36 Songs, 2 Hours 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In addition to being one of the best examples of old school “mom rock,” this essential Carole King compilation percolates with the warm familiarity of so many classic hits you may find yourself thinking, “This is a Carole King song too?” Culled from her eight year tenure on Ode Records, this double disc set runs 36 tracks deep into her solo songs as well as historical collaborations. The Ode Collection opens with the soulful stroll of “Hi-De-Ho” and ends with a flawlessly performed live take of “You’ve Got A Friend.” If you’re wondering why King’s ‘71 sophomore album Tapestry is included here in its entirety, it’s because every single song on Tapestry is unarguably great. Generation X-ers who grew up with macramé crafting moms are sure to remember “Really Rosie,” from King’s earthy toned ‘75 animated musical T.V. special by the same name. The jovial “Alligators All Around” is also from Really Rosie and along with various vintage episodes of Sesame Street, it still stands up today as an awesome way to teach small children that the alphabet can be a funky thing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In addition to being one of the best examples of old school “mom rock,” this essential Carole King compilation percolates with the warm familiarity of so many classic hits you may find yourself thinking, “This is a Carole King song too?” Culled from her eight year tenure on Ode Records, this double disc set runs 36 tracks deep into her solo songs as well as historical collaborations. The Ode Collection opens with the soulful stroll of “Hi-De-Ho” and ends with a flawlessly performed live take of “You’ve Got A Friend.” If you’re wondering why King’s ‘71 sophomore album Tapestry is included here in its entirety, it’s because every single song on Tapestry is unarguably great. Generation X-ers who grew up with macramé crafting moms are sure to remember “Really Rosie,” from King’s earthy toned ‘75 animated musical T.V. special by the same name. The jovial “Alligators All Around” is also from Really Rosie and along with various vintage episodes of Sesame Street, it still stands up today as an awesome way to teach small children that the alphabet can be a funky thing.

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About Carole King

Carole King examines the complicated realities of love with a tenderness and swagger rare among her more plaintive ’70s folk-rock peers. In the early ’60s, alongside folks like Neil Diamond and her then-husband Gerry Goffin, King was an endlessly versatile Brill Building songwriter. There, she elevated girl-group anthems like The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” beyond mere bubblegum, tapped into gospel’s volcanic power alongside a young Aretha Franklin, and embraced wistful psychedelia, cowriting the Monkees smash “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” Then declaring her independence with a mix of vulnerable rock and visceral soul, the native New Yorker defined and deepened the singer/songwriter era’s emotional intimacy with albums like her 1971 solo breakthrough, Tapestry. She also wrote the template for transitioning from a behind-the-scenes songwriter into a full-fledged star. Whether pairing her pained explorations of fraying romance with the seductive longing of classic R&B balladry ("It's Too Late") or strutting like a blues singer as she celebrated the life-changing power of lust ("I Feel the Earth Move"), King shaped multiple generations of confessional singers as wildly distinctive as Tori Amos, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, and Adele.

HOMETOWN
New York, NY [Brooklyn]
GENRE
Pop
BORN
February 9, 1942

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