Live (James Taylor album)

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Live
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Live album by James Taylor
Released August 10, 1993 (1993-08-10)
Recorded November 1992 (1992-11)
Genre Rock
Length 123:31
Label Columbia
Producer Don Grolnick, George Massenburg
James Taylor chronology
New Moon Shine
(1991)New Moon Shine1991
Live
(1993)
Hourglass
(1997)Hourglass1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 3.5/5[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Live is the first live album by singer-songwriter James Taylor, released August 10, 1993 on Columbia. The double album presents selections from 14 shows during a November 1992 tour. Live peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart,[4] and has sold over one million copies, being certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.

A single-album CD featuring highlights of the double album was also released, titled Best Live. There are two different versions of this album; a 17 track version was released in 1993,[5] whilst a shorter 12 track version was released on June 21, 1994.[6]

On digital distributors such as Spotify and iTunes, many of the verbal introductions that were present in the original CD have been cut.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by James Taylor except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sweet Baby James"   4:13
2. "Traffic Jam"   2:10
3. "Handy Man" Otis Blackwell, Jimmy Jones 3:31
4. "Your Smiling Face"   3:03
5. "Secret O' Life"   3:45
6. "Shed a Little Light"   4:32
7. "Everybody Has the Blues"   2:33
8. "Steamroller Blues"   5:30
9. "Mexico"   3:32
10. "Millworker"   4:25
11. "Country Road"   5:44
12. "Fire and Rain"   4:44
13. "Shower the People"   4:43
14. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" Holland, Dozier, Holland 7:29
15. "New Hymn" Reynolds Price, James Taylor 3:00

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walking Man"   4:35
2. "Riding on a Railroad"   2:41
3. "Something in the Way She Moves"   3:59
4. "Sun on the Moon"   3:54
5. "Up on the Roof" Gerry Goffin, Carole King 4:10
6. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"   3:37
7. "She Thinks I Still Care" Dickey Lee 3:28
8. "Copperline" R. Price, J. Taylor 4:43
9. "Slap Leather"   2:11
10. "Only One"   4:41
11. "You Make It Easy"   5:05
12. "Carolina in My Mind"   5:04
13. "I Will Follow"   4:14
14. "You've Got a Friend" Carole King 5:09
15. "That Lonesome Road" Don Grolnick, James Taylor 2:46

Best Live track listing (17 track)[edit]

All tracks written by James Taylor, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Sweet Baby James" 4:11
2. "Handy Man" (O. Blackwell, J. Jones) 3:34
3. "Your Smiling Face" 2:51
4. "Steamroller Blues" 5:36
5. "Mexico" 3:17
6. "Walking Man" 4:08
7. "Country Road" 5:44
8. "Fire and Rain" 4:33
9. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (Holland, Dozier, Holland) 6:57
10. "Riding on a Railroad" 2:42
11. "Something in the Way She Moves" 3:59
12. "Sun on the Moon" 3:51
13. "Up on the Roof" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) 4:13
14. "Copperline" (R. Price, J. Taylor) 4:40
15. "Slap Leather" 2:14
16. "You've Got a Friend" (Carole King) 5:09
17. "That Lonesome Road" (Don Grolnick, J. Taylor) 2:46

Best Live track listing (12 track)[edit]

All tracks written by James Taylor, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Sweet Baby James" 4:13
2. "Handy Man" (O. Blackwell, J. Jones) 3:34
3. "Your Smiling Face" 2:53
4. "Shed a Little Light" 4:17
5. "Steamroller Blues" 5:24
6. "Mexico" 3:15
7. "Walking Man" 4:23
8. "Country Road" 5:38
9. "Fire and Rain" 4:39
10. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (Holland, Dozier, Holland) 6:58
11. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" 3:10
12. "Shower the People" 5:12

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AllMusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1125. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  3. ^ "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "James Taylor awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  5. ^ "James Taylor, (Best Live)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "James Taylor, (Best Live)". James Taylor. Retrieved 3 April 2013.