Musicby Carole King
After years as one of the most prolific and successful songwriters in pop music, Carole King emerged in the '70s with Tapestry, an album that catapulted her to the forefront of the singer/songwriter movement. While she had mined her back catalog for that album, she relied more heavily on songs written with new collaborator Toni Stern for Music. Coming out on the heels of the classic Tapestry, it's hard not to feel like this album was a bit of a letdown. However, time has shown this album to be one of her finest. While these songs lyrically lack the simplistic beauty of Gerry Goffin-penned tunes, the melodies are very strong and Carole King adds some nice texture to her piano-based tunes with the tasteful percussion of Bobbye Hall. When King goes for grand statements, however, it doesn't always work. Her call for peace and brotherhood works on songs like the opening track, "Brother, Brother," but her voice is not strong enough and does not convey enough emotion to prevent uplifting tunes like "Carry Your Load" from sounding a bit hollow and preachy. But her songwriting is still in peak form, and there are many highlights including "It's Gonna Take Some Time" (also made into a hit by the Carpenters) and "Song of Long Ago" (with backing vocals by James Taylor).
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Performance CreditsCarole King Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Taylor Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Curtis Amy Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Buddy Collette Flute,Saxophone,Wind,Woodwind
Plas Johnson Flute,Saxophone,Wind,Woodwind
David T. Walker Guitar
Bobbye Hall Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Tambourine
Mike Altschul Flute,Saxophone,Wind,Woodwind
Oscar Brashear Flugelhorn,Wind
Tessie Calderone Percussion
Merry Clayton Vocals,Background Vocals
William Green Flute,Saxophone,Wind,Woodwind
Abigale Haness Vocals,Background Vocals
Danny Kortchmar Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel Drums
Charles Larkey Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Ralph Schuckett Organ,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ernie Watts Wind,Woodwind
Joel O'Brien Drums
Theresa Colderon Conga
Technical CreditsLou Adler Producer
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Norm Kinney Engineer
Roland Young Art Direction
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Though not as well known as King's Tapestry album, this album is still worth listening to. None of the songs on this album ever became a major hit, but they are still enjoyable. The most recognizable selection will probably be "It's Going to Take Some Time," which was a hit for the Carpenters. If you liked Tapestry, you will also enjoy this selection of songs, most cowritten by King.
Carole King's Music album is in every way the equal of her Tapestry album even though it did not sell as well as that previous album. In fact, the three album series of Tapestry, Music, and her next album Rhymes & Reasons, played one after the other makes one of the finest experiences in (Country) Rock history. Carole King obviously belongs in that pantheon of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 1970's.