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James Taylor at United Recording With Dave O’Donnell For “Before This World”

James Taylor's "Before This World" is his first album to hit the top spot on the Billboard 200 in his more than four-decade career.

Taylor’s First #1 Album Tops the Billboard 200

Pictured in United Recording’s famed Studio B in Hollywood are (L-R) James Taylor with his Olson guitar, assistant engineer Scott Moore, and producer/engineer Dave O’Donnell.  Photo by David Goggin.

James Taylor’s “Before This World” is his first album to hit the top spot on the Billboard 200 in his more than four-decade career. The album, produced and engineered by Dave O’Donnell, began with tracking at Taylor’s private studio in Massachusetts and was worked on at United Recording in Hollywood.

“In addition to James’ performances and the great songs, this record is all about how great his band is,” commented O’Donnell, who has been working with Taylor since 2000.  “Jimmy Johnson on bass, Steve Gadd on drums, Michael Landau on guitar, Larry Goldings on keyboards and accordion, Luis Conte on percussion, and the singers Arnold McCuller, David Lasley, Kate Markowitz, and Andrea Zonn.”

Grammy-winner Dave O’Donnell has worked with Taylor for the past 15 years, and has recorded with many other top artists, including Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo’, Lyle Lovett, Milton Nascimento, Joss Stone, Morrissey and Ray Charles, among many others.

“I loved working on this album at United,” added O’Donnell. “Assistant engineer Scott Moore was great and I love that old Neve console. They have a nice selection of outboard gear, including 1176’s that were in perfect shape and nice to have. They also have excellent microphones, as good as you can get, and everything else we needed without having to bring in anything extra.”

“Before This World,” on the Concord Music label, is James Taylor’s 17th full-length album and the first disc of original material since 2002’s “October Road.”

About United Recording
United Recording was founded in 1957 by the legendary recording engineer and electronics inventor Bill Putnam with the backing of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The studios were acquired and renamed Ocean Way Recording in 1977, and after acquisition in 2013 by Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., were re-launched under the original name in 2014. United Recording, one of the world’s most recognized music recording studios, with more awards than any other recording enterprise, is responsible for record sales of more than one billion units.

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