The blog Spitball Army takes a look at James Taylor’s cover of “It’s Growing” from his upcoming album Covers, to be released next week. The song is rumored to be the first single off of the album.
I queued up the James Taylor Covers CD and pressed Play. Everything about his recording, with the exception of the added brass and tinkly piano part and added-back “g” at the end of the song title, is basically a carbon copy of his sister Kate’s take on it from thirty years earlier.
For comparison’s sake, there are MP3s of the song by The Temptations from 1965, James’ sister Kate Taylor from 1978 from her excellent self-titled album (which the blogger either forgets or doesn’t know was produced and probably arranged by James Taylor, which would explain the similar take of James’ version on Covers), and James’ version from the new album.