Live (James Taylor album)

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ReleasedAugust 10, 1993 (1993-08-10)
RecordedNovember 1992 (1992-11)
Genre Rock
Label Columbia
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Live is the first live album by the singer-songwriter James Taylor, released on August 10, 1993, by Columbia. The double album presents selections from 14 shows during a November 1992 tour. In the US, Live peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart [5] and has sold more than one million copies, being certified 2× platinum by the RIAA.


A single-album CD of highlights of the double album was also released, titled Best Live. There are two different versions of this album; a 17-track version was released in 1993, [6] and a shorter 12-track version on June 21, 1994. [7]

On digital distributors such as Spotify and iTunes , many of the verbal introductions that were present in the original CD have been cut.

Track listing

All songs by James Taylor except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "Sweet Baby James" – 4:13
  2. "Traffic Jam" – 2:10
  3. "Handy Man" (Otis Blackwell, Jimmy Jones) – 3:31
  4. "Your Smiling Face" – 3:03
  5. "Secret O' Life" – 3:45
  6. "Shed a Little Light" – 4:32
  7. "Everybody Has the Blues" – 2:33
  8. "Steamroller Blues" – 5:30
  9. "Mexico" – 3:32
  10. "Millworker" – 4:25
  11. "Country Road" – 5:44
  12. "Fire and Rain" – 4:44
  13. "Shower the People" – 4:43
  14. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" (Holland, Dozier, Holland) – 7:29
  15. "New Hymn" (Reynolds Price, Taylor) – 3:00
Disc two
  1. "Walking Man" – 4:35
  2. "Riding on a Railroad" – 2:41
  3. "Something in the Way She Moves" – 3:59
  4. "Sun on the Moon" – 3:54
  5. "Up on the Roof" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 4:10
  6. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – 3:37
  7. "She Thinks I Still Care" (Dickey Lee) – 3:28
  8. "Copperline" (R. Price, Taylor) – 4:43
  9. "Slap Leather" – 2:11
  10. "Only One" – 4:41
  11. "You Make It Easy" – 5:05
  12. "Carolina in My Mind" – 5:04
  13. "I Will Follow" – 4:14
  14. "You've Got a Friend" (King) – 5:09
  15. "That Lonesome Road (Don Grolnick, Taylor) – 2:46

Best Live (17 track)

  1. "Sweet Baby James" – 4:11
  2. "Handy Man" (Blackwell, Jones) – 3:34
  3. "Your Smiling Face" – 2:51
  4. "Steamroller Blues" – 5:36
  5. "Mexico" – 3:17
  6. "Walking Man" – 4:08
  7. "Country Road" – 5:44
  8. "Fire and Rain" – 4:33
  9. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (Holland, Dozier, Holland) – 6:57
  10. "Riding on a Railroad" – 2:42
  11. "Something in the Way She Moves" – 3:59
  12. "Sun on the Moon" – 3:51
  13. "Up on the Roof" (Goffin, King) – 4:13
  14. "Copperline" (Price, Taylor) – 4:40
  15. "Slap Leather" – 2:14
  16. "You've Got a Friend" (King) – 5:09
  17. "That Lonesome Road" (Grolnick, Taylor) – 2:46

Best Live (12 track)

  1. "Sweet Baby James" – 4:13
  2. "Handy Man" (Blackwell, Jones) – 3:34
  3. "Your Smiling Face" – 2:53
  4. "Shed a Little Light" – 4:17
  5. "Steamroller Blues" – 5:24
  6. "Mexico" – 3:15
  7. "Walking Man" – 4:23
  8. "Country Road" – 5:38
  9. "Fire and Rain" – 4:39
  10. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (Holland, Dozier, Holland) – 6:58
  11. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – 3:10
  12. "Shower the People" – 5:12



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