Sunday, January 30, 2011


Carole King brought the singer / songwriter genre mainstream success with the wondrous woven magic of 'Tapestry'. After a decade of success as a songwriter (along with her husband Gerry Goffin) in the Brill Building, her first solo album 'Writer' was a commercial disappointment. James Taylor convinced her to record another solo album and even played on some of the tracks. King wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album. Intimate and disarming, every song is a revelation from the boogie woogie barn burners to the understated reworkings of the hit songs she wrote for others. It held the top spot of the album chart for fifteen consecutive weeks and spent over three hundred weeks on the album chart (both records for a female artist). 'Tapestry' has sold twenty five million copies worldwide. King won Grammy awards for Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year ("It's Too Late"), and Song of the Year ("You've Got a Friend").

'I Feel The Earth Move' is considered a number one single as part of the double A single with 'It's Too Late'.

'So Far Away'

'It's Too Late' made it to the top of the charts as a double sided single.

"You've got to get up every morning With a smile in your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You're gonna find, yes you will
That you're beatiful as you feel"

'Way Over Yonder'
"And maybe tomorrow, I'll find my way
To the land where the honey runs in rivers each day
And the sweet tasting good life is so easily found, yes it is"

'You've Got A Friend' was a number one hit for James Taylor the same year that she released 'Tapestry'.

'Where You Lead'
"I always wanted a real home with flowers on the window sill
But if you want to live in New York City, honey, you know I will"

'Will You Love Me Tomorrow?' was the first number one hit for King and Goffin exactly ten years before she released her own version with "the Mitchell / Taylor Boy-And-Girl Choir" on background vocals. King's slowed down performance makes the song more desperate and soulful.

'Smackwater Jack'
"You can't talk to a man when he don't want to understand"

'(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' was a top ten single for Aretha Franklin in 1967.

full album:

All songs written by Carole King except where noted.

Side 1
"I Feel the Earth Move" – 3:00
"So Far Away" – 3:55
"It's Too Late" (lyrics by Toni Stern) – 3:54
"Home Again" – 2:29
"Beautiful" – 3:08
"Way Over Yonder" – 4:49
Side 2
"You've Got a Friend" – 5:09
"Where You Lead" (lyrics by Toni Stern) – 3:20
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" (Gerry Goffin, King) – 4:13
"Smackwater Jack" (Goffin, King) – 3:42
"Tapestry" – 3:15
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Goffin, King, Jerry Wexler) – 3:59

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