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Live
     

Live

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by James Taylor
 

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"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

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"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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/1993
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644705621
catalogNumber:
47056
Rank:
5406

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Don Grolnick   Piano
David Lasley   Vocals
Valerie Carter   Vocals
Cliff Carter   Keyboards
Michael Landau   Guitar
Kate Markowitz   Vocals
Arnold McCutler   Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Clifford Carter   Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Don Grolnick   Producer
Peter Asher   Liner Notes
Jimmy Jones   Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
George Massenburg   Producer
Michael White   Engineer
John Godenzi   Engineer
Randy Hutson   Engineer
Stephanie Mauer   Art Direction
Charles Merenstein   Composer

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Live 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Blaming James Taylor for MOR rock is more than a bit unfair. He would sound weird fronting The E Street Band, for instance. He is a 70s singer-songwriter, no more and no less. Many of his well written songs are part of the baby boomer soundtrack. Fire And Rain is probably the one that will be remembered as a classic. This concert disc serves nicely as a retrospective of his career up till the early 90s. I can't say it is exciting, but, like JT, it is what it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It tells you something about an artist when he can get the best people to tour with him. Just listen to 'Steamroller Blues'. It's one of the best versions I've ever heard of the song. The whole CD is great.