Music

Music

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by Carole King
     
 

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After years as one of the most prolific and successful songwriters in pop music, Carole King emerged in the '70s with Tapestry, an album that catapulted her to the forefront of the singer/songwriter movement. While she had mined her back catalog for that album, she relied more heavily on songs written with new collaborator Toni Stern

Overview

After years as one of the most prolific and successful songwriters in pop music, Carole King emerged in the '70s with Tapestry, an album that catapulted her to the forefront of the singer/songwriter movement. While she had mined her back catalog for that album, she relied more heavily on songs written with new collaborator Toni Stern for Music. Coming out on the heels of the classic Tapestry, it's hard not to feel like this album was a bit of a letdown. However, time has shown this album to be one of her finest. While these songs lyrically lack the simplistic beauty of Gerry Goffin-penned tunes, the melodies are very strong and Carole King adds some nice texture to her piano-based tunes with the tasteful percussion of Bobbye Hall. When King goes for grand statements, however, it doesn't always work. Her call for peace and brotherhood works on songs like the opening track, "Brother, Brother," but her voice is not strong enough and does not convey enough emotion to prevent uplifting tunes like "Carry Your Load" from sounding a bit hollow and preachy. But her songwriting is still in peak form, and there are many highlights including "It's Gonna Take Some Time" (also made into a hit by the Carpenters) and "Song of Long Ago" (with backing vocals by James Taylor).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/1991
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074643494922
catalogNumber:
34949

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole King   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Curtis Amy   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Buddy Collette   Flute,Saxophone,Wind,Woodwind
Plas Johnson   Flute,Saxophone,Wind,Woodwind
David T. Walker   Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Tambourine
Mike Altschul   Flute,Saxophone,Wind,Woodwind
Oscar Brashear   Flugelhorn,Wind
Tessie Calderone   Percussion
Merry Clayton   Vocals,Background Vocals
William Green   Flute,Saxophone,Wind,Woodwind
Abigale Haness   Vocals,Background Vocals
Danny Kortchmar   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Charles Larkey   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Ralph Schuckett   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ernie Watts   Wind,Woodwind
Joel O'Brien   Drums
Theresa Colderon   Conga

Technical Credits

Lou Adler   Producer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Norm Kinney   Engineer
Roland Young   Art Direction

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Music 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Carole King's Music album is in every way the equal of her Tapestry album even though it did not sell as well as that previous album. In fact, the three album series of Tapestry, Music, and her next album Rhymes & Reasons, played one after the other makes one of the finest experiences in (Country) Rock history. Carole King obviously belongs in that pantheon of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 1970's.
TNLIBRARIAN More than 1 year ago
Though not as well known as King's Tapestry album, this album is still worth listening to. None of the songs on this album ever became a major hit, but they are still enjoyable. The most recognizable selection will probably be "It's Going to Take Some Time," which was a hit for the Carpenters. If you liked Tapestry, you will also enjoy this selection of songs, most cowritten by King.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago