Tapestry

Tapestry

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by Carole King
     
 

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"Very personal, very accessible statements, built from the ground up with a simple, elegant architecture," says James Taylor of the songs Carole King wrote for this multimillion selling album which charted for more than half a decade in the '70s. Taylor (who played guitar on "Way Over Yonder," "I Feel the Earth Move," and several otherSee more details below

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"Very personal, very accessible statements, built from the ground up with a simple, elegant architecture," says James Taylor of the songs Carole King wrote for this multimillion selling album which charted for more than half a decade in the '70s. Taylor (who played guitar on "Way Over Yonder," "I Feel the Earth Move," and several other cuts) knows what he's talking about. Though you might think that tunes such as "A Natural Woman," "You've Got a Friend," and "Where You Lead" have been worn thin by time and uninspired covers by every lounge singer in the world, heard in the voice of the original songwriter, they still sound astonishingly fresh. The album was remastered from the original recordings by the original producer, Lou Adler, and there are two bonus tracks: "Out in the Cold," a previously unreleased cut from the original sessions, and a live version of "Smackwater Jack."

Editorial Reviews

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 songs like "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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646585023
catalogNumber:
65850
Rank:
59

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole King   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joni Mitchell   Background Vocals
James Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Curtis Amy   Bass,Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wind,String Quartet
Terry King   Cello,Tenor Saxophone,String Quartet
David Campbell   Cello,Viola,String Quartet
Merry Clayton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Conga,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Charles Larkey   Bass,Electric Bass,String Bass,String Quartet
Mitchell   Background Vocals
Joel O'Brian   Drums
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Ralph Schuckett   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Joel O'Brien   Drums
Steve Barzyk   Drums
Barry Socher   Violin,Tenor Saxophone,Viola,String Quartet
Perry Steinberg   Bass,Violin,Tenor Saxophone,String Bass,String Quartet
Julia Tillman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Taylor Boy And Girl Choir   Background Vocals
Danny Kootch   Acoustic Guitar,Conga,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer,Engineer
James Taylor   Liner Notes
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Lou Adler   Producer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Bob Irwin   Engineer
Roland Young   Art Direction
Vic Anesini   Engineer
Toni Stern   Composer
Michael Pultand   Contributor

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