James Taylor Retrospective

James Taylor.  As sweet and melodious a voice as he had 40+ years ago.  We’ll begin with James live at the BBC in 1970:

With Joni Mitchell at BBC 1970.  Beautiful rendition of Close Your Eyes @53:00; and of “River” by Joni at the 59:00 mark, the song re-popularized by Sara McLachlin):

And 1970 wouldn’t be complete without Sweet Baby James:

On the Johnny Cash TV Show doing Oh Susanna, 1971:

Greatest Hits Album, 1976:

You Can Close Your Eyes – With Carly Simon in 1977

And his own rendition of You Can Close Your Eyes at The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield Mass:

Here Comes the Sun – With Yo-Yo-Ma:

Live at the Beacon Theater 1998:

Live at the Troubador with Carole King:

Live at Ahoy 11 (2009):

Duet with Alison Krauss – How’s the World Treating You:

And another version of the Krauss duet:

Duet with Joe Walsh on Steamroller Blues at the Crossroads Guitar Festival:

National Press Club Appearance, December 2012.  James tells a story at the 7:00 mark of his audition for Paul McCartney & George Harrison in February 1968 in London for Apple Records at age 19.  He got the gig, and Apple produced his first album, James Taylor, which included a song that opened with the lyric, “Something in the Way She Moved”, which George liked enough to rip off as the title for a Beatles song:

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to James Taylor Retrospective

  1. Michael Gallaway says:

    Thanks Len. What an incredibly effortless beautiful voice. Thanks for the very cool retrospective.

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