Tapestry [Legacy Edition]

Tapestry [Legacy Edition]

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by Carole King
     
 

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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

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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.

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Release Date:
04/22/2008
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886971145526
catalogNumber:
711455

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Tapestry 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Albums don't come any more classic than this one. I can only assume that if your considering getting this album (by reading the reviews) that your young and curious about the music of the seventies. This album helped define the music of the 1970's and was a top seller for more than 25 years. To know 70's music, you have to hear this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember the first time I listened to Carol King, on an 8-track tape. Her songs are timeless. I was pleased to see that Tapestry is available here at Barnes and Noble, my favorite place to shop for books and music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carole King knows how to write them & sing them with a gutsy down to earth sound. In any age, time or millenium she is the best. I will never grow tired of this CD and I have been listening to it ever since it was first released in the early 70's. My children, they are all grown now, know every word of every song and delight in it as I do. This is superior listening. Buy it, you'll like it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my Christmas gift from my kids back in the '70's, I believe the year of my divorce. Then as a newly divorced and single mom, I could relate the variety of songs to various stages of my life for years already past and then years to come. Some songs made me sad and others made me bounce and sing with joy. I must have this in my life again so that my grandchildren can hear my favorite album and hear the story about how their parents bought it for me! Thank you for having it available.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
AS A YOUNG TEENAGER I PRACTICED THIS ALBUM DAY IN AND DAY OUT.. TILL THIS DAY AT ALMOST FORTY ONE I STILL TREASURE THE MEMORIES AND HER MUSIC THANKS CAROL FOR SUCH WONDERFUL MUSIC AND THE GREAT MEMORIES THAT FILLED MY LIFE FOR MUSIC THAT NEVEER GETS OLD...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic. For music to suite your every need, you have to have this one in your collection
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tapestry was given to me when I was 12 years old. It has been and remains to this day my favorite album. King goes to that place in your heart and stays forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
carole king is such a super songwriter, and every song on this masterpiece proves it. she never really got the credit she richly deserved as a singer, but her voice is so unique, that the classics she wrote can best be sung by only herself. this album is timeless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the essential Carole King album to own and a must to share with those who have yet to experience the soul of this song writing Diva. Home Again: ...'snow is cold, rain is wet, chills my soul right to the marrow'...
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Gosh, I had listened to Carole King when I was A teen and I just love her music, she has a style that will not go out of style!
KJAM More than 1 year ago
I grew up listening to this. it is in my soul, thanks to my mom!!! If you haven't experienced this...put it on your bucket list. You have got to hear this one before you go! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't fault the music on this classic album, but I was hard pressed to hear any sonic improvement for it being "remastered". It still sounded like it was recorded many decades ago, with a real lack of transparency in the upper octaves. Buy this if you don't have it in your music collection, but don't expect sonic improvements because of remastering.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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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sandraf More than 1 year ago
Found this album took me way back. My daughter and I sang time all in the car.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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