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Carole King & James Taylor: Together Again At The Troubadour

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Anyone who listened to the radio in the early '70s--and for that matter, has listened ever since--couldn't help but be thrilled by the recent pairing of two iconic singer/songwriters of legendary stature.

By pop music standards, those two artists--Carole King and James Taylor--may actually be responsible for the creation of the term "singer/songwriter."

Between the two of them, King & Taylor have had a plethora of hits across the decades, sold innumerable albums throughout the world, and been honored repeatedly with Grammy awards, almost to the point of absurdity.

But back at the beginning of the '70s, before King would record her landmark album Tapestry and Taylor had yet to release his breakthrough Sweet Baby James, things were different.

Like many artists on their way to finding a mass audience, they found exposure wherever they could. And back then, even as now, one of those means was by doing a gig at Los Angeles's famous Troubadour venue. Which is what Taylor and King did together in 1970--and what they did again in November 2007 to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary.

The results of their return engagement can be heard on Live At The Troubadour, released this week on Hear Music/Concord, a special 2-disc CD/DVD document of their 2007 performance. On it are 15 songs, including memorable versions of King's "So Far Away" and "It's Too Late," Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" and "Fire And Rain," and much more.

Check out this fabulous version of "You've Got A Friend" and witness the magic that went on during those memorable recent performances.

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