This article is from the James Taylor FAQ, by Joel Risberg (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
"James Taylor" -- 1971 - Amsco Music Publishing Co.
It contains the entirety of the 1st two albums ("James Taylor" and "Sweet
Baby James") in piano/vocal format, and (unusually for its day)
contained a separate section for guitarists featuring some performance notes
and guitar tablature (a means of writing music for guitar that has becpme
very popular only in the last 4-5 yrs.) The tablature parts were written by
Happy Traum, himself a recording folk musician, and now head of Homespun Tapes
in Woodstock, which offers music instruction tapes by well known musicians,
including one by Livingston. The book also contained the original Apple
release, an interview with James, a letter he wrote about himself, and a
reprinted review of a 1970 Carnegie Hall concert. It is easily recognizable by
its black & white cover photo of a rather severe looking JT. This book was de
rigeur for folk guitarists in the 70s. A great many copies were once in
print, which means it may be easier to locate at used book shops for those
"James Taylor Anthology" - 1973 - Included all of 1st book (above) plus "One
Man Dog." White cover with light blue sketch of JT. "Mud Slide Slim" was
"James Taylor Complete" - 1980 - Remarkably, despite JT's popularity among
guitarists, most of his music remained unpublished until this volume
emerged in 1980. It included "Mud Slide Slim," "Walking Man," "Gorilla,"
"In the Pocket," "JT," and "Flag," but not the other albums.
Separate music books were published for the "JT," "Flag," "Dad Loves His
Work," "That's Why I'm Here," "Never Die Young," and "New Moon Shine"
albums. A recent book covered the "Live" album as well, but the only new
material is "New Hymn." At least 3 different JT books for guitar have been
published, each containing only a few songs, none particularly noteworthy.
Finally, a large 2-volume "James Taylor Complete" also appeared circa 1990.