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James Taylor 7/27/1993

Review

"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. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sweet Baby James James Taylor 4:11
  3. 2 Traffic Jam James Taylor 2:10
  4. 3 Handy Man James Taylor 3:31
  5. 4 Your Smiling Face James Taylor 2:53
  6. 5 Secret O' Life James Taylor 3:45
  7. 6 Shed a Little Light James Taylor 4:16
  8. 7 Everybody Has the Blues James Taylor 2:34
  9. 8 Steamroller Blues James Taylor 5:24
  10. 9 Mexico James Taylor 3:15
  11. 10 Millworker James Taylor 4:25
  12. 11 Country Road James Taylor 5:39
  13. 12 Fire and Rain James Taylor 4:33
  14. 13 Shower the People James Taylor 4:40
  15. 14 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) James Taylor 7:0
  16. 15 New Hymn James Taylor 3:0
  17. 1 Walking Man James Taylor 4:35
  18. 2 Riding on a Railroad James Taylor 2:42
  19. 3 Something in the Way She Moves James Taylor 3:30
  20. 4 Sun on the Moon James Taylor 3:44
  21. 5 Up on the Roof [Cover] James Taylor 4:9
  22. 6 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight James Taylor 3:11
  23. 7 She Thinks I Still Care [Cover] James Taylor 3:25
  24. 8 Copperline James Taylor 4:39
  25. 9 Slap Leather James Taylor 2:8
  26. 10 Only One James Taylor 4:37
  27. 11 You Make It Easy James Taylor 5:3
  28. 12 Carolina in My Mind James Taylor 5:1
  29. 13 I Will Follow James Taylor 3:57
  30. 14 You've Got a Friend James Taylor 5:9
  31. 15 That Lonesome Road James Taylor 2:46

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