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Speak Now: World Tour Live
Live album by Taylor Swift
Released November 21, 2011 (2011-11-21)
Length 79:03 (CD)
139:29 (DVD/Blu-ray)
Label Big Machine
Producer Taylor Swift, Robert Allen, Scott Borchetta, Andrea Swift, Jim Weatherson
Taylor Swift chronology

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Speak Now
(2010)
Speak Now: World Tour Live
(2011)

Speak Now: World Tour Live is the first live album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on November 21, 2011 by Big Machine Records.

The live album consist of songs and performances recorded from various tour dates around the world of Swift's Speak Now World Tour.

The live album debuted at number eleven on the US Billboard 200 chart with 77,000 sold.

BackgroundEdit

The album was announced on September 21, 2011 via Swift's official website, along with the album cover. The DVD and Blu-ray releases feature all seventeen performances from the North American leg of the Speak Now World Tour, as well as bonus content. The CD has over seventy-five minutes of music as well as select live performances from the Speak Now album. The combo was released on November 21, 2011.[1][2] A Target exclusive of the live album contains the bonus performances of "Ours, "Nashville" and "Sweet Escape", as well as the behind the scene making of the music video for "Mean".[3] Many of the songs and performances were captured from various legs around the world of the tour.[4] The Brazilian release of the album contains a previously unreleased version of the song "Long Live" featuring new verses in Portuguese composed and sang by singer Paula Fernandes.[5]

Critical responseEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic Star full[6]
Roughstock Star full[7]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave a mixed review on the album and stated that Swift "has shown a lot of growth through the years and takes her live show seriously so It’s good to hear this live album sound nearly as good as her records do." Bjorke also compared the CD/DVD combo to Sugarland's Live on the Inside.[7] James Monger of Allmusic rated the album three out of five stars and stated that the performances on the DVD were "an elaborate affair that utilized dancers, aerialists, numerous costume changes, and a mammoth, multi-stage setup that more closely resembled a high-profile Broadway musical than it a did country music concert."[6]

Commercial performanceEdit

The live album debut at number eleven on the US Billboard 200 chart with 77,000 sold.[8] To date the album has sold 260,249 copies in the US.[9]

Track listingEdit

CD
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Sparks Fly"  Taylor Swift 5:39
2. "Mine"  Swift 4:19
3. "The Story of Us"  Swift 4:49
4. "Mean"  Swift 4:09
5. "Ours"  Swift 4:05
6. "Medley: Back to December / Apologize / You're Not Sorry"  Swift, Ryan Tedder 6:01
7. "Better than Revenge"  Swift 5:44
8. "Speak Now"  Swift 4:09
9. "Last Kiss"  Swift 6:12
10. "Drops of Jupiter"  Jimmy Stafford, Scott Underwood, Pat Monahan, Charlie Colin, Rob Hotchkiss 5:08
11. "Bette Davis Eyes"  Donna Weiss, Jackie DeShannon 3:07
12. "I Want You Back"  Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Berry Gordy, Jr., Alphonso Mizell 1:21
13. "Dear John"  Swift 6:45
14. "Enchanted"  Swift 6:25
15. "Haunted"  Swift 4:49
16. "Long Live"  Swift 6:21
Total length:
79:03

PersonnelEdit

Credits for Speak Now: World Tour Live adapted from Allmusic.[12]

  • Chris Adams — editing
  • Robert Allen — executive producer, mixing
  • Charity Baroni — dancer
  • Shannon Beach — dancer
  • Ben Terry — assistant engineer
  • Brent Bishop — assistant engineer
  • Amund Björklund — composer
  • C.J. Boggs — engineer
  • Scott Borchetta — executive producer
  • Justin Boulet — dancer
  • Claire Callaway — dancer
  • Charlie Colin — composer
  • David Cook — keyboards, musical director
  • Justin Cortelyou — mixing
  • Jackie DeShannon — composer
  • Paula Erickson — liner notes
  • Emily Evans — art direction
  • Caitlin Evanson — fiddle, backing vocals, guitar
  • Sharon Everitt — colorist, editing
  • Bob Ezrin — mixing
  • Thomas Freitag — assistant engineer
  • Grant Garner — liner notes
  • Derek Garten — assistant engineer
  • Christie Goodwin — photography
  • Berry Gordy, Jr. — composer
  • Olivier Goulet — video director
  • Austin Hale — design
  • Baz Halpin — director, lighting design, set design
  • Greg Hancock — engineer
  • Jody Harris — guitar
  • Amos Heller — bass
  • Rob Hotchkiss — composer
  • Liz Huett — backing vocals
  • Dom Kelley — dancer
  • Justin Key — art direction
  • Espen Lind — composer

  • Hillary Lindsey — composer
  • Glenn Meadows — mastering
  • Mike Meadows — backing vocals, banjo, guitar, mandolin
  • Grant Mickelson — guitar
  • Fernando Miro — dancer
  • Alphonso Mizell — composer
  • Pat Monahan — composer
  • Jason Mraz — composer
  • Joe Neil — engineer
  • Bethany Newman — design
  • Josh Newman — design
  • Marlyn Ortiz — dancer
  • Meredith Ostrowsky — dancer
  • David Payne — engineer
  • Freddie Perren — composer
  • Ryan Polito — director
  • Aaron Rayburn — design
  • Deke Richards — composer
  • Garth Richardson — engineer
  • Liz Rose — composer
  • Chris Rowe — engineer, mixing
  • Daniel Sadownick — percussion
  • Joel Schwamburger — assistant engineer
  • Paul Sidoti — backing vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Jennifer Spenelli — editing assistant
  • Jimmy Stafford — composer
  • Andrea Swift — executive producer
  • Austin Swift — photography
  • Taylor Swift — art direction, banjo, composer, director, guitar, lighting design, piano, producer, set design, ukulele, vocals
  • Ryan Tedder — composer
  • Scott Underwood — composer
  • Brian Virtue — mixing
  • Jim Weatherson — art direction, executive producer
  • Donna Weiss — composer
  • Al Wilson — drums, leader

Charts and certificationsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[13] 30
Australian Country Chart[14] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[15] 25
Mexican Albums Chart[16] 67
US Billboard 200[8] 11
US Billboard Top Country Albums[17] 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Taylor Swift Announces 'Speak Now' Live CD/DVD". Jason Lipshutz. Billboard.com. 2011-09-21. http://www.billboard.com/news/taylor-swift-announces-speak-now-live-cd-1005362572.story#/news/taylor-swift-announces-speak-now-live-cd-1005362572.story. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  2. "Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live (Blu-ray + CD): Taylor Swift, Ryan Polito: Music". Amazon.com. 2009-09-09. http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Swift-Speak-World-Blu-ray/dp/B006B9REH6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1322326903&sr=8-3. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  3. "Taylor Swift World Tour - Only at Target". target.com. http://www.target.com/p/Taylor-Swift-World-Tour-Only-at-Target/-/A-13832473#?lnk=sc_qi_detailimage. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  4. (2011) Album notes for Speak Now: World Tour Live by Taylor Swift [CD/DVD]. Big Machine Records (BMRTS0340B).
  5. "iTunes - Música - Speak Now - World Tour Live de Taylor Swift". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-12-31. http://itunes.apple.com/br/album/speak-now-world-tour-live/id488748355. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Christopher, James (2011-11-21). "World Tour Live: Speak Now - Taylor Swift". AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/world-tour-live-speak-now-r2306676/review. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Matt Bjorke (2011-11-21). "Album/DVD Review: Taylor Swift - Speak Now: World Tour Live | Country Music Reviews, Taylor Swift to Lady Antebellum". Roughstock.com. http://www.roughstock.com/reviews/album-dvd-review-taylor-swift-speak-now-world-tour-live. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Squeaks Past Nickelback to Take No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard.biz. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/michael-buble-s-christmas-squeaks-past-nickelback-1005579152.story. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  9. "Top Usa - 21/12/2011". Pure Charts. 21/21/2011. http://www.chartsinfrance.net/communaute/index.php?/topic/41693-top-usa-21122011/. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  10. "Speak Now World Tour: Live (2 CDs)". http://www.livrariasaraiva.com.br/produto/3736625/speak-now-world-tour-live-2-cds/. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  11. "Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour Live LIMITED EDITION CD & DVD Includes Bonus Performance of "Ours", "Nashville" and "Sweet Emotions" Plus Behind the Scenes of the Music Video "Mean": Taylor Swift: Music". Amazon.com. 2009-09-09. http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-LIMITED-Performance-Nashville-Emotions/dp/B006B9TLT0/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1322336165&sr=8-5. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  12. "World Tour Live: Speak Now  – Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/world-tour-live-speak-now-r2306676/credits. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  13. "australian-charts.com - Taylor Swift - Speak Now World Tour Live". Hung Medien. http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Taylor+Swift&titel=Speak+Now+World+Tour+Live&cat=a. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  14. "Top 20 Country Chart - Australian Record Industry Assocation". Ariacharts.com.au. http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display_country.asp?chart=1F20. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  15. "Canadian Albums Week of December 10, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/charts/canadian-albums?chartDate=2011-12-10&order=gainer. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  16. "Mexican Chart". http://mexicancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Taylor+Swift&titel=Speak+Now+World+Tour+Live&cat=a. 
  17. "Country Albums Week of December 10, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/charts/country-albums?chartDate=2011-12-10&order=gainer. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 

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