500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

James Taylor, 'Sweet Baby James'
500
104/500

104. James Taylor, 'Sweet Baby James'

Warner Bros., 1970

Taylor went through a private hell on the way to recording his hugely successful second album – including two stays in a psychiatric institution (a fellow patient's suicide inspired "Fire and Rain"). But the confessional lyrics, spare melodicism and quiet strength in his voice made the album a model of Seventies folk-pop healing.

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