by Carole King


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Even in 1973, Carole King's landmark Tapestry album was still high on the charts. Fantasy was the first album to break the immediately recognizable, cozy sound set by Writer and made definitive by Tapestry. In the place of the warm, spare tones was a polished, soulful production. In many respects this album coasts on groove more than anything else. Sometimes it does work. "You've Been Around Too Long" comes off as subtle and accomplished, especially with David T. Walker's great guitar work. "Being at War with Each Other" pretty much covers well-worn ground. Those looking for Tapestry, Pt. 2 or 3 would come up empty, but the core of Fantasy does deliver on its idiosyncratic promise. "Corazón" has Latin intonations and King certainly doesn't embarrass herself. The album's best song by a long shot is "Believe in Humanity." On that track in particular all of the elements coalesce and might make listeners wish they took the harder sound and well-meaning messages even further, even for the hell of it. Some of the other tracks, most notably "Haywood," proves that although King knows the ins and outs of human nature, a story song isn't her forte. While the virtues of Music and Rhymes & Reasons tend to blur for some, Fantasy stands out as a risky and sometimes fulfilling effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/1991
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643496223
catalogNumber: 34962

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole King   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Curtis Amy   Saxophone,Wind
Tom Scott   Saxophone
David T. Walker   Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Aarons   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mike Altschul   Saxophone,Wind
George Bohannon   Trombone,Euphonium
Denyse Buffum   Viola
David Campbell   Viola
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Eddie Kendricks   Vocals
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Vocals
Charles Larkey   Bass,Electric Bass,String Bass
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Robert Lipsett   Violin
Charles Loper   Trombone
Gordon Marron Strings   Violin
Harvey Mason   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vibes
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Judith Perett   Cello
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Polly Sweeney   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Ernie Watts   Saxophone,Wind
Ken Yerke   Violin
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Barry Socher   Violin
Susan Ranney   String Bass
Jeffrey Solow   Cello
Glenn Dicterow   Violin
Alan de Veritch   Viola

Technical Credits

Carole King   Arranger
Lou Adler   Producer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Steve Mitchell   Engineer
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Drew Struzan   Artwork

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Fantasy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This is one of Carole King's best albums. There's not as many radio hits on this one but it is very satisfying album about life in the modern world (via 1973), In many ways it is the gentle flip side of Curtis Mayfield's Superfly (in concept rather than style).