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Troubadours: the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter [DVD] [2011]

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  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OJ5IGO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,833 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Documentary tracing the early days of the American west-coast singer-songwriter movement, and in particular the career of two of its leading lights, Carole King and James Taylor. Using archive footage and contributions from among others Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Roger McGuinn and Elton John, the film charts the singers rise to fame playing at the Troubadour club in L.A. in the early 1970s, culminating in their appearance together at the venue's 50th anniversary celebrations.

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un documentario, ricco di spunti musicali, che ripercorre la vicenda di questo straordinario duo.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quiet Revolution 23 Mar 2012
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
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This delightfull film describes a remarkable period from the tale-end of the sixties into the mid-seventies, when singer-songwriters were genuinely revered by listeners and fellow musicians alike. The focus falls on life at Doug Weston's Troubadour club on LA's Sunset Strip: a venue that revelled in discovering and showcasing both talented unknowns and relocated veterans. Much of the story is told via a fascinating conversation/interview with long-time friends and collaborators Carole King and James Taylor. If the very mention of King's name brings a smile to your face (I worship her!), then you will love this study of how she came all the way from her native New Yorker days at the Brill Building to live in Laurel Canyon, nervously debuting at the 'Troub' and producing the magical 'Tapestry' album. James Taylor's story is shot through with creative twists - for instance, an over-produced debut album on Apple records - and a struggle with drug addiction. Taylor stunned his peers with a startling songwriting gift. Along with King's and Taylor's recollections of life at the Troubadour, there are contributions by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Roger McGuinn, Peter Asher and others about the artists whose careers were springboarded by the sets played at the club.

There are some holes in the tale: Judee Sill, Byrds co-founder Gene Clark, Laura Nyro and Tim Buckley's contributions to the Troubadour's history are ignored. The link between the first three was David Geffen, and I fear that he might have had something to do with these omissions. The story would have been all the more fascinating. Still, there's plenty of beautifull music to enjoy and some great anecdotes shared by the main contributors. The reunion of King and Taylor live at the recently re-opened Troubadour makes for pure pleasure. I think I'll have to purchase the CD! Overall, this film is a pleasure, made with real love and respect for its participants and the artists' fans. A gem.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra 21 Jan 2012
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When you are listening to the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Brown, Gram Parsons, James Taylor, Carol King and others you must see this DVD. Interesting interviews, places (the Troubadour) and interesting people witch created the singer-songwriter person. I see it as an extra bonus of information of beautiful music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2014
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Magical memories of a truly unique venue.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Troubadour is an Institute 6 July 2011
was great to receive this dvd + cd
dvd is litlle outdated, but the quality of songs are still great
the product is a musthave in your catalog
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Interviews Great - CD Not What I expected... 2 Mar 2011
By JM - Published on
This DVD is very interesting and I loved the interviews with so many great singer/songwriters. And it was wonderful to see Carole King talk about her craft and her career. My only beef is that I assumed (and you know what that means) the songs on the CD were recordings from sessions at The Troubadour. They aren't. They are just normal tracks taken off albums of the singers. So if you already have James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt in your collection, you've probably got these very songs already.
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful documentary 14 Mar 2011
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on
This 90-minute American Masters special originally aired on PBS. It takes viewers back to the early 70s, a joyful and creative period in American music, especially in Los Angeles. There a group of young singer-songwriters was establishing a new genre whose gentleness and intimacy contrasted sharply with the untamed ferocity of rock. They blended folk and rock played on acoustic guitars and pianos, and the personal stories they told touched the hearts of my generation and of all the generations since.

Ground zero was The Troubadour, a small club on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. It was run by an influential, mercurial, and often dictatorial manager and producer, the late Doug Weston. Our guides to the scene are the men and women who wrote and sang the much-loved tunes of the era. We hear first and foremost from from James Taylor and Carole King, who are the best of friends and the focal point of the film.

Taylor and King are joined by Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby of Crosby Stills and Nash, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, J. D. Souther of the Eagles, and others, both in interviews and in performance. Recalling their experiences at The Troubadour and other clubs is clearly a pleasure for them, and they express great affection for the period and for one another. Growing up together, they formed intense bonds that endure to this day.

The film covers not only the wonderful music but also the groundbreaking comedy of the time: Steve Martin and Cheech and Chong hold forth at length about what went on in the clubs. Producers like Peter Asher and Lou Adler weigh in, as do songwriters like Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and critics like Robert Hilburn of the L.A. Times and Robert Christgau of Rolling Stone. They discuss the volatile personalities, occasionally shady business dealings, and frequent drug use that threatened the community they helped to build.

The bonus CD is a nice touch: a 10-track compilation of some of the most important original recordings of the era. It should pique your interest in complete albums by the artists I've already mentioned as well as Linda Ronstadt, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, and Warren Zevon. And if you'd like to preview the film, you can watch it in its entirety at the PBS American Masters website, together with outtakes and additional material.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Those were the good old days 16 Mar 2011
By Tracy T. Kornfeld - Published on
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After catching part of the documentary on PBS, I had to own the DVD. The CD is NOT the James Taylor/Carole King Troubadour recording but a CD of oldies. You can download the JT/CK concert - and it's a great download. It was tremendously interesting hearing the stories from those who were there as all of it was happening. I thought that I knew a lot of it, but I was totally enlightened. A must for those who still have a foggy memory of those days.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 5 April 2011
By TARCOMED - Published on
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If you saw the PBS version of Troubadours and enjoyed it, you HAVE TO buy this video. If you are a fan of these artists, you'll be thrilled that they are as relevant and the voices more brilliant than you remember. If you are unfamiliar with James Taylor and Carole King, you need to learn about their beginnings and the beautiful way they make music together, as well as the other artists on this DVD.

I saw Taylor and King in concert together last summer and it was like taking a step back in time. They are so at ease with each other and so playful. It was a breathtaking performance, and this DVD brought it all back to me.

You will not regret this purchase.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD Documentary with a short collection of studio hits on CD 16 Dec 2011
By J. Bynum - Published on
Troubadours - The Rise of the Singer Songwriter (DVD/CD): Being immensely interested in the history of popular music, I was thrilled to get the DVD. It is a wonderful piece of Folk/Rock history. However, I am not sure how often the casual fan would dig this out and watch it. As to the CD, it is a collection of studio hits from a small group of important artists who were involved with The Troubadour. These are not live recording from The Troubadour. They are not live recordings at all. The DVD gets four stars. The CD is only for those who are completely unaware of 1970's popular music.
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