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It’s been 40 years since they first played together at the Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard, but two musical legends — Carole King and James Taylor — share the stage once again at the famed music club.
In November 1970, James Taylor and Carole King first performed together at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Taylor had just released his debut album for the Beatles’ newly formed Apple Records, and King was finding her way as a first-time solo performer, even though by then she was a famous songwriter with a string of hits for other artists. When they returned to the club for a two-week co-headlining run in 1971, their lives were somewhat different. That summer Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” was topping the charts and King’s landmark Tapestry was on its way to making her a music superstar.
Thirty-six years later, in November 2007, James Taylor, Carole King and members of their renowned original band (featuring guitarist Danny Kortchmar, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Russell Kunkel) returned to the Troubadour for a three-night, six-show run to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary. Those historic and unforgettable shows are documented in LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR, featuring 12 songs, including stunning performances of the pair’s most beloved hits: Carole King’s “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and James Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James” and “Fire and Rain,” to name just a few.
The return to the intimate Troubadour — the fertile ground that served as the unofficial home to such era-defining musicians as the Eagles, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell — rekindled King and Taylor’s love for making music together. Variety enthused at the time, “Taylor and King reminded us about the intensity of the song, that the artistically-rich and commercially-viable are not mutually exclusive and how one tiny club continues to be a birthing room for some of this city’s most memorable music.”
The experience of the recent performances at the Troubadour was deeply felt by everyone — the musicians onstage and the fans in attendance as well as the project’s technical crew: audio producer Peter Asher (an instrumental figure throughout Taylor’s career) and Emmy-winning video director Martyn Atkins. LIVE AT THE TROUBADOURis captured in sterling 5.1 audio and state-of-the-art high definition video.
This memorable event was also the inspiration for the pair’s current “Troubadour Reunion” world tour that kicked off in Melbourne, Australia, and will travel to New Zealand and Japan before coming to North America in May 2010. For the “Troubadour Reunion” tour, King and Taylor will once again be joined on stage by Kortchmar, Sklar and Kunkel. The tour has generated an overwhelming response exemplified by numerous sold-out shows.