JAMES TAYLOR - HARVARD 1970

September 2, 2008 – 5:00 am

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JAMES TAYLOR
Harvard 1970 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 25, 1970. Very good soundboard stereo (CD 2 has slight hiss).

In the ’70s, the success of musicians such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot and Carly Simon cemented the singer-songwriter genre, building on the works paved by artists such as Bob Dylan and Simon And Garfunkel before them. By singer-songwriter, it also meant folkish, gentle, confessional and usually acoustic-based albums, of which James Taylor’s Fire And Rain probably ranks among the genre’s top songs.

Taylor was formerly on Apple Records but moved over to Warner and, in February 1970, released Sweet Baby James, one of his biggest sellers.

It must have been early days for the Sweet Baby James album when Taylor played the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University - there were no obvious signs that this was a “hot-selling star” in concert - and Taylor kept Fire And Rain towards the end of the set, almost as if he was closing his sets with the (hit) single, followed by two or three encores. Like the troubadour he is, Taylor was conversational and amiable, but to listen to a good selection of songs from Sweet Baby James, the fan would have to attend both shows.

Of added interest is Taylor’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s For Free (he refers to her as “a chick”) and brother Livingston’s In My Reply. [The song appeared on Livingston’s self-titled debut album, also released in 1970.]

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Disc 1 (Set I)
1. Introduction
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Anywhere Like Heaven
4. Steamroller Blues
5. Blossom
6. Mannish Boy
7. Okie From Muskogee
8. Greensleeves
9. For Free (Joni Mitchell)
10. Fire And Rain
11. Carolina In My Mind
12. Riding On A Railroad
13. Isn’t It Nice To Be Home Again

Disc 2 (Set II)
1. Carolina In My Mind
2. Brighten Your Night With My Day
3. Tube Rose Snuff Song
4. Sunny Skies
5. In My Reply* (Livingston Taylor)
6. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
7. Oh, Susannah
8. Sweet Baby James
9. Fire And Rain
10. Sunshine Sunshine
11. Diamonds In The Rough

*Livingston Taylor’s In My Reply is wrongly titled as Matthew on the artwork.

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  1. 3 Responses to “JAMES TAYLOR - HARVARD 1970”

  2. THANKS FOR THIS GREAT CONCERT!!!

    I LOVE NEIL YOUNG TOO…!!!

    CAN YOU EDIT SOME CONCERT, PLEASE??

    THANKS FRIENDS!!!

    By ruben on Sep 6, 2008

  3. interesting that I’ve downloaded TWO versions of Mannish Boy today…Hendrix and James Taylor. Probably couldn’t get two more different approaches to the same Muddy Waters song…

    By Duncan Walls on Sep 19, 2008

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