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  • Audio CD (24 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: American Beat
  • ASIN: B000OVLB6M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jarle L. Nyvoll on 3 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of Carole King's best albums ever - close to TAPESTRY in quality. The immediate hits are AIN'T THAT THE WAY, LEGACY and the two superb ballads I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT YOU and SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN YOU. "Beautiful," as Carole herself whispers almost inaudibly at the end of the former.
Still, the rest of the album builds a mood that permeates almost every second of the album. The opening salvo of the title track and two more establish a "blue", yet positive mood, and almost all the songs add layers to this. The exceptions - as far as I'm concerned - are MIDNIGHT FLYER, LOVELIGHT and HOMELESS HEART. They are acceptable pop songs with roots in the late 60s/early 70s, but they never really get off the ground. (Again, in my very 'umble opinion.) The worst of the all, I think, is LOVELIGHT, where she tries to rock things up, but achieves what could only be described as an OK B side. If that.
But don't let those reservations stop you. Seven of the ten songs are among the best Carole King has ever written - and that should be read as a compliment. ENJOY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Minkx on 4 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
As other reviewers have already said, Lovelight is a totally duff track which would marr the album if the rest of it weren't so totally brilliant. (And bizarrely it's difficult to think of another BAD Carole King song.) Listening to City Streets twenty years later, it's haunting in that it totally captures how life in the city was in the 90s for those of us who were single, and looking for, and wondering whether we would ever find lurve. Maybe it still does. There's a rocky drive and, above all, a coherence to all of it, absent from the earlier albums, which is also present in the follow up Colour of Your Dreams, though to a lesser extent. It's no wonder that in the recent anniversary programmes about Tapestry they kept playing snatches of Legacy and Down to the Darkness. Fan-tas-tic.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
City Streets is an awesome work. There is none of Carole's nasal introspection so characteristic of her 1970s albums. Instead she sings properly and these songs are most impressive, melodious and gripping, whilst the musical style is an appealing blend of rock and pop.

What I like most in the instrumental mix is the brilliant guitar work and the piano. The hook-filled title track has evocative imagery whilst there is an anthemic quality to Sweet Life. Although Down To The Darkness has a melancholy air it brings a message of hope.

There is in fact a tone of upliftment throughout the album, as in the uptempo Lovelight and the intimate love ballad I Can't Stop Thinking About You. Legacy is quite a rock stomper, Aint That The Way a bluesy ballad with moving lyrics, and Midnight Flyer a lilting uptempo rock song with an infectuous hook.

One of my favorites is the elegant and yearning Homeless Heart where the lovely piano stands out. The album concludes with the comforting and inspiring ballad Someone Who Believes In You. These songs are all hidden classics with real soul so rediscovering this album has been a pleasant surprize.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
City Streets is an impressive album with wonderful anthemic songs. The nasally introspection so characteristic of her 1970s albums is mercifully absent. Instead she sings robustly on these melodious and catchy compositons. The musical style is an appealing blend of rock and pop.

The brilliant guitar work and the piano stand out in the instrumental mix. The hook-filled title song has evocative imagery whilst there is an anthemic quality to Sweet Life. A message of hope underpins Down To The Darkness although it has a melancholy feel.

A theme of upliftment flows throughout the album, as in the uptempo Lovelight and the intimate love ballad I Can't Stop Thinking About You. Legacy is quite a rock stomper, Aint That The Way a bluesy ballad with moving lyrics, and Midnight Flyer a lilting uptempo rock song with an infectuous hook.

One of my favorites is the elegant and yearning Homeless Heart where the lovely piano stands out. The album concludes with the comforting and inspiring ballad Someone Who Believes In You. These songs are all hidden classics with real soul so rediscovering this album has been a pleasant surprize.
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By Mr. James D. Lee on 18 Feb. 2009
Format: Vinyl
I have had this album on tape for years, and still love it! I do appreciate a wide range of music and consider Carole King to be one of the best singer / song writer's of the 20th Century, and still going strong! Unfortunately, the tape is now quite worn in one aspect and I needed another copy. Having found the album on Vinyl LP via Amazon, I was more than pleased to purchase the album again. The album has both up tempo pieces and some slow ballads. I once met a Carole King fan who stated that this album "wasn't up to much," but I do not concur. This album clearly has associations with the famous "Tapestry" album, certainly on the ballad front. And the more rocky tracks are great, especially the title track and "Legacy." Hope you enjoy the album; let's face it, "it's your legacy!"
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