Carole King – Tapestry

Artist:Carole King
Title: Tapestry
Released: 1971
Genre: Singer-Songwriter
Label:Ode Records (A&M)
Musicians:Carole King – piano, keyboards, vocals, background vocals
Additional musicians, Curtis Amy – flute; baritone, soprano, and tenor saxophone; string quartet, Tim Powers – drums, David Campbell – cello, viola, Merry Clayton – background vocals, Terry King – cello, tenor saxophone, string quartet
Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar – acoustic guitar, conga, electric guitar, vocals
Russ Kunkel – drums, Charles “Charlie” Larkey – bass guitar, string bass, string quartet
Joni Mitchell – background vocals, Joel O’Brien – drums, Ralph Schuckett – electric piano, Barry Socher – violin, tenor saxophone, viola, string quartet, Perry Steinberg – bass guitar, violin, tenor saxophone, string bass, James Taylor – acoustic guitar, backing vocals, Julia Tillman – background vocals
Producer:Lou Adler
Engineer:Hank Cicalo
Mastering Engineer: Vic Anesini

Carole King is an American composer and singer-songwriter.
King’s career began in the 1960s when she, along with her then husband Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards.  She has continued writing for other artists since then. King’s success as a performer in her own right did not come until the 1970s, when she sang her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano, in a series of albums and concerts. After experiencing commercial disappointment with her debut album Writer, King scored her breakthrough with the album Tapestry.

King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years.
She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored. She is also a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree. You can read more at the link below:
Official website:

This album was well recorded and mixed. She was not known as a vocalist until James Taylor encouraged her to perform her songs herself and some of her songs sound best when she performs them, rather than others.
There are also some solid musicians on this LP and some special guests you may recognize: Joni Mitchell, whom sings background vocals on “Will you love me tomorrow” (credited as “The Mitchell”) and of course James Taylor who plays throughout the LP.

Side 1:
I Feel The Earth Move: The LP starts out with my favorite. I even liked this song when I was a child. Of course you will likely recognize this as a big hit for her. In fact, she must play it every concert or fans become indignant. A showcase for King’s upbeat piano style, “I Feel the Earth Move” has lyrics with the same percussive feel.Given its upbeat nature, Ode Records selected “I Feel the Earth Move” as the A-side to Tapestry’s first single. It achieved airplay, but then disc jockeys and listeners began to prefer the slower, lamenting B-side “It’s Too Late”. Both sides received airplay for a while, but eventually “It’s Too Late” dominated, which explains why I am kind of sick of “It’s Too Late”.
So Far Away: We move to a slower tempo with this song, but it’s another good one, great lyrics and there is an interesting bass line towards the end.The lyrics express longing for a lover who is far away.
It’s Too Late: This was another hit. Personally, I think it’s a great song, but I have heard it far too many times.Toni Stern wrote the lyrics and King wrote the music. The lyrics describe the end of a loving relationship without assigning blame. The sadness of the song is emphasized by the music being in a minor key. Toni Stern, the lyric writer of the song had a love affair with James Taylor, this song is the result of their break up.
Home Again: This one is not my favorite either. The lyrics are good, but I don’t feel this was suited for her vocals and it’s a very standard type song.
Beautiful: This one may not be one of my favorites, but it’s a solid song with great lyrics
Way Over Yonder: Another one I don’t care for, but it is a solid song done in gospel style.

Side 2:
You’ve Got A Friend: This is the one James Taylor made a big hit with and  in my opinion, his version is better. According to Taylor, King told him that the song was a response to a line in Taylor’s earlier song “Fire and Rain” that “I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend.” King’s album was recorded in an overlap with Taylor’s, and King, Danny Kortchmar, and Joni Mitchell perform on both. The song is included on both albums; King said in a 1972 interview that she “didn’t write it with James or anybody really specifically in mind. But when James heard it he really liked it and wanted to record it”.
Where You Lead: This is a solid more up tempo number
Will You Love Me Tomorrow: This is a ballad that many have covered and done better at it than this version, there is some interesting guitar work toward the end though. This is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was originally recorded in 1960 by The Shirelles, who took their single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1971 Carole King, the co-writer of the song, recorded a version of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for her landmark studio album Tapestry, with Joni Mitchell and James Taylor on background vocals. King’s version of the song was taken at a considerably slower tempo and with a more contemplative, melancholy feel than in the Shirelles original recording. It gained considerable album-oriented rock airplay due to the large-scale commercial success of the album. It is thus the version that many listeners are most familiar with.
Smackwater Jack: I felt she was weak on this song and that it was written more for a male voice such as Jim Croce or James Taylor,they would have done a better job in my opinion. It’s a good song with a good bass line though.
Tapestry: Obviously the title track and probably the worst on the LP in my opinion. They put an annoying echo on the bass that just throws everything off.
A Natural Woman: Ok, how many have covered this one? i feel a lot of the cover versions are better than this version here in my opinion.  This song was a 1967 single released by American soul singer Aretha Franklin on the Atlantic label. The song was co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with input from Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler. The record was a big hit for Franklin.


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