James Taylor's five decades in music will be wrapped up neatly in a two-CD compilation due October 29th from Sony/Legacy. The Essential James Taylor will give equal attention to Taylor's hits on Warner Brothers and Columbia. It even reaches back to the early phase of his recording career -- with the Apple single "Carolina on My Mind."

A 2000 inductee of the both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, Taylor has won five Grammys and sold more than 100-million albums worldwide.

His earliest hits, such as "Fire and Rain," helped define the singer-songwriter movement of the '70s. He also put his imprint on songs made famous by others -- ranging from classics such as "How Sweet It Is," "Handy Man" and close friend Carole King's "You've Got a Friend."

Taylor, who has spent much of this year working on a new album, will next perform on January 26th, when he'll salute Carole King as MusiCares Person of the Year for 2014.