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The Living Room Tour

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An artist for the ages

    If you attended the concert, then you know what you are getting on the CD. From some of her more recent to her more memorable standards, this is a trip worth revisiting. Her voice, wit and energies have all matured --- in a nice way. With her words and music, Carole King will continue to reach people of all ages, now and forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    At 62, she's still unbelieveable! I keep playing this CD over and over again like I did when I was a kid. I abolsutely love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All the World's a Living Room Carole King Conquers the Stage

    Carole King’s new double-CD chronicle of her hugely successful 2004 Living Room Tour finds the singer-songwriter at the top of her performing game. This woman blows the whole fourth wall concept to smithereens: you feel like you are actually listening to this treasured performer in a living room. From the whimsical opening number, “Welcome to My Living Room”—in which she warns the audience that she might forget some her lyrics since “I’m 62”—you can sense that something once in a lifetime is about to take place. She takes chances throughout the show, some of which, are captured here on record, for example, when she reaches for a high note that is out of reach, or as you can hear her tired breaths during the very emotional rendering of “Lay Down My Life” –one of the best songs she’s written since the 70s, but, that’s all part of the charm. My biggest thrill listening to the album is hearing how Carole makes her piano take on the role of other instruments. On “Peace in the Valley”—recorded in ’72 and revered by fans like me for its subtle back and forth interplay/arrangement of piano vs. percussion (Ms. Bobbye Hall), she manages to suggest the interplay of both piano and congas. How could “Jazzman” work without Tom Scott’s sax solo from the 1974 #1 hit single – no need to worry – Carole’s scatting takes the place of the horns. Hard to describe: you’ll just have to listen. How could Carole perform “Being at War With Each Other” solo – the 1973 recording is literally a swirling symphony suite of strings – well, once again, you won’t even notice that she’s not being backed by an orchestra – her piano playing and vocals are so versatile that she can intimate just about any instrument. Of course, she does get strong musical support from her long-time musical director Rudy Guess (who co-produced this album), and co-writer/guitarist Gary Burr. To their credit, they give “Smackwater Jack” new life and Carole has an easier time of conjuring the Monkees on “Pleasant Valley Sunday” thanks to their backup. Gary Burr duets beautifully with her on “Loving You Forever”—a simply stated, but, heartily delivered country-tinged love song. And regardless of how many times, you’ve heard “It’s Too Late,” “Natural Woman.” Or “You’ve Got a Friend”—you haven’t really heard them, until you’ve heard them on this album... how anyone could make you feel like you’re hearing the ’67 classic “Natural Woman” for the first time, is what old fans have always known as the magic of Carole King.

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