James Taylor Download
Oct 22, 1970Berkeley Community Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
James Taylor Download
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Total Length:
45:41
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. 1For Free04:42
  2. 2Carolina In My Mind05:25
  3. 3Okie From Muskogee04:25
  4. 4Sweet Baby James03:50
  5. 5Circle Round The Sun03:22
  6. 6Greensleeves02:34
  7. 7Blossom02:16
  8. 8Up On The Roof04:44
  9. 9Country Road04:00
  10. 10Riding On A Railroad02:52
  11. 11Highway Song03:35
  12. 12Fire And Rain03:56
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Item Number:
  • 45270-3152-AD
Date:
  • Oct 22, 1970
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Sample this concert
  1. 1For Free04:42
  2. 2Carolina In My Mind05:25
  3. 3Okie From Muskogee04:25
  4. 4Sweet Baby James03:50
  5. 5Circle Round The Sun03:22
  6. 6Greensleeves02:34
  7. 7Blossom02:16
  8. 8Up On The Roof04:44
  9. 9Country Road04:00
  10. 10Riding On A Railroad02:52
  11. 11Highway Song03:35
  12. 12Fire And Rain03:56
Total Length:
45:41
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

James Taylor - vocals, guitar; Guest: Carole King - vocals, piano

In 1970, James Taylor helped lead the singer-songwriter movement that was being eagerly embraced by an America much in need of reassurance, with so much domestic upheaval going on throughout the country. With his breakthrough album Sweet Baby James, released earlier this year, Taylor proved remarkably adept at channeling deep emotional currents constructively for the purposes of songwriting, transforming his previous struggles with heroin addiction and mental health into wistful but beautiful compositions.

Caught here at the intimate Berkeley Community Theatre, Taylor delivers a fresh and moving performance interspersed with light conversation toward a responsive crowd. Armed with only an acoustic guitar and his affecting voice, Taylor delivers a poignant set; his introspective tunes seem to go over especially well in this type of setting. The show is a stunning testament to Taylor's uncanny ability to translate his soothing songs before a live audience.

The setlist is full of some of Taylor's most moving, popular compositions - most from Sweet Baby James, and a few from his self-titled debut LP. One of the unquestionable high points of the set comes when Taylor introduces his friend and collaborator Carole King for a duet performance of "Up On The Roof." Other highlights include the wistful "Carolina In My Mind" and the humorous Merle Haggard cover "Okie From Muskogee." Refined live renditions of favorites "Country Road" and "Sweet Baby James" are not forgotten. The set ends with "Fire And Rain," Taylor's cathartic song about his stint in a mental institution.

Say what you want about Taylor's smooth and soothing, mellow style, but only a number of other musicians have been able to compose songs as personally revelatory and emotionally affecting as he; much like the so-called "confessional" post-war poets writing more or less contemporaneously, Taylor lays his heart out on the page, then gently holds it up in song - all with an honesty and courage that are nothing short of admirable.

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