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Livingston Taylor

  • Liv [Capricorn, 1971] C
  • Over the Rainbow [Capricorn, 1973] C
  • Echoes [Capricorn, 1979] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Liv [Capricorn, 1971]
No relation to Hound Dog, unfortunately. C

Over the Rainbow [Capricorn, 1973]
The trouble with Liv is that he has a funny voice and no sense of humor. C

Echoes [Capricorn, 1979]
Vocally, Liv is almost James's twin but not quite--he adds a touch of depth to the lissome drawl and subtracts all wow and flutter. Since what makes James unique is also what makes him repulsive, I find Liv more likable but less interesting--especially given his songwriting, which this best-of, drawn from his three early '70s LPs, makes the best of. I ask you, what good is a funny voice without a sense of humor? C+