January 29, 2013 – 4:26 am

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The Early Years 1969-1971 [no label, 1CD]

Live at various venues. VG+ to Ex FM/ TV stereo-mono.

Back in the ’70s, BBC recorded and broadcast James Taylor Sings James Taylor and, over the years, this programme has been widely circulated among fans. Also, back in the day, circa 2005 or maybe even earlier, the James Taylor Trading Group Vine compiled and shared this disc especially for those looking for an audio version of the show.

Thanks to everyone who worked on the compilation and for sharing it.

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Atwood Hall
Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts

Track 01. Fire And Rain (5.0MB)
Track 02. Carolina In My Mind (5.8MB)
Track 03. Steamroller (6.1MB)
Track 04. Knocking Around The Zoo (6.4MB)

Mike Douglas Show
Philadephia, Pennsylvania

Track 05. Intro (840k)
Track 06. Sweet Baby James (5.0MB)
Track 07. Blossom (3.8MB)
Track 08. Interview (6.0MB)

James Taylor Sings James Taylor
London, England

Track 09. With A Little Help From My Friends Sweet Baby James (5.8MB)
Track 10. Fire And Rain (6.4MB)
Track 11. Rainy Day Man (5.2MB)
Track 12. Steamroller (7.1MB)
Track 13. Greensleeves (4.0MB)
Track 14. Tube Rose Snuff Commercial (3.7MB)
Track 15. Carolina In My Mind (6.6MB)
Track 16. Long Ago And Far Away (5.6MB)
Track 17. Riding On A Railroad (4.4MB)
Track 18. You Can Close Your Eyes (4.0MB)

On Campus With Johnny Cash
Nashville, Tennessee

Track 19. Intro/Fire And Rain (3.7MB)
Track 20. Country Road (5.7MB)
Track 21. Oh, Susannah (with Johnny Cash) (3.9MB)
Track 22. Sweet Baby James (5.5MB)

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  1. 15 Responses to “JAMES TAYLOR - THE EARLY YEARS 1969-1971”

  2. Thanks. There’s some slight distortion but overall it sounds good.

    By George Martini on Jan 29, 2013

  3. Track 9 is With A Little Help From My Friends.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jan 29, 2013

  4. Hello 4yrsnojob

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 29, 2013

  5. so nice and quiet here lately, perhaps all these mor recordings are keeping the hooligans away

    By tin on Jan 30, 2013

  6. Thanks, BigO!

    By Eric on Jan 30, 2013

  7. Hate Fire and Rain, because the chorus is my life. None of the women who died were named Suzanne, but…three in a row, it’s too much.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jan 30, 2013

  8. Its hard to believe this guy was one of THE biggest junkies of the 1970s

    By GENOWASHINGLINE on Jan 30, 2013

  9. Not too hard to believe GENOWASHINGLINE…he often sounds down / melancholy. Which is a big part of his appeal.

    By JB on Jan 31, 2013

  10. Lovely show. Very special to hear him with Johhny Cash. Also, pre 1970 concerts are very rare. I’m very happy with this, it made my day!

    By Erik Meijs on Feb 3, 2013

  11. hmm… worth getting!


    By I-) on Feb 5, 2013

  12. I was at that Clark University May 1969 concert. Taylor was the opening act, though at the moment I cannot recall opening for who-it may have been the Grateful Dead. In any event, he was unknown to me and to most people in the audience, since his Apple label album had just been out a few weeks, maybe, he was a brand new artist.Fortunately, one of the younger professors had brought a quite nice mobile taping system, and made this recording- I am sure there was only one recording, and this is it- with some pro level microphones. I somehow obtained a 3rd or 4th generation copy the next September, on 1/4 inch reel to reel of course, and even though the copy had some weak audio spots, that recording was my friend through some tough times the next 4 or 5years.I must have played it 800 times. Taylor came fully hatched, it never ceased to amaze me how good a guitarist he was, or how strong his singing was, even at 21 or however young he was at the time. Thanks for posting, as that tape got lost around 1975, and I never thought I’d hear any of it (it was around a 55 minute set) again.

    By Art B on Dec 19, 2013

  13. Did more research, which confirms that my raw memory was pretty good yesterday, except Taylor was opening for Ten Years After. Surprised I forgot that, since they were terrific, just great that night.Afterwards, I told the TYA bass player, Leo Lyons, that they were better then Cream in concert, which was true in my limited experience. Based on live recordings, I surely saw Cream on an off-night in April 68, and TYA was just much more consistently tasty.Though in retrospect, Taylor became a much bigger star than TYA ever did and has lasted around 20 times longer than Cream ever did. And yes, you could have those conversations after a show at Atwood Hall, and I didn’t have a back stage pass- it was pretty intimate, maybe held 800 people tops. FYI, the Dead had played exactly three weeks before Taylor and TYA at Atwood.

    By Art B on Dec 20, 2013

  14. wow. some great stuff here. ive seen one of these early 70’s shows on pbs. he was VERY young and it was on some kind of a evening show where he played for about 30 min. with some pretty hilarious commentary between songs.

    By Anthony on Dec 28, 2013

  15. thanks for sharing - this is wonderful. i always loved this concert on youtube and to have the audio is a blessing. there isn’t a flac rip available, is there?

    By jonathan on Jul 19, 2014

  16. My guess would be that the “young professor” who Art B referred to was Gil Markle, a philosophy professor at Clark who eventually set up a recording studio/farm in North Brookfield, Ma where The Rolling Stones practiced before a tour and Stevie Wonder’s album “Songs in the Key of Life” was previewed for critics. Gil recently passed away. Gil and the philosophy department at Clark was pretty amazing. There are a number of students from that era who have made their mark on various media.

    By Mike m on Jan 10, 2016

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