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A Musicares Person of the Year Tribute Honoring James Taylor [HD DVD]
A Musicares Person of the Year Tribute Honoring James Taylor
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2006     1hr 34min


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Rock & Roll, Taylor, James
Studio: Rhino / Wea
Format: HD DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/14/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French
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Movie Reviews

One Amazing Night
Rachel | Santa Monica, CA | 08/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was very fortunate to have been a volunteer at the Musicares Person of the Year Tribute to James Taylor on February 6, 2006. It was a spectacular evening filled with great music and a wonderful feeling. I haven't seen the DVD yet, but I am very much looking forward to it. If you're a fan, this is a must have. Stars performed James' music and talked about what his music and life's work has meant to each of them. I loved Sting's sweet and funny story about evaluating his own musical career prospects after seeing James play for the first time.

Performers and set list included:

Sweet Baby James - Paul Simon
Shower the People - Dixie Chicks
Secret of Life - India.Arie
You Can Close Your Eyes - Sting
Everybody Gets the Blues - Taj Mahal and Dr. John
Country Road - Keith Urban
Millworker - Bruce Springsteen
You've got a Friend - Carole King (and James)
Copperline, Shed a Little Light, Fire and Rain - James

Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt also performed, but I can't quite recall what.

I'm sure you'll also get to see James interacting with his wife Caroline and two small sons who were there. They seem like a nice family. I had the chance to talk to them briefly and James is as kind and caring as you would imagine him to be.

I loved this special evening and am grateful to have played a small part in it.

A must have for James Taylor fans
David H. Smith | Santa Clarita, CA USA | 10/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What can you say but that it's great we get to share in a treasure. It begins with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks pounding out "Shower the People," which only gets better when Arnold joins in. Big, big song and you can tell already its going to be a big show. Some songs are close to what we usually hear from James, in others you can see that the artist is making the song their own, but that it is still distinctly a James Taylor song.

If for no other reason you need to get this for Bruce Springsteen's version of "Millworker." Dr. John and Taj Mahal's version of "Everybody Has the Blues" is fantastic, and perhaps the unexpected gem of this DVD. There is little that disappoints in this disc. Even those who are not huge James Taylor fans will find the interpretations that the different artists bring to James' music interesting. But if you are a James Taylor fan you owe it to yourself to buy this disc."
Jill Harcke | 10/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is worth it just to watch what goes on in James Taylor face and his eyebrows in an old clip of him singing Steamroller. Whew. Alot going on there.

I was delighted to see this tribute to a man whose work ethic continues to make him a delight to experience and hear onstage. I too, was mesmerized with the Dixie Chixs opener, Shower the People. It was smart to have James regular band accompany the artists who contributed to this lovefest, which James, shyly acknowledged. The integrity of his music was upheld by doing so. I was wondering why Ben and Sally Taylor were absent. It would have been great to have them sing a song for their Pop. Obviously the young Taylor twins have Dads's beat and will, hopefully, continue the family tradition as time goes. I had tears in my eyes throughout the concert, but it was Jame's surprise visit to Carole King's, You've Got A Friend, that made my face wet.I am grateful James Taylor is still touring and happy to see such a beautiful tribute paid to a man who more than deserves it."
Smooth as Silk
Kenneth L. Faught | Knoxville, TN USA | 11/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"WHAT GREAT FUN to watch some of our best contemporary entertainers pay tribute to a great talent and a class act - and all for a good cause.

While everyone may not enjoy all the performances equally, each singer reminds us that JT's talent "translates well" across musical genres. Especially enjoyable is Jimmy Buffet's "video salute" to his friend, and perhaps the most touching homages come from Sheryl Crow and (later) Sting, both of whom talk about their experiences at Taylor concerts in "the early days".

Taylor and his sons, Rufus and Henry, (and brother Livingston) manage to get together on-stage before it's all over. So, buy it for the music . . . buy it for the history . . . buy it for the charity . . . buy it for the FUN! You'll discover (or be reminded of) what many of us have known for a long time - it doesn't get any better than James Taylor."