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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/1993
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644705621
  • Catalog Number: 47056
  • Sales rank: 4,219

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
Doug Sax Mastering
Michael White Engineer
John Godenzi Engineer
Randy Hutson Engineer
Stephanie Mauer Art Direction
Steve Duffy Composer
Charles Merenstein Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Steamrolled.

    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.

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