The album “Sweet Baby James” was a game changer, not only for JAMES TAYLOR but also for a host of singer-songwriters who followed. His second album, first for Warner Bros Records, hit the airways in 1970 and slowly made its way up the charts. The single “Fire and Rain”, when released, was a top Ten Billboard hit.
January 25, 1971:FILLMORE EAST 8th row right side with a new girl at my side. Opening act was a 23 year old out of San Francisco who goes by one name, VICTORIA.
Mike Jahn’s review of VICTORIA from the NY TIMES that week describes her as “a frail‐looking folk singer from San Francisco,(who) is proving very impressive during her engagement at the Gaslight Cafe,The 23‐year‐old angular faced, thin‐armed performer plays electric guitar and piano, and sings in a highly distinctive voice, shifting from high‐ cutting moments unlike most other female folk singers, to soft breathy moments”. Which she was, all of that, but forgotten by me after she finished her set.
After a short intermission the crowd was reminded that James Taylor was performing a benefit for Native Americans. Out he strolls to applause and a few “We love you James”. His banter with the crowd was entertaining and his comment about having PAUL McCARTNEY in the house had almost everyone, myself included, looking for the former Beatle. Hence, James Taylor opens with an acoustic version of WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS.
With A Little Help From My Friends 03:45 2 Long Ago & Far Away 03:45 3 Something In The Way She Moves 03:54 4 Blossom 02:33 5 (Snuff Commercial) 02:17 6 Greensleeves 01:55 7 Sunny Skies 03:57 8 Diamond Joe 03:07 9 Things Go Better With Coke 01:36 10 Carolina In My Mind 04:19 11 Riding On A Railroad 02:44 12 Fire And Rain 04:46 13 Highway Song 05:39 14 Lo And Behold 04:05 15 Machine Gun Kelly 02:52 16 Hey Mister, That's Me Up On the Jukebox 04:13 17 Steamroller Blues 04:25 18 Night Owl 03:51 19 You Can Close Your Eyes 02:38 20 Sweet Baby James 03:16
James Taylor was entertaining, and a pleasure to hear. I made a tape of the performance with my portable and trusty cassette player.