Critic Reviews for Troubadours
Watching the warmly nostalgic "Troubadours" is like going to a reunion of old friends. You're so happy to see them again that you are willing to forgive whatever lapses and flaws there are in the experience.
In the end, as another talking head points out, "the music always wins." And it did -- by a landslide.
A key weakness of the documentary is that it doesn't do enough to refute the charges long leveled at the Laurel Canyon league by music critics.
Audience Reviews for Troubadours
*** (out of four) An enjoyable and loving look at the influence and talent that emerged from the world famous Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood. It focuses on several notable musicians, but mostly targets James Taylor and Carole King. The documenatry works best as a celebration of the talent and it helps a lot if you are fans of those connected to the place. Luckily I am, so I was excited to hear the songs and see the performances. I wished it would have spent a little more time on the club owner and his strange behavior. But the interviews by the likes of James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Steve Martin, Cheech and Chong, and tons more is a wonderful piece of music history.
Compelled me to dig out my old Carol King and Joni Mitchell albums. Required viewing for fans of the 70's singer/songwriter era.
Love music, but can't say I am the biggest fans of Carol King and James Taylor. Of course, I've always loved a few songs from each, but just missed being 'into' them by a few years. However, this is a movie that shouldn't be missed. About the songwriting-era of the 70's in LA, centered around the famous Troubador music club. Great story, and wonderful interviews and older (and current) footage of some of the all time greats. In limited release, but coming soon to a theatre near you!
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