18 Songs, 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Carole King had worked as a Brill Building songwriter with partner Gerry Goffin before embarking on her own solo career during the singer-songwriter era of the early ‘70s. King’s second solo album, Tapestry, became one of the best-selling albums of all time and songs such as “I Feel The Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late” and “You’ve Got a Friend” became a part of the international music vocabulary. While many of her songs became better known by other artists — who doesn’t think of James Taylor when it comes to “Friend” or the Shirelles with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” — King had the vocal and performance chops to stand on her own. Her introverted way made her an unlikely star, but her talent could not be denied. This collection includes “Child of Mine” from her first solo album, Writer, and select tracks from her solo work leading up to her more recent collaborations in 2001 with Babyface (“You Can Do Anything”) and Céline Dion (“The Reason”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Carole King had worked as a Brill Building songwriter with partner Gerry Goffin before embarking on her own solo career during the singer-songwriter era of the early ‘70s. King’s second solo album, Tapestry, became one of the best-selling albums of all time and songs such as “I Feel The Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late” and “You’ve Got a Friend” became a part of the international music vocabulary. While many of her songs became better known by other artists — who doesn’t think of James Taylor when it comes to “Friend” or the Shirelles with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” — King had the vocal and performance chops to stand on her own. Her introverted way made her an unlikely star, but her talent could not be denied. This collection includes “Child of Mine” from her first solo album, Writer, and select tracks from her solo work leading up to her more recent collaborations in 2001 with Babyface (“You Can Do Anything”) and Céline Dion (“The Reason”).

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1 2:23
4:03
2:58
3:55
3:53
5:08
3:15
3:37
3:56
3:45
3:37
3:32
13 7:34
1:50
5:38
16 3:56
17 4:37
18 3:13

About Carole King

Carole King examined 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.

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

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