Live (James Taylor album)

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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
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]

Live is the first live album by singer-songwriter James Taylor, released on 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 more than 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] while 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]

1."Sweet Baby James" 4:13
2."Traffic Jam" 2:10
3."Handy Man"Otis Blackwell, Jimmy Jones3:31
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, Holland7:29
15."New Hymn"Reynolds Price, James Taylor3:00

Disc two[edit]

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 King4:10
6."Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" 3:37
7."She Thinks I Still Care"Dickey Lee3:28
8."Copperline"R. Price, J. Taylor4:43
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 King5:09
15."That Lonesome Road"Don Grolnick, James Taylor2:46

Best Live track listing (17 track)[edit]

All tracks written by James Taylor, except where noted.

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
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.

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
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



  1. ^ "AllMusic review". Retrieved April 22, 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". Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "James Taylor awards". Allmusic. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "James Taylor – (Best Live)". Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "James Taylor – (Best Live)". James Taylor. Retrieved April 3, 2013.