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Album Review

Best Live is a 12-track, single-disc abridgement of the 30-track, double-disc (Live). The set focuses on songs dating from James Taylor's Warner Brothers years, including "Fire and Rain," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" (but not, curiously, "You've Got a Friend"). It also contains the Columbia hits "Handy Man" and "Your Smiling Face." The songs are well-performed, but most of this material is available in its original recordings on Greatest Hits.

Customer Reviews

JT at His Best

This is the most listen-to CD in my collection. JT in concert can be an emotional event that is not to be missed and this release perfectly typifies the experience. His musical engagement of the crowd is rarely matched. His band is the definition of tight. The energy of the set is stunning, right down to the song selection. And, his back-up singers bring such smooth harmonies to JT’s music, even non-JT fans say, “Wow!” If you’ve seen JT live, this release will put a lump in your throat for the memories it brings. If you haven’t seen JT live, give this CD a listen and you’ll be first in line when he comes to your town.


Born: March 12, 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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