Love Makes the World [Deluxe Edition]

Love Makes the World [Deluxe Edition]

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by Carole King
     
 

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Bouncing around smaller indie labels in the '90s after a few failed albums on majors, Carole King rebounded with this self-released 2001 disc on her own Rockingale (an anagram of Carole King and a takeoff on her song "Nightingale") imprint. Although it's not a totally successful return to her past triumphs, the disc is one of her best post-'70s albums and occasionally… See more details below

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Bouncing around smaller indie labels in the '90s after a few failed albums on majors, Carole King rebounded with this self-released 2001 disc on her own Rockingale (an anagram of Carole King and a takeoff on her song "Nightingale") imprint. Although it's not a totally successful return to her past triumphs, the disc is one of her best post-'70s albums and occasionally even rivals her most enduring work. Wisely, King returns here to her strengths of melodic love ballads. While only a few selections match the natural woman charms of Tapestry and Music, King remains in terrific voice. When she keeps the arrangements stripped down, as on the closing "Safe Again" and "This Time," she taps into that N.Y.C. singer/songwriter vein that made her finest albums so memorable. Guest appearances from Babyface, k.d. lang, and Wynton Marsalis are hardly necessary, since King carries the weight of their songs herself. On the downside, Celine Dion's exaggerated influence is far too intrusive on "The Reason," overloading a perfectly good track with the bombastic ballad treatment Dion is recognized for. King sounds stiff and by the time the screaming guitar solo comes in, it's obvious this is not the approach that best suits the singer or her songs. Nor does the rock beat and big hooks of "Monday Without You," a misdirected slice of generic radio rock. The majority of the album fares much better, with King's distinctive piano and heartfelt, often gritty vocals belting out tunes with spare accompaniment. The string quartet on "Uncommon Love" seems organically relaxed and k.d. lang remains appropriately low-key throughout the duet. The yearning of "You Will Find Me There" recalls the simple poetic honesty of "You've Got a Friend" both lyrically and musically. Reprising her '60s hit "Oh No, Not My Baby" -- co-written with Gerry Goffin -- for the second time (she had already interpreted it on 1980's Pearls album) is unnecessary, but the solo piano backing illustrates the song's timeless qualities and fits nicely into this disc's overall flow. Certainly her classiest and most consistent collection since the late '70s, Love Makes the World proves that with a songwriter as accomplished as Carole King, less remains more. [Rockingale released a two-disc deluxe edition in 2007.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2007
Label:
Rockingale Records
UPC:
0807411200728
catalogNumber:
2007
Rank:
46707

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole King   Primary Artist
Paul Brady   Piano,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Celine Dion   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Burr   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
Rev. Dave Boruff   Saxophone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Brian Dembow   Viola
Nathan East   Bass
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Endre Granat   Violin
Rudy Guess   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Jackson   Electric Guitar
Miran Kojian   Violin
Russ Kunkel   Drums
k.d. lang   Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Barbara Northcutt   Oboe
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Shostac   Flute
Steven Tyler   Background Vocals
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Piano
John Walz   Cello
Duke Mushroom   Percussion
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Randy Walman   Keyboards
Hershberger   Violin
Dane Woods   Background Vocals
Dave Walther   Viola
James Thatcher   French Horn

Technical Credits

Paul Brady   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Carole King   Composer
Graham Nash   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer,Executive Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Alejandro Lerner   Composer
Gary Burr   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Bobby Arnold   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Simon Franglen   Programming
Humberto Gatica   Producer,Engineer
Rudy Guess   Engineer,Video Editor
Mark Hudson   Composer
Rob Hyman   Composer
Lester Mendez   Programming
Kenny O'Brien   Vocal Editing
Alex Rodriguez   Engineer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Arranger,Programming
Greg Wells   Composer
Sean Fullan   Video Editor
Chris Bellman   Mastering
Dave Schommer   Composer,Programming
Chris Brooke   Engineer
Toni Stern   Composer
Randy Walman   Programming
Rich Wayland   Composer
Michael McCoy   Engineer,drum programming
Pop Rox   Producer
Pablo Munguia   Digital Editing
Steven Kadison   Mastering
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Lorna Guess   Video Producer
Sam Hollander   Composer

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