CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR – Live At The Troubadour (Hear Records 0888072320536)

Please, a round of applause for those wonderful folk at BBC 4 TV for, without their skill in picking up documented gems such as Alison Krauss “Live From The Tracking Room” and this Carole King & James Taylor “Live At The Troubadour” recording we in Britain would be missing some classic musical moments from our Stateside friends. As a result of the screening I immediately went to (my sales place of choice!) and discovered that not only the CD of this 2007 concert was available but also that the DVD was included as a bonus disk! Having been introduced to Taylor’s music over twenty years ago I will always be grateful that his songs have played such an important part of my ‘folk’ education. The combined talents of this sublime collaboration come vividly to life reproducing ‘hits’ from their 1971 “Tapestry” and “Sweet Baby James” period of song writing and as you’d expect, there isn’t a duff track here. From “Fire And Rain”, “Carolina In My Mind” and King’s “Something In The Way She Moves” and the uncluttered beauty of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” this is a duo that certainly knows how to bring their melodies to life. Both artists obviously had a ball and the gentle banter between them, their band (Danny Kortchmar [guitar], Leland Sklar [Bass] & Russell Kunkel [drums]) and the audience shows just how much they enjoy working together. Of course, it goes without saying that this is a must have CD for any self-respecting ‘folk’ collector and goes straight to the top of the tree.


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