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Legendary Demos [VINYL]

Carole King Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (8 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B007P5U30K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 24 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When Carole King released the iconic album "Tapestry" in 1971 she had already spent ten years as a professional songwriter in partnership with Gerry Goffin and others, writing a string of hits for The Shirelles, Little Eva, The Monkees and Bobby Vee. She must be the most successful female songwriter in the history of popular music.

This collection of 13 demos, recorded between 1961 and 1970, features some of the most recognisable pop songs of all time including six that were included on "Tapestry". Despite not being for commercial release the performances have a dramatic intensity and vibrancy as Carole sings to her own piano and occasional guitar accompaniment. These are the building blocks from which would be constructed some of the classic recordings of the sixties.

Not only do these demos prove that she is one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century they also show that they were an inspiration to those artists who performed her material. Hear her perform "Cryin' In The Rain" and it's undeniable that the Everly Brothers based their #6 US hit on the King demo. The backing on Bobby Vee's #1 hit "Take Good Care Of My Baby" was surely inspired by the piano on the King demo, too.

Perhaps the most remarkable track on the album is "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Born Woman". Carole invests it with a raw and sincere emotion and an inspired piano accompaniment. It rivals the classic Aretha Franklin version, a US #2.

Other gems include spontaneous demos of "Pleasant Valley Sunday" a Monkees #3, "Just Once In My Life", a #9 for the Righteous Brothers, and "You've Got A Friend" a #1 hit for James Taylor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary Demos 13 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
Very fresh readings of some of the greatest songs ever written. A must if you are a fan of good singer-songwriter music and/or the Tapestry album (six tracks of which appear here in demo form). A real treat, too, to hear Carole King singing 'Pleasant Valley Sunday', which was famously turned into a 1967 Monkees hit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as though she was singing just for me. 21 Aug 2014
By pauland
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Carol King is one of my favourite artists (songwriters).

I love the demos - they have a rawness and intimacy about them that makes me listen to them again and again.

Two thumbs up, if you're a CK fan, and maybe even if you're not!
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