in both Starbucks locations and traditional music retailers

For further information:

For further information: For Hear Music ID Public Relations Allison
Elbl, 323-822-4851 aelbl@id-pr.com

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