In the early 70s, singer/songwriter superstars [lastfm]Carole King[/lastfm] and [lastfm]James Taylor[/lastfm] were staples of the Los Angeles music scene, performing at the world famous Troubadour for the first time together in 1970. The two teamed at the Troubadour once more in 2007 to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary. The best of the 2007 performances are captured on the Live at the Troubadour CD/DVD collection, available now. Adding it to your collection will ensure you’ve got a musical friend – or two – for life!
It’s Never Too Late: Whoever said “you can’t go home” was never a Los Angeles-based musician in the late 60s-early 70s who considered West Hollywood’s Troubadour a home away from home. James Taylor had just issued his self-titled debut album on the Beatles’ Apple Records and songwriter extraordinaire Carole King was just finding her sea legs as a solo artist following years of penning hit after hit after hit for scores of big name artists. The pair’s initial November 1970 Troubadour gig was followed by a two-week co-headlining residency the following year. By then, Taylor’s Sweet Baby James had produced a flood of hits – including the chart topping “Fire and Rain” – and King was starting to weave her own string of hits together courtesy of 1971’s Tapestry.
For the 3-night, 6-show 2007 reunion run, King and Taylor were joined by several members of their original backup band The Section, including Danny Kortchmar on guitar, Leland Sklar on bass, and Russell Kunkel on drums. Fifteen of the best performances make up the new Live at the Troubadour song list, including the aforementioned “Fire and Rain;” “You’ve Got a Friend;” “Blossom;” “So Far Away;” “Country Road;” “It’s Too Late;” “Carolina On My Mind;” and “I Feel the Earth Move,” plus 7 more. The DVD houses 75 minutes of pure performance pleasure, including King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James.”
As Taylor recalls, “The Troubadour in 1971 wasn’t the beginning, but it was a big step into the light for both us.” When asked about the 2007 reunion dates, Taylor explains that “it felt like yesterday. It was, and still is, all about the music and the celebration of performing together.” As for King, she says reuniting with Taylor was like, well, going home. “What’s even more remarkable is that James’ and my musical connection and friendship continue to transcend time and place. Whenever we’re together, there we are.”
So two tremendous troubadours of song can go home again and make it seem as though time stood still. This new treasure of timeless tunes serves as a reminder that King, a songwriting queen, and Taylor, a fashioner of favorites, are as naturally cohesive as musical elements as fire and water – or in their case, rain – are. And true fans will love them just as much today as they will tomorrow.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Carole King was born Carole Klein February 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY.
* James Taylor was born March 12, 1948 in Belmont, MA.
* King along with songwriting partner Gerry Goffin (“Up on the Roof,” “One Fine Day,” “I’m Into Something Good,” “Don’t Bring Me Down”) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
* Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. To date, he has sold well over 30 million albums worldwide.