The Essential Carole King

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Unlike many previous Carole King collections, Sony/Legacy's 2010 set The Essential Carole King doesn't concentrate solely on her hits as a performer: it also has a second disc of songs she wrote for other artists, the songs that established her reputation as one of the great songwriters of her time. Despite the broad scope of Essential, it's inevitable that some classics are missing -- naturally more on the second Songwriter disc, which offers merely a sampling of the many great songs she penned, whereas all her big hits ("I Feel the Earth Move," "So Far Away," "It's Too Late," "You've Got a Friend," "Jazzman") save the inexplicably missing "Smackwater Jack" are...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Unlike many previous Carole King collections, Sony/Legacy's 2010 set The Essential Carole King doesn't concentrate solely on her hits as a performer: it also has a second disc of songs she wrote for other artists, the songs that established her reputation as one of the great songwriters of her time. Despite the broad scope of Essential, it's inevitable that some classics are missing -- naturally more on the second Songwriter disc, which offers merely a sampling of the many great songs she penned, whereas all her big hits ("I Feel the Earth Move," "So Far Away," "It's Too Late," "You've Got a Friend," "Jazzman") save the inexplicably missing "Smackwater Jack" are on the first -- but this does contain the lion's share of her major songs as both a singer and songwriter, making it the best overview of her work released to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886976825720
  • Catalog Number: 768257
  • Sales rank: 2,555

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Might As Well Rain Until September (2:25)
  2. 2 Child of Mine (4:03)
  3. 3 I Feel the Earth Move (2:59)
  4. 4 So Far Away (3:57)
  5. 5 It's Too Late (3:54)
  6. 6 You've Got a Friend (5:10)
  7. 7 Sweet Seasons (3:17)
  8. 8 Been to Canaan (3:40)
  9. 9 Corazón (3:59)
  10. 10 Jazzman (3:47)
  11. 11 Nightingale (3:38)
  12. 12 Only Love Is Real (3:34)
  13. 13 Will You Love Me Tomorrow/Some Kind of Wonderful/Up on the Roof (7:37)
  14. 14 Really Rosie (1:52)
  15. 15 Pierre - James Taylor (5:40)
  16. 16 You Can Do Anything (3:59)
  17. 17 The Reason (4:39)
  18. 18 Now and Forever (3:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles (2:43)
  2. 2 Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee (2:40)
  3. 3 Every Breath I Take - Gene Pitney (2:45)
  4. 4 Crying In the Rain - The Everly Brothers (1:59)
  5. 5 The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (2:27)
  6. 6 Up On the Roof - The Drifters (2:38)
  7. 7 Chains - The Cookies (2:32)
  8. 8 One Fine Day - The Chiffons (2:09)
  9. 9 Oh No Not My Baby - The Chiffons (2:37)
  10. 10 Just Once in My Life - The Righteous Brothers (3:57)
  11. 11 Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Righteous Brothers (3:08)
  12. 12 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - The Monkees (2:44)
  13. 13 No Easy Way Down - Dusty Springfield (3:11)
  14. 14 Wasn't Born to Follow - Dusty Springfield (2:04)
  15. 15 Hey Girl - Billy Joel (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carole King Primary Artist
Garry Sherman Conductor
Luther Dixon Conductor
Technical Credits
Babyface Composer, Producer, Recording Producer
Carole King Arranger, Composer, Producer, Recording Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer, Producer, Recording Producer
Jerry Leiber Recording Producer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Phil Spector Composer, Producer, Recording Producer
Maurice Sendak Composer
Lou Adler Producer, Recording Producer
Peter Asher Producer, Recording Producer
Don DeVito Producer, Recording Producer
Tom Dowd Producer, Recording Producer
John Fischbach Producer, Recording Producer
Humberto Gatica Producer, Recording Producer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Rudy Guess Producer, Recording Producer
Mark Hudson Composer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Harvey Robert Kubernik Liner Notes
Arif Mardin Producer, Recording Producer
Andrew Loog Oldham Liner Notes
Garry Sherman Arranger
Mike Stoller Recording Producer
Gary Usher Producer, Recording Producer
Greg Wells Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer, Recording Producer
Stan Green Producer, Recording Producer
Douglas Farthing Hatlelid Producer, Recording Producer
Luther Dixon Producer, Recording Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Toni Stern Composer
Iris Maenza Marketing
Snuff Garrett Producer, Recording Producer
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