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You've Got A Friend

10 MAY 10 DAVID VIENNA

Four decades have passed since a new artist named James Taylor and a successful songwriter emerging as a solo performer named Carole King first played at West Hollywood's famous Troubadour. One year later, in 1971, they returned for a two-week gig. By that time, each of them was globally recognized as undeniably powerful singer-songwriters. In 2007, the two friends returned to the Troubadour again for three nights of shows, now available from Hear Music on Live At The Troubadour.

The most recent Troubadour reunion of King and Taylor celebrated the venue's 50th anniversary. The duo's rock steady band The Section backed them just as they did for the original shows. Taylor and King, both skillful and engaging performers, generated an energy that transported the room to the early-'70s. The set list contained a broad selection of hits and favorites such as Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind" and "Fire And Rain" and King's "It's Too Late" and "I Feel The Earth Move." (Check out my review of the show here.)

Taylor and King's life-long friendship warms the stage with honesty and admiration. They clearly love each other as friends and artists. It shows in each song. Live At The Troubadour features 15 cuts from the show as well as a DVD performance of the tracks on the album. King and Taylor are currently playing dates all over North America, including a few at the Hollywood Bowl, a venue slightly larger than the cozy room at the nearby Troubadour that started it all.

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