Speak Now: World Tour Live
November 21, 2011
BACKGROUND AND RELEASE
The album was announced on September 21, 2011 via Taylor’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.
A Target exclusive of the live album contains the bonus performances of the songs “Ours“, “(Going Back to) Nashville” and “Sweet Escape”, as well as the behind the scene making of the music video for “Mean“. Many of the songs and performances were captured from various legs around the world of the tour. The Brazilian release of the album contains a previously unreleased version of the song “Long Live” featuring new verses in Portuguese composed and sung by singer Paula Fernandes, that peaked at #5 on the Brazilian Hot 100.
Matt Bjorke of Roughstock stated that Taylor “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.” 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 did a country music concert.”
The album debuted at No. 11 on the US Billboard 200 chart with 77,000 sold. It also debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart on the same week. To date, the album has sold 346,000 copies in the US. As of July 2019, the album has sold 368’000 copies in the US.
|Released||November 21, 2011|
|Length||79:03 (CD Edition)|
|Label||Big Machine Records|