- Audio CD (31 May 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD
- Label: UMTV
- ASIN: B0039TD7PY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Live At The Troubadour CD+DVD
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Live At The Troubadour is a CD and DVD package presenting the momentous reunion between two of America’s greatest songwriters. As the 1970’s dawned, American music moved away from psychedelic hard rock sounds towards a gentler, more contemplative aesthetic. Leading this new scene of acoustic singer songwriters were James Taylor and Carole King. Taylor was a shy introspective teenager with a remarkable talent; King, already a famous songwriter, was embarking on a career as an artist in her own right. Together they found a unique musical affinity, as well as a close personal relationship, that led them to collaborate on two of the most legendary and beautiful albums of the decade; James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James and Carole King’s Tapestry. At Thanksgiving in 2007, Taylor, King and the original players ("The Section") who appeared on both Sweet Baby James and Tapestry, returned to the Troubadour for a sentimental journey through their old set list. Live at the Troubadour captures the moment when Taylor and King reunited to perform some of their best loved hits, including "Will You Still Love Me?" and "You’ve Got A Friend".
Top Customer Reviews
To this set then , coming as a CD/DVD set, not at an arena but a club type venue that is absolutely perfect for their music, this set is even better than I thought it would be,the songs are well known all fifteen of them, the production by Peter Asher excellent throughout. The DVD is nicely filmed draws you right into the concert with Carole King enjoying every second of it.James Taylor between songs shares stories and has a few funny quips along the way.The band are excellent and add such a dimension to the songs as well although some are just JT and CK,some just James alone.Read more ›
Not only relying on their hits this is a great crosssection of their work with lots of emotional and artistic highpoints. Carole King might sound a bit rusty in places where as James Taylor - like Graham Nash or Art Garfunkel - seems to have lost nothing whatsoever.
The DVD - directed by another legendary figure Peter Asher - is absolutely top notch. And of course beautiful to see these mature musicians in such intimate surroundings. Celebrating the club where the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Eagles also started their career.
Not merely nostalgic but absolutely beautiful and timeless.
JT is clearly still at the very top of his game, with ever-more-convoluted winds and twists in his delivery and an impossibly deep understanding of what makes a great song truly unforgettable. CK oozes emotion throughout and bathes the stage with what I can only describe as an aura, delivering some truly moving performances.
But this show wasn't about two individuals, though great artists in their own right they undoubtedly are. This was about celebrating a deep friendship spanning over 4 decades and producing some of contemporary music's most hummable melodies. Add to all that the historical importance of the venue and an uncanny feeling of being totally intimate with the performers, this has to be my best ever music DVD.
The melding of JT's guitar, CK's piano and the surprisingly small band produces sounds which, if you close your eyes, you would think were coming from a dozen or more performers - to the verge of being orchestral in places. The arrangements are exquisite, the sound mixing and recording is virtually faultless and, (at least reproduced on my 25 year old Hi-Fi, which is hooked into the DVD player), produces countless high spots and emotional rushes.
If I were to be hyper-critical (excuse me for this - I have been playing live music most of my life), CK's voice reveals the odometer reading in places and, amazingly, JT's pace has a noticeable wanderlust until brought into check by the drummer. But hey! This is live music, right? I can only ponder as to how anyone can create such quality live on stage.Read more ›
Earlier this year, Carole King and James Taylor did the same again and I hesitated over the expense of travelling to LA for one gig and a one night stay. I deeply regret not going after seeing this DVD.
The atmosphere is electric; the music featuring some of the finest songs ever written ... and played by two of the world's greatest singer/songwriters. This is very special; The Troubadour is a surprsingly intimate venue and (having been there) a real piece of West Coast music history. It's where it all began.
Don't just buy this for yourself; buy a copy for someone who truly loves music. It's a very special piece of magic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Carol King James Taylor, 2 more great soul mates matching and reflecting each other brilliantly.Published 3 months ago by Andy Vegaone
This live cd is ok. I have come to the conclusion I don't like Carole Kings voice so that's a bit of a drawback with this album.Published 3 months ago by Dave S
Brilliant, King and Taylor together, just like 1971 over again, voices as good as ever!Published 5 months ago by Glynne L. Knight