Tapestry [Legacy Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the landmarks fueling the singer-songwriter era in the early '70s, Carole King's Tapestry remains what it always has been: a wondrous exhibit of impeccably tailored songs, subtle arrangements that left King's earthy voice and churchy piano out front, and plainspoken, commanding vocals reliant for power not on bombast or virtuoso octave leaps, but rather on their heart-to-heart, conversational tone. This reissue adds nothing musical to the original album-no bonus tracks or alternative versions, only a remastered, sonically righteous edition of the 1971 masterpiece. The adventure is in hearing the old songs anew, with new years and considerable musical history under...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the landmarks fueling the singer-songwriter era in the early '70s, Carole King's Tapestry remains what it always has been: a wondrous exhibit of impeccably tailored songs, subtle arrangements that left King's earthy voice and churchy piano out front, and plainspoken, commanding vocals reliant for power not on bombast or virtuoso octave leaps, but rather on their heart-to-heart, conversational tone. This reissue adds nothing musical to the original album-no bonus tracks or alternative versions, only a remastered, sonically righteous edition of the 1971 masterpiece. The adventure is in hearing the old songs anew, with new years and considerable musical history under the bridge. "I Feel the Earth Move" is still a perfect, rocking album opener, as fresh as ever, but more introspective moments, such as the hymn-like confession of naked yearning, "Home Again," and another midtempo discourse on romantic dislocation, "So Far Away," seem ever more piercing in expressing timeless longings for the simple comforts of home and a loving heart abiding therein. It's also nice to hear "You've Got a Friend" in its stately, captivating, original incarnation, with a discreet string section rising about halfway through to underscore the sincerity of King's benevolent commitment, as opposed to the ensuing horrors inflicted on the song by innumerable witless pop and cabaret singers. The passing of time has also given the personal intimacies of the title song a deeper resonance, to the point where it now stands as, arguably, the most meaningful moment on the album. In the context of reassessment, King's covers of mega-hits she wrote for others -- "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" -- are even more impressive for their bold, forthright female viewpoints. Disc two is a live version of the studio album, performed in sequence, with King accompanied only by her church-steeped piano stylings and emotionally charged vocals, seamlessly assembled from concerts recorded in 1973 and 1976. Her live vocals have an appealing ragged edge (King sounds a bit hoarse at times, actually), which works to her advantage in making the songs' lyrical depth all the more riveting -- a remarkable performance of an album a generation embraced as one of its defining statements. King's producer, the great Lou Adler, enhances the package immeasurably by contributing track-by-track anecdotes recounting the history of the songs and the sessions.
All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Carole King brought the fledgling singer/songwriter phenomenon to the masses with Tapestry, one of the most successful albums in pop music history. A remarkably expressive and intimate record, it's a work of consummate craftsmanship. Always a superior pop composer, King reaches even greater heights as a performer; new songs like the hits "It's Too Late" and "I Feel the Earth Move" rank solidly with past glories, while chestnuts like "You've Got a Friend," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" take on added resonance when delivered in her own warm, compelling voice. With its reliance on pianos and gentle drumming, Tapestry is a light and airy work on its surface, occasionally skirting the boundaries of jazz, but it's also an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later. [Sony issued a special Legacy Edition in 2008.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886971145526
  • Catalog Number: 711455
  • Sales rank: 3,402

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carole King Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
James Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Curtis Amy Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Terry King Cello, String Quartet
David Campbell Viola, String Quartet
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel Drums
Charles Larkey Electric Bass, String Bass
Ralph Schuckett Electric Piano
Joel O'Brien Drums
Barry Socher Violin, String Quartet
Perry Steinberg String Bass, String Quartet
Danny Kootch Conga, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Lou Adler Producer, Author
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Harvey Robert Kubernik Liner Notes
Jerry Wexler Composer
Roland Young Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
David Gorman Reissue Design
Toni Stern Composer
Gretchen Brennison Packaging Manager
Brian Klotz Reissue Design
Arthur Nakata Reissue Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Queen is back!

    What great memories this album evokes. You've Got a Friend, I Feel The Earth Move, all of the songs are classics. Welcome back, Carole!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this album

    These songs bring back memories of a wonderful childhood. Going away to sleepaway camp, we used to sing, "You've got a friend" every night before bed.

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