Coming on October 29th is the double-disc collection, The Essential James Taylor. The compilation marks the first time James Taylor‘s work for both Warner Bros. and Columbia Records has been collected on one two-CD set. The career-spanning album features such Taylor standards as “Sweet Baby James,” “Fire And Rain,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Mexico,” “Shower The People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Her Town Too,” and “Copperline,” among many others.

James Taylor told us that despite the pressures of the music business, he’s never felt any competition with his peers, or himself, when writing or recording new music.