Album Info

RELEASE
August 10, 1993
LABEL
Sony Music Distribution
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, Psychedelic, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock

Album 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, Rovi

Track Listing

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