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Album Review

Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 is 17-song set recorded just as Tapestry was topping the charts and making Carole King a superstar. Featuring most of Tapestry and a few songs from Writer and Music this is, in a sense, Carole King unplugged (although that terminology was not yet in use). King performs the first half-dozen songs alone at the piano; bassist Charles Larkey, guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, and a string quartet back her (in varying combinations) throughout the rest of the program. Tapestry wasn't exactly a high-wattage affair to begin with, so these rearrangements aren't radical, but they're different enough from the studio versions to merit attention by serious King fans. James Taylor, then at the peak of his own popularity, joins King on vocals for a medley of some of her old Brill Building hits, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"/"Some Kind of Wonderful"/"Up on the Roof."

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AWESOME

One of the best live albums I've heard in a long tie

A Live Recording At Just The Right Time

I had the pleasure of seeing Carole King play a solo set before James Taylor's March '71 concert at Madison Square Garden, and then sit in on piano during JT's set. So I got an advance listen to what would become, in just a couple of months, Carole's Carnegie Hall concert. I wasn't there for that one, but this long-hoped-for CD has everything you'd want. It captures the time and the spirit beautifully. You can hear the nervousness in Carole's voice as she talks about being a New Yorker and comin' home before launching in to "Home Again." I know I can feel the heartache and sadness and hope when she sings "Eventually," which I think is one of the lost gems of the generation. And the addition of the string quartet for that song and a couple of others is sublime. Speaking of sublime, when she says she'll be right back...and you hear the gasps and squeals and cheers when she brings JT on stage and simply says "Surprise!" -- well, it gives me shivers just writing about it. Yes, the live concert repeats a lot of material from "Tapestry," but you won't be disappointed.

American Treasure.

A great soundtrack to a concert Ms. King did just as Tapestry was breaking and James Taylor was on the top of the charts with her song "You've Got a Friend". It's the perfect companion piece to "Writer", "Tapestry" and the soon to come "Music". According to legend, Ms. King never wanted to be on stage performing her songs, but was coerced/tricked/convinced by Mr. Taylor that she should come out from the back of his stage show and perform herself. One would never know from this recording. Sincere, acoustic and honest, if you loved Tapestry, you will love this. Great sound, banter and song selection, including "After All These Years", written in the Tapestry period but only released by Merry Clayton…except for this recording. Classics like "No Easy Way Down" covered by many including the always wonderful Dusty Springfield, and "Child of Mine", but don't miss the truly heartfelt and powerful "Way Over Yonder" which may eclipse the Tap version. WONDERFUL album. You need it. An American treasure.

Biography

Born: February 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While the landmark Tapestry album earned her superstar status, singer/songwriter Carole King had already firmly established herself as one of pop music's most gifted and successful composers, with work recorded by everyone from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin. Born Carole Klein on February 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, she began playing piano at the age of four, and formed her first band, the vocal quartet the Co-Sines, while in high school. A devotee of the composing team of Jerry Lieber and Mike...
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