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Living Room Tour

The Living Room Tour

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by Carole King

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In 2004, Carole King transformed the intimacy of a house concert into the Living Room Tour: She decorated a theater stage with some homey furniture and a piano, left some room for guests, and then sang selections from her 40-plus-year career. The two-CD The Living Room Tour documents the show, and it's an intimate, good-natured, memory-filled experience. "I'm


In 2004, Carole King transformed the intimacy of a house concert into the Living Room Tour: She decorated a theater stage with some homey furniture and a piano, left some room for guests, and then sang selections from her 40-plus-year career. The two-CD The Living Room Tour documents the show, and it's an intimate, good-natured, memory-filled experience. "I'm 62 and there's so many I'd like to do, old and new," King sings in the opening ditty, "Welcome to My Living Room," and then proceeds to prove just how deeply her songs are woven into the, uh, tapestry of our culture. She reaches way back for a medley of early-'60s Brill Building hits she wrote with Gerry Goffin -- including "One Fine Day," "I'm into Something Good," and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" -- and performs classics that were hits for other artists ("Pleasant Valley Sunday," "The Locomotion"), but she focuses on a generous sampling from Tapestry and the rest of her solo career. Most songs feature King alone at the piano, in strong voice, with that characteristic raspy emotional edge; her daughter Louise Goffin joins her for "Where You Lead I Will Follow" (theme song for the WB's Gilmore Girls); some other songs, such as "Smackwater Jack," are done with guitars and harmonies from Gary Burr and Rudy Guess (and several songs become audience sing-alongs, irresistibly). The Living Room Tour is an ample reminder that King is one of the world's greatest songwriters.

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Carole King has co-written more great songs than almost anyone. On her Living Room Tour of 2004 she ran through some of her favorites, old and new, in a very intimate manner with just her piano or acoustic guitar for accompaniment. (She was also joined by guitarists Rudy Guess and Gary Burr on acoustic guitar and occasional bass and vocals.) The double-disc set The Living Room Tour documents some highlights from various shows and works well as a career retrospective as it touches on both the songs she wrote for others and those she performed herself. There are plenty of songs from Tapestry and her early-'70s albums (including the reworked "Where You Lead I Will Follow," which features her daughter Louise Goffin on vocals), songs from soundtracks ("Lay Down My Life" from the little-seen After Dark, My Sweet, "Now and Forever" from A League of Their Own), and a couple of new compositions (the cute "Welcome to My Living Room" and "Loving You Forever"), too. King was always an idiosyncratic vocalist and she sounds a little ragged around the edges here, more gritty and lived-in than you might remember but certainly not worn out. In fact, the grit adds some emotion and strength to her voice. It definitely adds a new dimension to the versions of songs she and Gerry Goffin wrote way back in the early and mid-'60s like "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Chains." Her relaxed takes on these classics are highly entertaining; King sounds like she is having a blast and the audience responds in kind. The medley she does of "Take Good Care of My Baby"/"It Might As Well Rain Until September"/"Go Away Little Girl"/"I'm into Something Good"/"Hey Girl"/"One Fine Day"/"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" is great fun and highly educational -- no, amazing might be a better word. Knowing that those songs only touch the tip of the iceberg as far as classic Goffin/King tunes goes is mind-blowing. Fans of Carole King will be as happy as the audiences at the shows (who quite often join in with King on the choruses of the more familiar tunes) to own this charming collection.

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Rockingale Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Louise Goffin   Vocals
Gary Burr   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rudy Guess   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sherry Goffin Kondor   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Gary Burr   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Rudy Guess   Producer,Audio Production
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Caroline Greyshock   Cover Photo
Dave Schommer   Composer
Toni Stern   Composer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Gina Monteleone   Logo Design
Christian Walsh   Engineer,House Sound

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The Living Room Tour 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At 62, she's still unbelieveable! I keep playing this CD over and over again like I did when I was a kid. I abolsutely love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you attended the concert, then you know what you are getting on the CD. From some of her more recent to her more memorable standards, this is a trip worth revisiting. Her voice, wit and energies have all matured --- in a nice way. With her words and music, Carole King will continue to reach people of all ages, now and forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carole King’s new double-CD chronicle of her hugely successful 2004 Living Room Tour finds the singer-songwriter at the top of her performing game. This woman blows the whole fourth wall concept to smithereens: you feel like you are actually listening to this treasured performer in a living room. From the whimsical opening number, “Welcome to My Living Room”—in which she warns the audience that she might forget some her lyrics since “I’m 62”—you can sense that something once in a lifetime is about to take place. She takes chances throughout the show, some of which, are captured here on record, for example, when she reaches for a high note that is out of reach, or as you can hear her tired breaths during the very emotional rendering of “Lay Down My Life” –one of the best songs she’s written since the 70s, but, that’s all part of the charm. My biggest thrill listening to the album is hearing how Carole makes her piano take on the role of other instruments. On “Peace in the Valley”—recorded in ’72 and revered by fans like me for its subtle back and forth interplay/arrangement of piano vs. percussion (Ms. Bobbye Hall), she manages to suggest the interplay of both piano and congas. How could “Jazzman” work without Tom Scott’s sax solo from the 1974 #1 hit single – no need to worry – Carole’s scatting takes the place of the horns. Hard to describe: you’ll just have to listen. How could Carole perform “Being at War With Each Other” solo – the 1973 recording is literally a swirling symphony suite of strings – well, once again, you won’t even notice that she’s not being backed by an orchestra – her piano playing and vocals are so versatile that she can intimate just about any instrument. Of course, she does get strong musical support from her long-time musical director Rudy Guess (who co-produced this album), and co-writer/guitarist Gary Burr. To their credit, they give “Smackwater Jack” new life and Carole has an easier time of conjuring the Monkees on “Pleasant Valley Sunday” thanks to their backup. Gary Burr duets beautifully with her on “Loving You Forever”—a simply stated, but, heartily delivered country-tinged love song. And regardless of how many times, you’ve heard “It’s Too Late,” “Natural Woman.” Or “You’ve Got a Friend”—you haven’t really heard them, until you’ve heard them on this album... how anyone could make you feel like you’re hearing the ’67 classic “Natural Woman” for the first time, is what old fans have always known as the magic of Carole King.