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The Unreleased Live Album 1981 [no label, 2CD]

Various dates and venues. Very good soundboard and FM broadcasts.

Thanks to als for sharing the shows at Dime.

In 1981 James Taylor planned to release a live album. His performance at Radio City Music Hall was recorded, but it didn’t turn out so well. While the music sounded great, JT’s banter and comedic timing were off, a rarity for him. Something must have been amiss because a week earlier he was broadcast nationally via satellite and, as I learned from a member of Dime, instructed his crew not to tell him the exact night of the broadcast (he only knew it was one of three nights). The results of the Atlanta broadcast were stellar - one of his best shows ever. JT did not release a live album in 1981, but, if he did, it might have sounded like this one.

Editing notes: Selections from the 5/13/81 show were made based on what sounded best to me. I have 8 versions of the show, threw on the headphones and made the call. Most of the between song banter comes from Source C as the “Dad Lives His Work” bootleg was heavily edited. This upload could also be called “the definitive version of 5/13/81″ (for now). Speaking of editing, I edited out most of the between song banter in Source A due to reasons noted above.

Other notes: The Atlanta show is usually dated 5/19/81 and I take responsibility for passing along bad information. In
September 2003 I shared a version of this show (Source C) on the Archival Group that was longer than “Dad Lives His Work” but still not complete. This version was dated 5/19/81 and I kept the date to avoid confusion with a show listed as Atlantic City 5/13/81.

Source A: 5/21/81 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, Soundboard
Source B: 5/13/81 Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, GA, “Dad Lives His Work” bootleg
Source C: 5/13/81 Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, GA, WNEW FM > unknown
Source D: 5/13/81 Atlanta, Civic Center, Atlanta, GA, WNEW FM > BR master cassette transfer
Source E: 6/12/82 Central Park, NYC, FM radio broadcast
Sources A + B + C + D + E > Sound Forge 8.0 (normalization, pitch correction, mixing) > CD Wave > 2flac

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Disc 1 (First Set)
Track 101. You Can Close Your Eyes 2:50
Track 102. Mona (song only) 2:51
Track 103. Wandering 2:48
Track 104. Sweet Baby James 3:28
Track 105. Riding On A Railroad 2:43
Track 106. How Sweet It Is 7:41
Track 107. Stand and Fight 4:40
Track 108. Brother Trucker 4:34
Track 109. Hey Good Lookin’ 2:54
Track 110. Walking Man 4:23
Track 111. Hard Times 4:18
Track 112. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine 5:36
Track 113. Up On The Roof 5:21
Track 114. Fire And Rain 4:31
59 mins

Disc 2 (Second Set)
Track 201. Sugar Trade 3:46
Track 202. Millworker 4:50
Track 203. Twelve Gates to the City 3:24
Track 204. Steamroller 6:32
Track 205. I Will Not Lie For You 3:45
Track 206. Daddy’s All Gone 5:17
Track 207. Her Town Too (with JD Souther) 5:00
Track 208. You’re Only Lonely (with JD Souther) 5:08
Track 209. Faithless Love (with JD Souther) 4:21
Track 210. Your Smiling Face 3:20
Track 211. Mexico 3:15
Track 212. Country Road 5:32
Track 213. Money Machine 7:18
Track 214. You’ve Got A Friend 5:11
Track 215. That Lonesome Road 2:31
Track 216. Interview with Peter Asher 2:29
72 mins

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  1. 25 Responses to “JAMES TAYLOR - UNRELEASED LIVE ALBUM 1981”

  2. Rumor has it James gots a Big Un

    By U L E on May 27, 2021

  3. Carly would know .

    By T J on May 27, 2021

  4. who needs quaaludes when u got jimmy taylor

    By Madame Phoot on May 27, 2021

  5. James has a penis to die for

    By U L E on May 27, 2021

  6. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on May 27, 2021

  7. James has a big one alright. Big and soft .

    By Pam Des Barris on May 27, 2021

  8. Maybe it’s all the dope he was doing . James is the only dude who ever went soft while I was giving him a blow job .

    By Pam Des Barris on May 27, 2021

  9. There’s no way that you’d get a live album THIS long in 1981. The only possible way you could get anything close to this is making it a triple-live album, and those were out of vogue by this point (and JT wasn’t a prog rocker like Yes or ELP anyway). The most you’d get is a double.

    That said, I’m not complaining! More classic James Taylor is always better than less!

    By Actually Talking About the Fucking Music on May 27, 2021

  10. Last twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on May 27, 2021

  11. My pussy was infested by crabs and oozing jizz from the soundman, any dude’s dik would go soft if they saw that.

    By Pam Des Barris on May 27, 2021

  12. Last one twasnt me nuther fake

    By U L E on May 28, 2021

  13. The coc suckin name stealers is back

    Triple, DD, you know what I is sayin here

    By Derrick on May 28, 2021

  14. No Derrick, what is you sayin here ???

    By HHH on May 28, 2021

  15. Triple, DD, Nelson, what I is sayin is that this used to be our website. With our friends like Jerry Disher and of course Anti, man I wonder sometmes what happened to him.

    Now it full of piss taking jerk offs and dirt bags. Can’t talk baseball or politics on here the music is soft rock shit and I am sick of talkin but Joe Pesci in Casino

    By Derrick on May 29, 2021

  16. This place is full of us- piss taking jerk offs and dirt bags. Inbred hillbilly trailer trash, scumbags, know nothing windbag assholes with tiny penises who can’t get laid unless we pay a crack whore like DD’s mom.

    You’re absolutely right, Derrick.

    By HHH on May 29, 2021

  17. Not me above on this post . Haven’t been commenting that much lately. I’m sure that’s not derrick either . Hebrew Mark is working awfully hard with his name stealing .

    By HHH on May 29, 2021

  18. They all need to get what Joe Pesci got at the casino

    By Derrick on May 29, 2021

  19. Lots of money to play the slots and to buy chips to place bets.

    By Derrick on May 29, 2021

  20. H and Derrick, the phonies should all get what Ned Beatty got in Deliverance , and what Marcellus Wallace got in Pulp Fiction.

    By T J on May 29, 2021

  21. I got what Ned Beatty got in Deliverance from my daddy every night.

    Yes daddy, I’ll be a good boy.

    By Derrick on May 29, 2021

  22. Who’s dis ‘T J’ comin on here like he owns the place?

    By DD on May 29, 2021

  23. Sounds like some imposter to me DD. Probably Hebrew Mark up to no good with his name stealing .

    By HHH on May 29, 2021

  24. Rumor has it HHH gots a Lil Un

    By U L E on May 30, 2021

  25. RIP B.J. Thomas 78, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Hooked On A Feeling, Somebody Done Somebody Wrong. He had hits in Pop, Country and Gospel and survived the drug scene.

    By ScarRad on May 30, 2021

  26. Rumor has it that I’ve finally worked out who you are… In real life, that is.

    By popsicle on May 30, 2021

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