James Taylor: Live At The Beacon Theatre

Watch James Taylor: Live At The Beacon Theatre

  • NR
  • 1998
  • 2 hr 7 min
  • 8.2  (130)

James Taylor: Live At The Beacon Theatre is a concert film that documents the legendary singer-songwriter's performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City in 1998. The film was directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and produced by Martin Scorcese, and features Taylor performing a range of his biggest hits, as well as some lesser-known songs.

The film opens with an introduction by Taylor, who talks about his history with the venue and his excitement at returning to play there. The concert then begins with a rousing rendition of "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," which sets the tone for what will be a night of soulful, heartfelt music.

One of the standout moments of the concert is Taylor's performance of "Shower the People," which sees him joined on stage by backing vocalist Valerie Carter. The two singers harmonize beautifully together, and the audience is clearly moved by the performance.

Another highlight is Taylor's take on "Secret O' Life," which showcases his signature fingerpicking style and poetic lyrics. The song serves as a reminder of Taylor's talent as a songwriter, and leaves the crowd cheering for more.

Throughout the concert, Taylor is backed by a talented band that includes some of the best musicians in the business. His longtime collaborator Danny Kortchmar is on guitar, while Steve Gadd provides some of the most dynamic drumming of his career. The instrumental performances are truly a sight to behold, and provide the perfect backdrop for Taylor's versatile voice.

The concert also features several covers, including a poignant rendition of the Beatles' "In My Life" and a soulful take on Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do." These covers showcase Taylor's ability to make any song his own, and are some of the most memorable moments of the concert.

One of the most touching moments of the film comes towards the end, when Taylor performs "Fire and Rain." The song, which was written about the suicide of Taylor's friend Suzanne Schnerr, is one of his most personal and emotional works. As he sings about the loss of his friend, the audience is clearly moved to tears by the raw emotion of the performance.

The concert closes with a rousing rendition of "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," which sees Taylor and his band delivering one final burst of energy before the show comes to an end. The crowd is on their feet, clapping and singing along to the chorus, and it's clear that they've just witnessed something truly special.

Overall, James Taylor: Live At The Beacon Theatre is a must-see for fans of the singer-songwriter, as well as anyone who appreciates great music. The concert is a testament to Taylor's talent as a performer and songwriter, and is sure to leave audiences moved and inspired. Whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to his music, this concert is not to be missed.

James Taylor: Live At The Beacon Theatre is a 1998 music movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 7 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.2.

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    2 hr 7 min
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (130)