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One Man Band CD+DVD, Live

4.6 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews

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CD/DVD combo. 2007 live release from the singing/songwriting legend, an intimate retrospective of 40 years worth of songs and the people, places and events that inspired them., Features new performances of some of Taylor's most popular recordings interspersed with his insightful and humorous anecdotes on the inspiration behind the songs. The CD features 19 songs while the DVD contains the same tracks plus bonus footage and outtakes. Concord.

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"This set is an intimate retrospective of 40 years worth of songs and the people, places and events that inspired them," said Taylor. "I am very grateful to Don Mischer, Sydney Pollack, and Hear Music for taking great care with what are very personal songs for me and my fans."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Live
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B000V4ZY2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William Merrill VINE VOICE on November 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was a little doubtful of the "One Man Band" concept, having previously found various "unplugged" albums to be fairly boring, even by artists whose music I normally love. Fortunately, this concert was not truly "one man," with Taylor being accompanied throughout by pianist Larry Goldings, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and even a drum machine on occasion! But the main focus is on James and his guitar, and these many wonderful songs he has written. The description of One Man Band by another customer as merely a greatest hits CD is not entirely accurate. There are several lesser known works in the set, and the complete song list spans his entire career, not just the "glory days." The man's singing is superb here - his expressiveness, emotion and tone are all really good. In fact, he sings better here than when I saw him in concert. A couple of the real highlights for me were "Shower the People," which uses the backing chorus to full effect, and "You Can Close Your Eyes," the final encore number. The album almost never lets the listener down; a sluggish "Fire and Rain" being a notable exception.

The DVD is much better than the CD in terms of entertainment value, not just for the obvious reason (visuals!), but also because of the added JT narration and dialogue. I do understand this particular CD/DVD packaging idea - "one for the car," which is in fact where I first listened to it. The concept has been used several other times before with live albums (ex., Fleetwood Mac). I just wish it wasn't the same exact concert both places - all the same songs, no more or less. Couldn't they have gotten a different concert from the same tour for the CD?

Kudos for Starbucks / Hear Music, though. They seem to have become THE Baby Boomer record label lately!
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As James has explained, this cd/dvd set is a "primer" of his music -- by stripping it down and going back to the basics: his amazing, soulful voice, the unique sound he creates on his custom Olson guitars and the accompaniment of the incomparable Larry Goldings on piano. I cannot emphasize enough how beautiful it is, a compilation/distillation of many of his very best songs -- some faves, but some lesser known. They span his entire career, from "Something in the Way She Moves," written when JT was only a teenager, to "Traveling Star," which was on his most recent album "October Road." Plus, it's 19 tracks and 2 hours of music! What more could you ask for?

This is not just another "greatest hits" album. I have all of his albums and none of the songs on this one are recorded the same way as on the original album where they appeared, or anywhere else. Notable examples are the use of the Tanglewood choir via videotape as backup on "Shower the People" and "Traveling Star" -- which is such a brilliant idea, by the way. Why hasn't that been used more often? Or the gigantic, wooden drum machine that accompanies a couple of tracks.

I was lucky enough to be in the front row of his "One Man Band" show in Los Angeles, so I was very familiar with what is on the dvd. It's such an intimate, special show in that he explains the inspiration for many of his songs and shows personal, family photos and video footage. You feel like you get to know the real person, what makes him tick, and you are also exposed to his great sense of deadpan humor.

If you are already a fan, then your collection is NOT complete without this set. But if you are not that familiar with this brilliant artist, this true American treasure, and are interested in getting to know him, then this is the set to buy.

In fact, I plan to buy several copies and give them to friends and family during the holidays.
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I picked up the "One Man Band" CD/DVD today. Having seen this show in Atlanta last year, I was looking forward to reliving the experience, and I was not disappointed. The DVD presents a wonderfully warm and intimate evening, with great stories and even greater songs. It's very much like having an old friend over, trading stories and memories.

And wait 'til you check out the first entry in the Outtakes on the DVD. It's priceless, and I was laughing out loud!

Oh, and James...I forgive you for the "Yankees suck" comment!

Thanks for all the years and all the great songs.
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I've seen James Taylor several times over the past years and I've always been impressed. Taylor's One Man Band (both the CD and the DVD Concert) is a gift for long time fans.

Shot in the quaint Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts the concert features 19 classics performed in a simple, stripped down acoustic style with Larry Goldings joining Taylor on keyboards.

The concert features both old and new material but the real joy of this show was the warm storytelling that went with the music. Taylor took the time to talk to his audience and to explain the history behind the songs. Highlights include Shower the People, Sweet Baby James, You've Got a Friend, Traveling Star, Carolina In My Mind, and Copperline.

This is an excellent package for newcomers and fans alike. Get comfortable, pour a glass of wine and be captivated.
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Now before you huddled masses condemn this all up to another JT "best of"
special. Think again.I have followed James since he was in the Original Flying Machine with Danny Kooch. Have every CD he recorded ,including the imports. But this one is truely different. Yes it has the best of James tunes. But lets think on a different plane for a minute. This was recorded in James's original birthplace town. When you hear the audience listening and applauding for those favorite songs,its like they are tilting their heads saying "wow,he turned out to be a fine young man". You will notice also these are not like the heckling audience that are on his regular Cds. So let us get to the music. Yes he plays mostly with only guitar,but this is quite refreshing.He has a piano player with him also.You can hear through his voice,the years he has been playing,the struggles of his life and he does it all with a One Man Band. Buy the Cd,
it will make you see this man in a different light. His DVD that is included is just as wonderful. Don't worry he will record a new CD,with new tunes. What a musician.............
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