James Taylor Download
May 29, 1970Berkeley Community Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
James Taylor Download
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Total Length:
31:34
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

James Taylor Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Country Road03:26
  2. 2Something In The Way She Moves02:46
  3. 3Things Go Better With Coke00:43
  4. 4Up On The Roof03:15
  5. 5Fire And Rain03:20
  6. 6Greensleeves01:40
  7. 7Steamroller Blues03:07
  8. 8Carolina In My Mind02:58
  9. 9In My Reply03:04
  10. 10Real Good for Free03:46
  11. 11Oh Susanna02:16
  12. 12Blossom01:13
Artist:
Item Number:
  • 1176-3152-AD
Date:
  • May 29, 1970
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Country Road03:26
  2. 2Something In The Way She Moves02:46
  3. 3Things Go Better With Coke00:43
  4. 4Up On The Roof03:15
  5. 5Fire And Rain03:20
  6. 6Greensleeves01:40
  7. 7Steamroller Blues03:07
  8. 8Carolina In My Mind02:58
  9. 9In My Reply03:04
  10. 10Real Good for Free03:46
  11. 11Oh Susanna02:16
  12. 12Blossom01:13
Total Length:
31:34
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

James Taylor - vocals, acoustic guitar

Fans of James Taylor will love this early, totally unplugged concert from America's leading acoustic singer/songwriter. Recorded in the arts-friendly community of Berkeley, CA, at the dawn of his career in 1970, this show is pure, unedited JT with no gimmicks or other musicians to muddy the presentation. Recorded while Taylor was promoting his first Warner Brothers album, Sweet Baby James, shortly after jumping from his debut album deal with The Beatles' Apple Records, this show features mostly material from those two discs.

Opening with "Country Roads," Taylor offers up some terrific guitar work, and a baritone voice that is pure and smooth. He then goes into "Something In The Way She Moves," a tune from his debut album. Interestingly enough, weeks after Taylor recorded this song, George Harrison would write and record a song with The Beatles called "Something," with the opening line, "Something In The Way She Moves."

Taylor, as always, is personable throughout the show, and whenever possible, comical (check out his rap during "Steamroller Blues"). There are several Taylor originals showcased, including "Blossom," "Carolina In My Mind," and perhaps his biggest hit, "Fire & Rain." The real highlights of the show, however, are the covers, which Taylor delivers beautifully. He performs his trademark version of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Up On The Roof" (originally written for The Drifters) and a tender re-make of friend Joni Mitchell's "Playing Real Good For Free." Also included is a version of "In My Reply," which was penned by his younger brother, Livingston Taylor.

He offers a cool instrumental version of the old English tune, "Greensleeves," (a big hit during the days of Henry VIII, and also Bill Graham's favorite song), which proves just how versatile and skilled a guitarist he is. Near the end of the show, he does an updated version of the Stephen Foster American classic "Oh Susanna," which, when written in the 1840s, was likely the first pop song ever composed. This intimate show is not to be missed.

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