Album #212 – Tapestry
This album is historic in many ways: it spent 306 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album chart and it was the first and only time a female solo artist has achieved this. It is also the breakthrough album for Carole King. It features a combination of new songs and old songs that Carole King co-wrote with her ex-husband Jerry Goffin done in her laid back, singer-songwriter style. This album helped kickstart the 70’s singer-songwriter movement. This album would not have come to fruition unless King’s good friend, James Taylor, convinced King to record her own songs. Among the hits on this album are: I Feel The Earth Move, So Far Away and King’s signature song, It’s Too Late. I Feel The Earth Move and It’s Too Late both went to number one. King also does great covers of songs she wrote or co-wrote for other artists. They include: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?(featuring amazing backing vocals from James Taylor and Joni Mitchell), (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and You’ve Got A Friend (which became a number one hit for Taylor the same year). Also on this album is the song Where You Lead which was the theme song for one of my favorite T.V. shows, Gilmore Girls. The arrangements are very low-key and suit the style that King is trying to convey. It would set the pattern for the other singer-songwriters to come along during the decade. Even the session musicians on this album would play on albums for many of the singer-songwriters of the 1970’s. This was the first time I had listened to this album all the way through and I did enjoy it. Carole King does an amazing job on this album and even the songs I did not like at first have grown on me. I own this album on CD and I am so glad now that I do. This album is still influential to this day and many contemporary artists include Carole King among their influences. King had not stopped either. She recently released a live album with James Taylor called Live At The Troubador and both embarked on a world tour. This album proves that King was one of the best singer-songwriters of the 20th century. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.
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