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Album Review

"A live James Taylor album has been suggested, demanded and contemplated for many years," writes Taylor's manager/producer, Peter Asher, in this album's liner notes, and the reasons are not hard to find. For one thing, Taylor has been a successful concert attraction for more than 20 years. For another, an artist who has scored in excess of 30 chart records (on four different labels) over those years is represented by only one, 20-year-old hits compilation. The 30-track, two-hour Live, drawn from a tour staged specifically to record it, is an attempt to address those points. Fronting a typically top-notch band, Taylor ranges across his repertoire, back to 1968 for "Something in the Way She Moves" and "Carolina in My Mind," and up to 1991 for "Copperline," among other songs drawn from New Moon Shine. In between come most of his hits. (The most notable exception is "Her Town, Too," and there is a general paucity of later recordings like "That's Why I'm Here" and "Never Die Young.") Taylor treats the material in his relaxed, assured style, making occasional ironic or self-deprecatory remarks between songs and charming his audience even more. The effect of presenting the songs in a uniform manner is to imply an equality between them, as though the deeper material was less significant and the slighter songs more substantial. But that doesn't keep the set from being a consistently enjoyable listening experience. Taylor remains sorely in need of a retrospective that would bring his work into concise coherence, but this one at least presents most of his best-known material in effective performances.

Customer Reviews

A Great Compiliation

These are the greatest tunes for all Moods, he,s done just one better and that is Classic Songs, this is one to all ways be in the iPod. His son is also doing great things, he sounds very similar as you,d expect maybe a little softer but no complaints he,s very good, maybe they,ll get together on a concert with Carly. Jane Taylor (non relation)is also a rising Star, it must be in the name as she has a sound and quality to match the Surname.

Best find I ever had !!

I stumbled across a live concert on TV one day and was immediately captivated. Never found out who it was until I saw him turn up in an episode of the simpsons! Went out and bought this live cd the next day and it has been ever present since then. Dont miss out on some of the best chill out music you will ever hear.

Bloody American crowds!

Wonderful music totally ruined by stupid people in the crowd whooping and cheering every note. Quiet numbers spoilt throughout - wish I hadn't bought it now. Pity as performance is superb.

Biography

Born: 12 March 1948 in Belmont, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When people use the term "singer/songwriter" (often modified by the word "sensitive") in praise or in criticism, they're thinking of James Taylor. In the early '70s, when he appeared with his introspective songs, acoustic guitar, and calm, understated singing style, he mirrored a generation's emotional exhaustion after tumultuous times. Just as Bing Crosby's reassuring voice brought the country out of the Depression and through World War II, Taylor's eased the transition from '60s activism and its...
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