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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
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,...
Published on 24 April 2012 by Angel Delta

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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
The sleeve could have been better and it should have concentrated on demos from the early days.
As there are quite a number of dress photos in the book one of these should have been used to give this more a sense of period
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 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.

A bonus for me was hearing King's evocative and poignant performance of "So Goes Love" recorded by The Monkees in 1966 but not released until it was "discovered" in the eighties. Their version shows what a great song this is but it just can't compete with the atmosphere created by the King original.

Wonderful songs and wonderful performances. This release is a fitting testament to the legend that is Carole King.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary Demos, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Carole King., 18 July 2012
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Good CD.Fast delivery.Booklet with pics gives a good insight in music in the 1960 / 1970 and the way the music business worked.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, 6 Jun 2012
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The sleeve could have been better and it should have concentrated on demos from the early days.
As there are quite a number of dress photos in the book one of these should have been used to give this more a sense of period
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