Speak Now World Tour – Live

Speak Now World Tour Live is a live video album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on November 21, 2011, by Big Machine Records. The album consists of songs and performances recorded from various tour dates around the world from Swift's Speak Now World Tour. In the United States, the album debuted at number eleven on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 77,000 copies sold.

Speak Now World Tour Live
Live album / Video by
ReleasedNovember 21, 2011 (2011-11-21)
Recorded2011
GenreCountry
Length
  • 1:19:03 (CD)
  • 2:19:29 (DVD)
LabelBig Machine
DirectorBaz Halpin
ProducerTaylor Swift
Taylor Swift chronology
Speak Now
(2010)
Speak Now World Tour Live
(2011)
Red
(2012)
Taylor Swift video chronology
Journey to Fearless
(2011)
Speak Now World Tour – Live
(2011)
The 1989 World Tour Live
(2015)
Singles from Speak Now World Tour Live
  1. "Long Live"
    Released: March 1, 2012[1]

Background

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 of songs from the Speak Now album. The combo was released on November 21, 2011.[2][3] A Target exclusive of the live album contains the bonus performances of the songs "Ours", "Nashville" and "Sweet Escape", as well as the behind the scene making of the music video for "Mean".[4] Many of the songs and performances were captured from various legs around the world of the tour.[5] The Brazilian release of the album contains a new studio version of the song "Long Live", featuring new verses in Portuguese, composed and sung by Brazilian singer Paula Fernandes,[6] which peaked at #5 on Brazilian Hot 100.[7]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[8]
Roughstock[9]

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.[9] 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."[8]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number eleven on the US Billboard 200 chart with 77,000 sold. It also debuted at number two in Billboard Top Country Albums on the same week.[10] As of July 2019, the album has sold 368,000 copies in the US.[11] In Canada, the album entered at number 25.[12] The album also debuted in Australia at number thirty and later peaked at number sixteen. The album then fell off the chart completely the following week. The album also appeared in Mexico at number sixty seven.[13]

Track listing

CD

All tracks are written by Taylor Swift, except where noted.

Speak Now World Tour Live Disc one (Audio)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sparks Fly" 5:39
2."Mine" 4:19
3."The Story of Us" 4:49
4."Mean" 4:09
5."Ours" 4:05
6."Back to December / Apologize / You're Not Sorry"
6:01
7."Better Than Revenge" 5:44
8."Speak Now" 4:09
9."Last Kiss" 6:12
10."Drops of Jupiter"5:08
11."Bette Davis Eyes"
3:07
12."I Want You Back"1:21
13."Dear John" 6:45
14."Enchanted" 6:25
15."Haunted" 4:49
16."Long Live" 6:21
Total length:1:19:03

Blu-ray/DVD

Personnel

Credits for Speak Now World Tour Live adapted from Allmusic.[16]

Musicians

  • Taylor Swift lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, ukulele
  • David Cook keyboards
  • Caitlin Evanson fiddle, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Jody Harris rhythm guitar
  • Amos Heller bass guitar
  • Liz Huett backing vocals
  • Mike Meadows backing vocals, banjo, rhythm guitar, mandolin
  • Grant Mickelson lead and rhythm guitar
  • Paul Sidoti lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Al Wilson drums

Production

  • Taylor Swift art direction, director, lighting design, producer, set design
  • Chris Adams editing
  • Robert Allen executive producer, mixing
  • Charity Baroni dancer
  • Shannon Beach dancer
  • Brent Bishop assistant engineer
  • C.J. Boggs engineer
  • Scott Borchetta executive producer
  • Justin Boulet dancer
  • Claire Callaway dancer
  • David Cook musical director
  • Justin Cortelyou mixing
  • Paula Erickson liner notes
  • Emily Evans art direction
  • Sharon Everitt colorist, editing
  • Bob Ezrin mixing
  • Thomas Freitag assistant engineer
  • Grant Garner liner notes
  • Derek Garten assistant engineer
  • Christie Goodwin photography
  • Olivier Goulet video director
  • Austin Hale design
  • Baz Halpin director, lighting design, set design
  • Greg Hancock engineer
  • Dom Kelley dancer
  • Justin Key art direction
  • Glenn Meadows mastering
  • Fernando Miro dancer
  • Joe Neil engineer
  • Bethany Newman design
  • Josh Newman design
  • Marlyn Ortiz dancer
  • Meredith Ostrowsky dancer
  • David Payne engineer
  • Ryan Polito director
  • Aaron Rayburn design
  • Garth Richardson engineer
  • Chris Rowe engineer, mixing
  • Daniel Sadownick percussion
  • Joel Schwamburger assistant engineer
  • Jennifer Spenelli editing assistant
  • Andrea Swift executive producer
  • Austin Swift photography
  • Ben Terry assistant engineer
  • Brian Virtue mixing
  • Jim Weatherson art direction, executive producer

Charts

References

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