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James Taylor: Live From The Beacon Theatre [VHS]

James Taylor , Valerie Carter , Beth McCarthy-Miller    Exempt   VHS Tape
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Taylor, Valerie Carter
  • Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller
  • Producers: Carol Donovan, Gary Borman
  • Language: English
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Smv
  • VHS Release Date: 7 Sep 1998
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CX7R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sensitive singer-songwriter, soft-rock poster boy, baby-boomer troubadour: James Taylor has outlived the stereotypes offered by fans and critics alike by simply staying his musical course and continuing to refine his familiar, deceptively mellifluous style. This 1998 concert displays Taylor's craftsmanship and easy rapport with both his band and his audience to satisfying effect, offering a repertoire that draws from his entire career while providing a generous selection of songs from his Grammy-winning 1997 set, Hourglass. Fans will love it, of course, but even jaded listeners can find fresh feeling and formidable expertise here.

By now, Taylor's skill at low-key love songs is a given, making him an archetypal "sensitive New Age guy" on the strength of his canny mix of emotional vulnerability, romantic imagery, and understated delivery. Less obviously, Taylor has gradually transformed the shadows of disillusionment audible in his earliest songs into a nuanced acknowledgement of his own age. "Line 'Em Up," from Hourglass, typifies his skill at limning disarmingly lucid, frankly philosophical vignettes, here woven around a recollection of Richard Nixon's last hurrah, while "Jump Up Behind Me" affords a testament to self-determination ultimately as serious in theme as it is buoyant in its musical framework. Throughout, Taylor's stage band proves a thoroughbred, its accompaniment rock solid and delicately detailed, and perfectly matched to a crack backing chorus.

Among the first video concerts produced with DVD in mind, Live at the Beacon Theatre has been in heavy rotation in home demonstration suites ever since its release, an achievement understandable after hearing the crystalline 5.1 mix engineered by Frank Filipetti, who shared a Grammy as co-producer on Hourglass and snagged a second award for his engineering of that album. --Sam Sutherland,

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Having performed for over thirty years and garnered a whole legion of fans, James Taylor and his band are captured live in performance at the Beacon Theatre in 1998. Songs include 'Fire and Rain', 'You've Got a Friend', 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight' and 'Everyday'.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handyman on Top Form 9 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
JT steamrollers his way through classic tracks with some of the new material from the brilliant Hourglass album. The production on this recording is superb and the video catches the feel of a JT concert. The DVD comes with two bonus videos which are rarely seen in the UK and are also excellent. You can't help but like this music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb production. Excellent value for money! 18 July 2000
By A Customer
This DVD has been superbly produced. "How sweet it is"! . Switch off the telephone, hang a 'do not disturb' sign on your door..."You can close your eyes" and enjoy the experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
the music. the artistes, videography was excellent. well worth the money. especially if you are a jt fan. no bias in this review of course. just a good night at the old music hall!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Taylor at his best 2 Feb 2002
By A Customer
A great dvd from James Taylor it sparkles from the first song to the last.
The recording is first class as is the sound, my only gripe is that the shot is continually moving from one shot to another a typical tv recording, I much prefer more static shots but it does not reduce the impact of the music you can always close your eyes.
There are a several real gems the enigmatic " Boston to Belfast " and the Rolling Stones " Not Fade Away " being just a couple.
This album cannot fail to delight and will become one you go back to time after time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talent 23 Sep 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Compare the man to some of today's so called singers - there is no comparison. His musicianship shines through. Enjoy his backing band and singers also.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! 1 Dec 2004
I have always been a quiet fan of JT. However, this live set really enhances his music. The musicianship is exemplary. It is a real joy to sit down with a glass of wine, and immerse yourself in the show. Moreover, it bears repetition. I heartily recommend this DVD and its successor. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality both pictures and sound 26 Aug 2013
By Phil
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
All my friends who have seen the DVD,have now bought it. One not to be missed, if you like the great man
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5.0 out of 5 stars He is Magical 24 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
James Taylor is not young, and losing his hair, but his guitar playing, and singing, are wonderful, and I must buy his greatest hits CD.
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Loved it loved it loved it. A joy from start to finish. Thought the Pullover tour DVD could not be bettered but this one has done it in spades. Read more
Published 3 months ago by I. Greenhill
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What a moment in time, he is iconic and Ive played the DVD several times, top quality and at an economical cost. Big thank you for a fast delivery as well.
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Being a long-time fan of James Taylor I really enjoyed this theatre performance, he was as good as ever and had a great band supporting him
Published 10 months ago by Ann Margaret
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I was dubious about buying a gig on DVD but several other reviews spurred me to buy this. Absolutely brilliant. For any real James Tylor fans, a must have. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. G. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars James Taylor live from the Beacon Theatre
Outstanding performance from James Taylor, Live from the Beacon Theatre. Excellent quality DVD.
James Taylor is an outstanding Muscian & Songwriter . Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant
Truelly brilliant: almost everything I'd want him to play. Bought it for my partner and he loves it. Only Copperline missing.
Published 15 months ago by Lou
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It was delivered well before the critical time of Christmas. I interested my friend in this artist.I hope she enjoyed it. A great artist who has lasted well from the 60s
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Absolutely brilliant. This live performance is a treat to be 'involved' with and many of the songs were new to me. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by Tiggy
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If you're a JT fan then just buy this and you will love it. If you're not, then buy it anyway because he is a legend and you don't know what you're missing. Read more
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