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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B007N0CLQ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  3. Take Good Care Of My Baby 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. It's Too Late 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Tapestry 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Just Once In My Life 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2012
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gilmour's cat on 13 Jun. 2012
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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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Carole King is a true pioneer of the pop music era - the first female songwriter to achieve major success in the 1960s, and then the artist behind maybe the most-successful singer-songwriter album ever, Tapestry. Anyone wanting to really understand the full genius of King would do well to start with Tapestry and then this collection of demos made between 1961 and 1970. Carole always wanted to be a songwriter rather than performer, and when she started to write major hits as a teenager, she would record demos of the songs for the intended artists. These would generally be Carole, her piano and sometimes a few other musicians, but would showcase not just the songs but also how we saw them being arranged. Most times, it was the arrangement that was picked up and not just the song - and these demos show this wonderfully. Carole's demo of "Take Good Care Of My Baby" with just her piano and singing has wonderful little flourishes that foreshadow the orchestration of Bobby Vee's hit version. Carole's voice is double-tracked on "Crying In The Rain", a song written for the Everly Brothers and already sounding like a female version of their recording. Many others have noted the brilliance of Carole's early reading of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and it is a stunning version - whereas the future Tapestry version would be stripped-back, this one sets a lush arrangement as a potential template for the original Aretha version, and it is stunning. Elsewhere, there are a few tracks that never made the big time as hits but were quality songs (like "So Goes Love" and "Like Little Children"), and then stripped back early versions of Tapestry tracks. These are all great additions to any collection - listen to Carole "la-la" her way through "It's Too Late"'s arrangement at the end. Great stuff. Great liner notes, too!!! A great purchase!
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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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Great to hear Carole King's versions of songs she wrote for others. They might be demos but she sings with her characteristic warmth & honesty.
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By Musical Fan on 5 Aug. 2014
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A fascinating collection of early demos and 'Taspestry' demos by Carole King. Would have liked more early recordings
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