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James Taylor: Pull Over

Columbia Music Video // 2002 // 119 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // December 13th, 2002

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All Rise...

The Charge

You've got a friend in Mr. Taylor.

The Case

Get ready for a night of fun and musicianship when James Taylor takes the stage for well over 25 songs from the master of mild. Included on this disc are the following performances:
• Everyday
• That's Why I'm Here
• Only One
• Frozen Man
• On The 4th of July
• Whenever You're Ready
• Raised Up Family
• Mexico
• Steamroller Blues
• Carolina In My Mind
• Milworker
• Sun On The Moon
• Junkie's Lament
• Copperline
• Shed a Little Light
• Fire & Rain
• You've Got a Friend
• Your Smiling Face
• How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
• Traffic Jam
• Knock On Wood
• You Can Close Your Eyes
• Sweet Baby James

Sit back and let the music of James Taylor take you away…

Ah, the soothing sounds of James Taylor. Is there any sound more flaccid, more adultly bland than Mr. Taylor's musical styling? Before you answer, know that Kenny G doesn't count—he's made a pact with the devil and therefore is disqualified. This DVD features Taylor and his band performing some of his best known hits, as well as some other melodic rarities. So, is this all any good? As usual with concert discs, it depends on your personal tastes. I myself like James Taylor and his songs. Yes, his music is low-key and unexciting. However, I argue that low-key isn't always a bad thing—sometimes you just want some gentle music to relax to (and I'll be honest: those of you who consider Metallica "music to relax to" scare the crap outta me). While Taylor may not be the type of performer who runs around the stage yelling and screaming, his presence is nonetheless strong and entertaining. Most of these songs are very well executed, including the great "Carolina In My Mind" and a rather cool performance of the hit "Mexico" (with strong singing by Taylor's backup singers). Overall this is a well done performance by Taylor and his band. Fans will no doubt enjoy James Taylor: Pull Over, even if they commit the cardinal sin of liking Kenny G.

James Taylor: Pull Over is presented in what appears to be a 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. The image on this disc is excellent with little in the way of imperfections marring the transfer. The colors and black levels are all sharp and solid without any edge enhancement or pixilation rearing its ugly head. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, both in English. The Dolby 5.1 track utilizes all six speakers well and to their full effect. The music is crystal clear without any hiss or distortion in the mix. No alternate language soundtracks or subtitles are available on this disc.

On par with many concert performance DVDs, James Taylor: Pull Over offers little in the way of extra features. Included on this disc is a short "Making of October Road" featurette that offers viewers a brief glimpse at Taylor recording his latest album, "October Road." A few interviews with Taylor and some crew members are included, plus some footage of Taylor crooning at the microphone. Also included on this disc is a rather nice bio of the singer, plus a brief look at Taylor's prolific music catalog (with full song lists under each title).

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 83

Perp Profile

Studio: Columbia Music Video
Video Formats:
• 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Release Year: 2002
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Concerts and Musicals
• Performance

Distinguishing Marks

• "The Making of October Road" Featurette
• James Taylor Biography
• James Taylor Catalog Overview


• James Taylor's Official Site

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