Fantasy

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Even in 1973, Carole King's landmark Tapestry album was still high on the charts. Fantasy was the first album to break the immediately recognizable, cozy sound set by Writer and made definitive by Tapestry. In the place of the warm, spare tones was a polished, soulful production. In many respects this album coasts on groove more than anything else. Sometimes it does work. "You've Been Around Too Long" comes off as subtle and accomplished, especially with David T. Walker's great guitar work. "Being at War with Each Other" pretty much covers well-worn ground. Those looking for Tapestry, Pt. 2 or 3 would come up empty, but the core of Fantasy does deliver on its idiosyncratic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Even in 1973, Carole King's landmark Tapestry album was still high on the charts. Fantasy was the first album to break the immediately recognizable, cozy sound set by Writer and made definitive by Tapestry. In the place of the warm, spare tones was a polished, soulful production. In many respects this album coasts on groove more than anything else. Sometimes it does work. "You've Been Around Too Long" comes off as subtle and accomplished, especially with David T. Walker's great guitar work. "Being at War with Each Other" pretty much covers well-worn ground. Those looking for Tapestry, Pt. 2 or 3 would come up empty, but the core of Fantasy does deliver on its idiosyncratic promise. "Corazón" has Latin intonations and King certainly doesn't embarrass herself. The album's best song by a long shot is "Believe in Humanity." On that track in particular all of the elements coalesce and might make listeners wish they took the harder sound and well-meaning messages even further, even for the hell of it. Some of the other tracks, most notably "Haywood," proves that although King knows the ins and outs of human nature, a story song isn't her forte. While the virtues of Music and Rhymes & Reasons tend to blur for some, Fantasy stands out as a risky and sometimes fulfilling effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972456621
  • Catalog Number: 724566
  • Sales rank: 53,732

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carole King Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Curtis Amy Saxophone, Wind
Tom Scott Saxophone
David T. Walker Guitar
Bobbye Hall Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Al Aarons Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mike Altschul Saxophone, Wind
George Bohannon Trombone, Euphonium
Denyse Buffum Viola
David Campbell Viola
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ronald Folsom Violin
Richard Hyde Trombone
Eddie Kendricks Vocals
Danny Kortchmar Guitar, Vocals
Charles Larkey Bass, Electric Bass, String Bass
Kathleen Lenski Violin
Robert Lipsett Violin
Charles Loper Trombone
Gordon Marron Strings Violin
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vibes
Ollie Mitchell Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
Judith Perett Cello
Sheldon Sanov Violin
Haim Shtrum Violin
Polly Sweeney Violin
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Ernie Watts Saxophone, Wind
Ken Yerke Violin
Alan DeVeritch Viola
Barry Socher Violin
Susan Ranney String Bass
Jeffrey Solow Cello
Glenn Dicterow Violin
Technical Credits
Carole King Arranger
Lou Adler Producer
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Steve Mitchell Engineer
Chuck Beeson Art Direction
Drew Struzan Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Carole King's Concept Album

    This is one of Carole King's best albums. There's not as many radio hits on this one but it is very satisfying album about life in the modern world (via 1973), In many ways it is the gentle flip side of Curtis Mayfield's Superfly (in concept rather than style).

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