One Man Band [Bonus DVD]

One Man Band [Bonus DVD]

by James Taylor
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One Man Band [Bonus DVD]

Don't take the title of James Taylor's One Man Band literally -- this 2007 concert recording may be stripped-down but it's not just James and a guitar, he's supported by keyboardist Larry Goldings, whom Taylor dubs his "one-man band" in the liner notes, as that's all the backing band he has here. Fair enough. But this isn't just a question of clever semantics: as it turns out, Goldings has quite a presence on this intimate album, recorded at a three-night stint at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, during July 2007. During this 19-song set, Taylor gives Goldings plenty of space to grace the songs with solos that show up his jazz chops. This freedom, coupled with Taylor's deceptively easy delivery -- he has a casual authority that comes from touring the same songs steadily for years -- gives this album a unique character among Taylor's catalog. This also makes for an album that relies heavily on standards. All the songs you'd expect are here, all the songs James always plays on tour, but there are also a couple of surprises, like "Chili Dog" from 1972's One Man Dog, which are quite engaging. Perhaps these tunes are a shade too familiar to sound fresh, but given such lovely readings they certainly sound as comforting as a reunion with an old friend for those listeners who haven't been keeping up with Taylor but might pick this up via its release on Starbucks' HearMusic label. So, this can rope in casual fans who will be quite pleased, but this is different enough from 1993's double-disc Live -- as polished and professional as live albums come -- to make this quite interesting for diehards, too. [One Man Band also contains a two-hour concert DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2007
Label: Hear Music
UPC: 0888072305168
catalogNumber: 230516
Rank: 13404

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Taylor   Primary Artist
Larry Goldings   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards
Michael Prichard   Choir, Chorus
Kurt Walker   Choir, Chorus
Kieran Murray   Choir, Chorus
Caroline Taylor   Choir, Chorus
John Oliver   Conductor

Technical Credits

James Taylor   Composer
Larry Goldings   Composer
Dave O'Donnell   Producer,Engineer
Sydney Pollack   Executive Producer
Don Mischer   Director,Producer
Jonathan Brett Prince   Guitar Techician
Felicia A. Burrey   Choir Manager
Eddie Jackson   Engineer
James D. Taylor   Producer
Sam Feldman   Executive Producer

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One Man Band 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great album. That unique voice sounds as fresh and warm as in 1968. And the DVD really proves that JT is a sensitive and humorous artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some people have the ability to raise the level of joy when they enter the room. James Taylor is one of those people. You can feel his joy when he sings to his audience. The CD is great and the DVD that comes with it is even better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love James Taylor, and love this CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw him in concert this summer as the one man traveling band. Phenominal!!!! JT never disappoints.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Taylor has saved his best for last. Yes, there are other live works of his available, but this one represents the true "sound" of his concerts. Usually, most musicians speed up the tempo of their live work. Taylor seems to take a breath and let it out slowly. He does not appear in a hurry to finish up and get down the road. Each song is played like he is giving it his best. You must buy this cd and dvd set. It is the work of art you have been waiting for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love his music, but how many greatest hits albums/cds of the same music does an artist need to produce?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brings the Carolina mountains home to wherever you are!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The version of &quot My Traveling Star&quot done here is even far more wonderful than the recording on October Road. I could listen to it on and on and over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love James Taylor. You may wonder why buy an album with so many familiar titles? Same reason you would buy a Frank Sinatra collection to enjoy how he treated the standards of his day through the years. This is a much better live album than the 1993 live collection -- much more intimate and soulful.