Troubadours - The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Morgan Neville's documentary Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter looks back on the L.A. singer/songwriter community of the late 1960s and early '70s, with its primary focus on Carole King and James Taylor. The film does a good job of charting the trajectory of King and Taylor's careers as well as the heyday of Doug Weston's club The Troubadour, which was a launching pad for many successful L.A. acts of the day. However, whenever the film pulls its focus from its two principles, it seems to get lost, and while there are several other figures who contribute witty and perceptive commentary in the film's interviews (especially Steve Martin, who was a fixture at the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Morgan Neville's documentary Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter looks back on the L.A. singer/songwriter community of the late 1960s and early '70s, with its primary focus on Carole King and James Taylor. The film does a good job of charting the trajectory of King and Taylor's careers as well as the heyday of Doug Weston's club The Troubadour, which was a launching pad for many successful L.A. acts of the day. However, whenever the film pulls its focus from its two principles, it seems to get lost, and while there are several other figures who contribute witty and perceptive commentary in the film's interviews (especially Steve Martin, who was a fixture at the Troubadour in his early days as a standup comic), the film ultimately has too many holes and puts slightly too rosy a glow around King and Taylor, sometimes feeling more like an infomercial for their Live at the Troubadour album than an objective documentary. A ten-song CD is included with the Hear Music DVD release of the film, and though it primarily focuses on artists covered in the film, it also adds a few acts that don't make the cut in the movie, most notably Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, and Little Feat (whose leader Lowell George wasn't a singer/songwriter in the traditional sense but was a powerfully influential figure on the L.A. scene of the day). At 35 minutes, the CD seems a bit skimpy, but the songs are well chosen and offer a lovely overview of an era of great record making, and ultimately captures a broader range of what made the L.A. soft rock community memorable than what's in the film. Perhaps the people who compiled the CD should have been given two discs to create a more lengthy celebration of the Laurel Canyon sound, with the DVD as an extra rather than the other way around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2011
  • Label: Hear Music
  • UPC: 888072320789
  • Catalog Number: 32078
  • Sales rank: 63,368

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Troubadours
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sweet Baby James (2:53)
  2. 2 Desperado - Linda Ronstadt (3:33)
  3. 3 Dixie Chicken - Little Feat (3:56)
  4. 4 Take Me to the Pilot - Elton John (3:44)
  5. 5 Ol' '55 - Tom Waits (3:58)
  6. 6 Love Has No Pride - Bonnie Raitt (3:48)
  7. 7 Sail Away - Randy Newman (2:52)
  8. 8 Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Warren Zevon (3:08)
  9. 9 Why Me - Kris Kristofferson (3:29)
  10. 10 It's Too Late - Carole King (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carole King Primary Artist
James Taylor Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Cheech & Chong Interviewer
Kris Kristofferson Composer, Interviewer
Jackson Browne Interviewer
Don Henley Composer
Elton John Interviewer
Carole King Composer, Interviewer
Randy Newman Composer
Bonnie Raitt Interviewer
James Taylor Composer, Interviewer
Tom Waits Composer
Chris Darrow Interviewer
Barry Mann Interviewer
Lou Adler Interviewer
Peter Asher Interviewer
David Crosby Interviewer
Henry Diltz Interviewer
Craig Doerge Interviewer
Glenn Frey Composer
Danny Kortchmar Interviewer
Russ Kunkel Interviewer
Roger McGuinn Interviewer
J.D. Souther Interviewer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Cynthia Weil Interviewer
Warren Zevon Composer
Jim Maxwell Interviewer
Leland Sklar Interviewer
Paul Body Interviewer
Robert Christgan Interviewer
Toni Stern Interviewer
Lorna Guess Executive Producer
Barney Hoskyns Interviewer
Sherry Goffin Kondor Interviewer
Morgan Neville Director
Steve Martin Interviewer
Robert Hilburn Interviewer
Robert Smith Executive Producer
Sam Feldman Executive Producer
Michael Gorfaine Executive Producer
Eddie Schmidt Producer
Ursula Britton Interviewer
Richard "Dickie" Davis Interviewer
Scott Grossman Illustrations
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