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5.0 out of 5 stars Important addition to the catalogue, 11 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Goffin & King: A Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection 1961-1967 (Audio CD)
John Lennon & Paul McCartney wanted to be Goffin & King but soon overtook them.
In fact Carole King had been making records since 1959 when she cut an answer version of Neil Sedaka's Oh Carol-which stands up well in its own right as a piece of cod country music.
Though Carole King would later become a superstar singer in her own right she found herself in the unque position of covering herself when the album Pearls was issued among a series of albums of her newer songs with other lyric writers.Though she was called a singer songwriter technically speaking she wasn't any more than Neil Sedaka or Elton John who interpreted other peoples' words.
A Cd has now been made available from Canada which gathers all her 50s and 60s solo recordings together up to Road to Nowhere from 1967 on her own short lived Tomorrow label/
Collecting Goffin & King and their various collaborations with others means over 1000 singles and album tracks,many hard to find even on CD.
With this collection you get a few of the obvious hits and many rareities.
My own favorite of their songs is Honey & Wine which like so many was well hidden and never realised its full potential so you found it via a few U K recordings -a single on Decca by A Fair Set and LP tracks by the Hollies and Wayne Fontana & the Mindbendres-which told you more about what the A & R manager brought back from the publishers if it was cheap enough and Honey & Wine had failed as a single by cabaret singer Fran Jefferies eventually ending up with the Back Porch Majority who were connected with the New Christy Minstrels.
The song obviously needed the Righteous Brothers.
One of Goffin & King's more throwaway songs was Show me girl-handed to Herman's Hermits as a demo by Carole King.As the original version of I'm into something good had failed it was covered in England by one Lady Lee who was associated with both Kenny Everett and Billy Fury.Her disc was played by Everett to Mickie Most who decided his new client Peter Noone could do more with it-there's no sentiment in rock'n'roll and the success of hermans hermits meant Goffin & King had a massive windfall.
However by the end of the 60s Goffin & King were no more they were divorced and she went to live on a commune where she wrote songs with Charles Larkey of the Fugs.An album credited to the City was the result and then came the A & M contract,the Writer album and the rest is history
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Initial post: 25 Sep 2010 12:10:24 BDT
A really interesting and thoughtful review. Many thanks, my friend.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 12:46:48 BDT
sistermoon says:
Didn't Mickie Most have good ears to see the hit potential of I'm Into Something Good!

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