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Carole King Tapestry Review

Tapestry review

Carole King’s album Tapestry is one of the best albums ever; it's that good.  When you contemplate the abundance of strengths from this record some may favor the piano playing, others the vocals. However, what I find most impressive is the songwriting and orchestration.  Don’t get me wrong because the singing and piano playing is top notch.  But the manner the accompanying instruments, and background vocals are coordinated to complement King is what places Tapestry miles above the norm. In particular, the bass parts are structured perfectly.

Tapestry's first three songs are all hits, yet different in mood.  The first track “I Feel the Earth Move” is up beat, while “So Far Away” is slow, and “Its Too Late” is on the jazz side in a Van Morrison, Moondance, kind of way. The album leans towards ballads and love songs, but the pace picks in songs like the blues based “Smokewater Jack,” and the album closes in stunning fashion with “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” that is perhaps her strongest song vocally. 

Carole King's album Tapestry contains five standout classic supplemented by several very good compositions, and no throwaways. Again, this is one of the best albums ever. by Barry Small ©
A +

Carole King Tapestry track list
Track List

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1. I Feel the Earth Move (King) - 2:58
2. So Far Away (King) - 3:55
3. It's Too Late (King / Stern) - 3:53
4. Home Again (King) - 2:29
5. Beautiful (King) - 3:08
6. Way over Yonder (King) - 4:44
7. You've Got a Friend (King) - 5:09
8. Where You Lead (King / Stern) - 3:20
9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Goffin / King) - 4:12
10. Smackwater Jack (Goffin / King) - 3:41
11. Tapestry (King) - 3:13
12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
       (Goffin / King / Wexler) - 3:49

Additional tracks on remastered version
13. Out in the Cold [Studio Outake] 
     (Amy / King / Kortchmar / Larkey / O'Brien / Schuckett) - 2:44
14. Smackwater Jack [live] (Goffin / King) - 3:21

Deluxe Edition details

DISC TWO: Previously unreleased live piano-voice renditions of Tapestry songs in the original album sequence

Live material recorded in 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts; Columbia, Maryland; and Central Park, New York City, New York and in 1976 at the San Francisco Opera House, San Francisco, California.
Disc 1
1 I Feel the Earth Move
2 So Far Away
3 It's Too Late
4 Home Again
5 Beautiful
6 Way Over Yonder
7 You've Got a Friend
8 Where You Lead
9 Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
10 Smackwater Jack
11 Tapestry
12 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Disc 2
1 I Feel the Earth Move [Piano-Voice Version]
2 So Far Away [Piano-Voice Version]
3 It's Too Late [Piano-Voice Version]
4 Home Again [Piano-Voice Version]
5 Beautiful [Piano-Voice Version]
6 Way Over Yonder [Piano-Voice Version]
7 You've Got a Friend [Piano-Voice Version]
8 Will You Love Me Tomorrow? [Piano-Voice Version]
9 Smackwater Jack [Piano-Voice Version]
10 Tapestry [Piano-Voice Version]
11 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman [#]
Carole King Tapestry musicians

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Carole King - Piano, Keyboards, Vocals

James Taylor - Guitar, Vocals
Charles Larkey - Bass
Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar - Guitar, Conga, Guitar, Vocals
Curtis Amy - Bass, Flute, Sax 
Terry King - Cello
David Campbell - Cello, Viola
Merry Clayton - Vocals
Russ Kunkel - Drums
Joni Mitchell - B-vocals 
Joel O'Brian - Drums
Julia Tillman Waters - B Vocals 
Ralph Schuckett - Piano, Keyboards, Piano 
Penn Steinberg - Bass
Joel OBrien - Drums
Russ Kinkel - Drums
Barry Socher - Violin, Viola
Perry Steinberg - Bass, Violin, String Bass
Julia Tillman - Vocals
David Campbell - Viola

Carole King Tapestry credits

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Label Sony
Released 1971
The remastered version of Tapestry includes a booklet with lyrics and great photo of Carole King and James Taylor, and more. 

The remastered album contains two additional tracks. The Deluxe addition does not include those, instead has a second disc of live material. 

Carole King Tapestry Review