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Live At The Troubadour (CD +DVD) Live

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Deluxe CD/DVD edition. 2010 live release, a collaboration between two of the most successful singer/songwriters of their generation. This two disc set finds Carole King and James Taylor and their original band rejoined for an historic concert event - 6 shows at the famed Troubadour Club in L.A. This release is a dynamic, intimate and wholly unique concert experience. Recorded live at the legendary Los Angeles Troubadour club in November 2007 in dazzling HD state-of-the-art video and 5.1 audio!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B0039TD7PY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (497 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jesse Kornbluth on May 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Blossom, smile some sunshine down my way
Lately, I've been lonesome
Blossom, it's been much too long a day
Seems my dreams have frozen
Melt my cares away...

It's not my favorite James Taylor song. Really, I barely remember it. But it's the first song on the DVD and CD package of Carole King & James Taylor: Live at the Troubadour, and just hearing that mellow guitar and moonshine voice pretty much unhinged me --- my face flushed, my eyes glistened, and there I was, face-planted into my past.

I'm not the only one of a certain age who will watch this intimate concert --- or see King and Taylor on their tour --- and have this reaction. Their music is mostly quiet, but it plays loud in memory; it's what we were listening to in that dump of a decade, the `70s. It's all those memories: Roe v. Wade. Kent State. Ms. Magazine. That endless war in Vietnam.

And, set against that, the soothing and consoling music of two crooners. In terms of records sold, they're a rounding error for Michael Jackson. But back then, for white kids astonished to find themselves struggling to make decent lives in Nixon's America, they were huge.

They were, as it turns out, huge for one another in the `70s. They first performed together at the Troubadour, a little LA club, in November of 1970. Look at the video, though --- King's playing piano for Taylor in what's clearly a very tentative collaboration. A year later, when they returned to the Troubadour, he had "Fire and Rain" and she had "Tapestry" and they had mutual, powerful magic. And then, in 2007, they returned to the Troubadour one more time to made a CD and DVD from six shows recorded over three nights.
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This is not the current (2010) Carol King/James Taylor concert. This combo CD/DVD is from the November 2007 Los Angeles Troubadour concert. But no mind. The magic is there. The music is there. And the love is there.

As James Taylor said during the concert, Carol and James are pitching and the intimate Troubadour audience is catching. Backed by guitarist Danny Kortchmar, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Russell Kunkel--all stars in their own right--everyone has fun. Even with those oh-so-familar songs, no one phones it in.

The high point for me is the point and counter point between King and Taylor on "Up On The Roof." Both artists had hits with this Goffin-King song and both take turns singing verses in their own style. They both eventually join together for the song's climax. The arrangement is brilliant and very cool.

The camera work on the DVD is shaky at times and has focus problems. On the upside, the audio is encoded in both Dolby Digital and DTS. The 5.1 sound is excellent. Plus you have the uncompressed audio on the CD--a generous combination.

Nathaniel Kunkel is the recording engineer. I assume that he is related to Russ Kunkel. Peter Asher produced.

If you like James Taylor or Carol King--or just want to step back to the 1970s with two classic and classy performers, this CD/DVD is sure not to disappoint.
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Watching the DVD and listening to this music brings back a lot of memories of great music. The music of Carole King and James Taylor is timeless. I have never had the chance to see them perform at the Troubadour in Hollywood, but watching this CD and DVD combo is the next best thing. Their voices compliment each other well on the song "Up On The Roof". This is my favorite track because it really shows that they enjoy performing together. Carole King still has the ability to touch me emotionally on the song "So Far Away". This song can still bring tears to my eyes. "Smackwater Jack" and "I Feel The Earth Move" are two classic songs that sound as fresh and groovy as they did forty years ago. Danny Kortchmar lends his talents playing the guitar on the song "Machine Gun Kelly". Danny gives this song an energetic kick with his playing. "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" is the perfect love song. Their voices sound perfect on this song together. "Blossom" is a song that puts my mind at ease. It is a song that I am not famillar with to be honest, but I love it after listening to it. Long time fans will love this. Younger people will love this music too. All of these songs are so thoughtful and moving.
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I pre-ordered this CD/DVD combo, and it arrived on its release date. I'm a casual fan of James Taylor & Carole King's music, and have an album or two by each of them. As a rule I don't like concert/music DVD's, and only ordered this set because the cost was about the same as buying a CD. I am SO glad I did! The DVD is a wonderful!

The Troubadour is a small intimate venue, which was the perfect setting for two old friends to get together, tell a few short stories, and sing some favorite songs. Carole King was glowing, and spent much of the concert seated at the piano. James Taylor was predictably mellow. They both sounded pretty darn good!

The video seemed almost like it was a couple of guys with a camcorder - with fans' heads sometimes getting in the way, some shots where they were a bit late and maybe didn't catch what they were aiming for, & a few oddly chosen close-ups of the fans. Those little imperfections, planned or otherwise, fit the mood of the concert quite nicely.

There aren't any extras on the DVD. James Taylor & Carole King (mostly James) have a brief discussion (audio only while scenes of the club before the concert are shown) prior to the actual concert footage. It seemed that the DVD ended rather abruptly. Maybe that's because I was hoping for a bit of post-concert discussion.

I listened to the CD, but not closely. It seemed that all the audio from the DVD were on the CD except for the opening discussion.
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