James Taylor took to his website this week, announcing a new archival video series that will see him release one song at a time over the coming weeks and months.
“There’s a lot of stuff in the vault from over the years and we’ll rummage around in there – see what we can find… We’ll do our best to maintain the sharpest photographic clarity and highest fidelity sound quality that modern technology can afford,” he said in a post to the landing page of his website.
He continued, “Best perhaps to start at the beginning, so up first are some the songs from a BBC broadcast in the early 1970s. This may not be the earliest film of me performing… but it’s got to be close. We will roll these out one song at a time over the next many weeks. I wish you the joy of it.”
Taylor launched the series with a remastered video of his cover of The Beatles‘ “With A Little Help From My Friends”, filmed during his November 16th, 1970 performance on BBC in Concert. Clocking-in at 3:22, Taylor’s acoustic rendition takes a minimal, yet powerful, approach to the 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s classic. The performance came shortly after the release of his sophomore album, Sweet Baby James.
Check out the video below and head to Taylor’s YouTube channel for the latest archival footage as it become available.
James Taylor – “With A Little Help From My Friends” – 11/16/70
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